Pregnancy and General Health

Find out about the Dutch attitude to teenagers' health and pregnancy...


The Netherlands has very low rates of teenage pregnancy compared to many other countries. There is good access to contraceptives, which are free (except condoms which are widely sold and often at discounted prices).

Abortion rates are similarly low. Termination is available on request up to 24 weeks and can be obtained under the national health system free of charge. Before operating, a doctor must see the patient and advise her of the options available, inform her of the risks and if she is under 18 years of age must have parental consent.

Minimal benefits are paid to young unmarried mothers in the Netherlands.

The Public Health Department (GGD) offers free Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) treatment, sexual health advice, contraceptives and referrals for termination.

General health

The Juvenile Health Care Centre (Jeugdgezondheidszorg/JGZ) of the GGD provides guidance to parents and guardians in The Netherlands about the physical, emotional and psychological development of their children aged 4 to 19 years of age.

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