Pregnancy test

A test to check whether you're pregnant

How can I test whether I'm pregnant?

If you've had unprotected sex or your contraception has failed, you could be pregnant. You may need to take a pregnancy test to confirm this.

If you're not sure you want to be pregnant and you've had a positive pregnancy test, you may be feeling confused, shocked and scared. It's important to face what's happening and seek advice as soon as possible. It's also important to make the right decision for you.

If you've had unprotected sex within the last 5 days and a pregnancy would be unwanted, you can use emergency contraception such as the emergency contraceptive pill or IUD to ensure any pregnancy does not continue. If you've had unprotected sex more than 5 days ago, it's important to take a pregnancy test after about 3 weeks, if your period is late, or if you have abnormal bleeding.

Pregnancy test results

The result will either be:

  • Negative: you’re not pregnant. If your test is negative, but your period is late or you have pregnancy symptoms, you need to repeat the test after a week.
  • Positive: you're pregnant. Other people / doctors / counsellors can help you make a decision by explaining your choices, but in the end you must decide what you want.

Bear in mind that you cannot do a reliable pregnancy test until 2-3 weeks after the time when you may have become pregnant.

If you're not sure you want to be pregnant

If you've had a positive pregnancy test, you may be feeling confused, shocked and scared.

It's important to face what's happening and seek advice as soon as possible. It's also important to make the right decision for you.

If you're not sure about continuing with the pregnancy, you can discuss this confidentially.

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