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I might be pregnant – what should I do?

  • Do a pregnancy test

    If you think you may be pregnant, do a test as soon as possible.

    • You can buy a test from the chemist or supermarket and do it yourself.
    • You can get a free test at some of the Unity Sexual Health Service clinics – please visit our clinics page.

    You can carry out a pregnancy test from the first day of a missed period. Tests that are done earlier than this may not be accurate.

    If the test is positive, this means you are pregnant. All pregnancy tests, when carried out correctly and at the right time, are reliable. This includes tests that you buy from the pharmacy or supermarket to do yourself.

    If you don’t have regular periods, and the test is negative, you should repeat the test at least three weeks (21 days) from the last time that you had unprotected sex.

  • I've had a positive pregnancy test. What are my choices?

    You now need to think about what you want to do:

    • Continue with the pregnancy and keep the baby (you could ask about extra support if needed)
    • Continue with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted
    • End the pregnancy by having an abortion

    You may wish to talk to family and friends – or it might be easier to talk to someone who is not so close to you.

  • What should I do if I'm not sure?

    If you are having difficulty reaching a decision, it is often useful to talk it over with people you can trust and having accurate information can help. You may wish to talk to family and friends – or it might be easier to talk to someone who is not so close to you.

    Often it is best to book an appointment to find out how many weeks pregnant you are, get some accurate information about abortion and pregnancy and talk about your options with health professionals. Call the Unity central booking number 0345 872 5435 in order to book an appointment.

    Staff at Unity Pregnancy Advisory Service hope to be able to help you resolve any conflicting emotions and reach the right decision for you. We recognise that this may take some time. If you do decide to end the pregnancy you will be given another appointment on a different date for an abortion.

  • What should I do if I have already decided to continue with the pregnancy?

    Contact your GP practice and ask to book to see a midwife for antenatal care.

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