I think I might be pregnant

I think I might be pregnant

If you have had unprotected sex you need to take EHC as soon as possible. EHC can be used up to 72 hours (3 days) after unprotected sex and can prevent pregnancy but is more effective the sooner you take it. It is free to women under 25, including under 16s, from pharmacies displaying the EHC logo.

If it has been more than 3 days you can still get an IUD fitted up to 5 days after unprotected sex. You need to make an appointment at a Contraception service as soon as possible. For an appointment call 020 8924 6674.

If you think you might be pregnant it is important to get a pregnancy test as soon as possible. In Redbridge you can get a free pregnancy test and confidential advice at Contraception Services, from some School Nurses and at various YPF accredited sites such as Hainault, Wanstead and Loxford Youth Centres.

Find out more about EHC here.

Pregnancy Testing

If you think you might be pregnant but haven't had a pregnancy test you need to have one as soon as you can. Pregnancy tests can be carried out on a sample of urine from the first day of a missed period. Getting an early pregnancy test gives you more options if you are pregnant.

When you go for a test you can take a friend along with you for support. You'll be asked to give a sample of urine when you get there. You can also buy a pregnancy test kit to do yourself from your local pharmacist for about £10.

If you are not pregnant you need to think about what form of contraception you will use before you have sex again. It is really important to do this. You can go to your doctor or one of the Redbridge Contraception services which can be found in the contraception section of our website. You can get free condoms from YPF accredited sites in Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham. You should also plan to get tested for STIs.

Options

If you are pregnant you have three options:

  • You can carry on with the pregnancy and keep the baby.
  • You can carry on with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted.
  • You can have an abortion (also known as Termination of Pregnancy)

Finding out you are pregnant can be a big shock and you may be feeling confused or scared about what to do next. If you don't feel like you can talk to your parents or carer it can help to talk through your feelings and options with an adult that you trust, like a teacher or youth worker.

You can get confidential, non-judgemental and specialist advice from the young people's charity Brook either by texting them on 07537 402 024 or chatting to them using their webchat service on their website www.brook.org.uk.  Both services are open 9am-3pm on Monday-Friday, except for bank holidays.  Standard sms rates apply when using the Brook text service.

If you want an abortion, or have any questions about the procedure, Marie Stopes is a YPF accredited site and their staff have a great deal of experience working with young people.  They can be contacted on 0345 300 8090.

There are many support services available to you regardless of what option you choose.  Some of these are listed below: