If you think you are pregnant the first thing to do is find out for sure and the sooner you do that the better, so act quickly and get a pregnancy test. Whether it’s planned or not, there will be questions, fears, anxieties and doubts. Luckily there are clinics that offer free and confidential help to girls and women who think that they may be pregnant.
You can carry out most pregnancy tests on a sample of urine from the first day of a missed period. If you’re pregnant, this is about two weeks after conception. You can get a pregnancy test free of charge from all our clinics, your GP or you can also buy one yourself from pharmacies. Pregnancy tests can give a quick result. If you do a test at home it is important to get a GP or Clinic to confirm the result.
If you have had unprotected sex in the last five days and are worried you may be pregnant you can take emergency contraception which can be used to help prevent an unplanned pregnancy. You can get this from a Sexual Health Clinic, GP or pharmacy
If you’re not pregnant, it is probably a good time to think about getting advice on contraception to prevent an unplanned pregnancy in the future
If you are pregnant it’s good to talk to someone about your options. You may feel a whole range of different emotions. It’s best if possible to try and talk to someone you trust. You can come into one of our clinics and speak to a healthcare specialist who will be able to offer you support and help you decide what you want to do.
If you are pregnant you have 3 options:
- You can continue with the pregnancy and have a baby.
- You can have the baby and have it adopted.
- You can have a termination (sometimes called an abortion).
Whatever you decide it is your decision. We recognise this is an emotional and important time and know that many women want to get things sorted out as quickly as possible, we want you to be able to talk about how you feel and to keep you safe. If you are unsure as what to do we can offer specialist support, advice and information through our Unplanned Pregnancy Advice Clinic.
Unplanned Pregnancy Advice Clinic (UPAC)
Phone us on 0115 9627627 to book an appointment for a pregnancy test, and to talk in confidence to our staff. You will have all the time you need to discuss your options and the choices available to you.
If you have already done a pregnancy test that is positive, then you can contact your GP for advice, or request an appointment through our phone line.