Think you might be pregnant?
You can do a pregnancy test from the first day of your missed period. If you have regular periods, you will probably know when this is.
If your periods are irregular, you can do a pregnancy test 21 days (3 weeks) after the last time you had unprotected sex (sex without using contraception).
Missing a period is the most reliable sign of pregnancy. Other things to look out for include:
- Feeling sick, nauseous or vomiting;
- Feeling tired or moody;
- Needing to pee more often than normal;
- Sore or tender breasts.
If you think you are pregnant, you will need to do a test to confirm this. You can do a test at home, but it is better to have one with a health professional (a nurse or Dr) who can then help you to make a decision about your next step.
Young women can get a free pregnancy test from:
Women of all ages, including young women, can get a free pregnancy test from:
Pharmacies and supermarkets sell pregnancy testing kits; they cost between £10 and £15 and are easy to use.
If the test is positive: You are almost certainly pregnant
If the test is negative: A negative test result isn't always reliable so you might want to do a second test a few days later, just to make sure. If you get this done by a health professional (a nurse or doctor) you can also ask them about the different methods of contraception. They can help you decide what contraception to use so that you don't get pregnant by mistake.