If you are pregnant, or think that you might be, you can find information or get help from lots of places. It is important to speak to someone as soon as you can.
Whatever your situation there is support available for you.
The possibility of an unplanned pregnancy can be an overwhelming experience.
If you think you may be pregnant - firstly, find out if you are.
The first sign is usually a missed period following sexual intercourse. Then you may experience breast tenderness and nausea that may occur soon after the missed period. If you have experienced the above symptoms, you need to have a pregnancy test. To do this, you can:
- See your GP confidentially
- Obtain a home pregnancy testing kit from a pharmacy.
- Confirm the result of a pregnancy test by seeing your GP
If you are not pregnant:This is an important time to think about the future. You may have experienced a lot of anxiety over the last few weeks.
Is it worth the worry? Are you ready for pregnancy?
If you wish to avoid the distress of an unplanned pregnancy in the future, talking to a counsellor or to your doctor may help you to consider your options regarding future sexual activity and/or contraception.
This may also be a good time to discuss the situation with your partner to explore your feelings about pregnancy i.e. Is the relationship ready? What options might we have considered if the test result was positive? What does this mean for the future of our relationship? What plans should we put in place to avoid pregnancy in the future?
If you are pregnant:You may feel very anxious about telling your parent(s), afraid of their possible anger or disappointment. Perhaps another adult you can trust e.g. school counsellor could talk with you about these concerns initially.
There are a number of options to consider. It is important that you take some time to think about what you want and not be pressured into a decision by others.
Initially, you may be in shock and find it hard to think. This is very normal. It usually takes time before it is possible to think clearly about what might be the best thing to do.
If you decide to keep your baby there is lots of help within your reach, but you will need to contact someone to talk things over. A visit to your doctor will be confidential and he/she will refer you to local support agencies.
Try to speak to an adult you trust, they will be able to offer practical advice and help you obtain the care you need.
The following websites are designed to help you, there are also help lines so that you can talk to someone confidentially about your concerns and questions.
www.careconfidential.com Care Confidential
www.brook.org.uk 0800 018 5023
www.ruthinking.co.uk Sexwise 0800 28 29 30
www.fpa.org.uk Family Planning Association 0845 310 1334