Worried about pregnancy?

worried about being pregnant

If you're having sex, you can get pregnant, even if you are using contraception. The only way to know if you are pregnant is to have a pregnancy test.


Remember sexual health services are confidential your parents will not be told unless you want them to be. Doctors, nurses and other professionals such as youth workers are not allowed to give out information about you without your consent unless they think you or another person is at risk. In these cases, they would try to discuss it with you first.

Signs of being pregnant

Missed period

This is usually the first thing you notice but there are other reasons for missing your period, like stress or illness, or if you have been exercising really hard for weeks or months.

Unusual or irregular period
 
You can be pregnant and still have a period. But it might be a bit different, earlier or later or heavier or lighter.  Many young women have irregular periods, if you're not sure take a pregnancy test.    

Morning sickness

With morning sickness, some women are sick (vomit) and some have a feeling of sickness (nausea) without being sick. The term "morning sickness" is misleading as it can affect you at any time of the day or night, and some women feel sick all day long.

Weeing more than usual

You might feel like you have to wee more than usual, but often only in small amounts.

Breasts may be bigger

After you've missed your period, your breasts might start to get bigger. You could also feel a tingling sensation around your nipples – or they may just be uncomfortably sore.

More tired than usual

You'll find that in the early stages of pregnancy you might feel more tired than usual but you could be tired for other reasons such as stress.

 

How do I find out if I am pregnant.

Step 1: Emergency Contraception
If you have had unprotected sex (sex without using contraception) or the condom split you could be pregnant. The first thing to do is to get emergency contraception or the 'morning after pill' within 72 hours of having sex or an IUD that can be fitted up to five days after.


Where to get Emergency Contraception if you are aged 25 or under:

  • ASC chemists - free to everyone aged 25 and under
  • Integrated Sexual Health Services (ISHS) - free
  • Non ASC pharmacies - about £26 - all ages


Step 2: Pregnancy Test
If it is too late for emergency contraception you should take a pregnancy test.

Where to get a pregnancy test:

  • ASC chemists - free to everyone aged 25 and under
  • Integrated Sexual Health Services (ISHS) - free
  • Shops - (though there is a charge)


Step 3: The Pregnancy Test Result
Negative Result: If you did a home pregnancy test and it's negative you might want to have another test at an ASC chemist or ISHS as sometimes home tests are wrong, they will be able to give you advice about contraception to avoid getting pregnant.

Positive Result: If you have done a home pregnancy test and it is positive you will need to get the result checked. Contact your GP or phone Marie Stopes on 0345 121 4447 for advice or to make an appointment, the phone line is open 24 hours/7 days a week and you can get an appointment within three days. They will do another pregnancy test and provide support on the options available if you are pregnant.  They will understand that this is a difficult time for you and are not there to judge you.


Step 4: Choices if you are pregnant
There are several choices available and only you can decide what is best for you and you shouldn't feel pressured into a decision by anyone else but you might want to talk to your parents, sister or another trusted adult such as youth worker about your choices.

Abortion: If you feel that it is not the right time for you to have a baby you may decide to have an abortion - an abortion is when the pregnancy is ended without the result of a birth of a child.

If this is the option you decide, please contact Marie Stopes - see TAKE ACTION

Consent to have an abortion: As long as you understand the procedures involved and are sure it is what you want to do then even if you are under 16 you can give your own consent to the abortion without anyone else being informed such as your parents/ carer/ guardian. Only in some cases, depending on the situation the doctor may feel it is necessary to obtain a guardian consent.

You do not need to get consent from the father of the child, though you may want to talk to him when you think about what you want to do.

Adoption: You may decide that you want to go through with the pregnancy but then have the child adopted. Having a child adopted means that you will not bring the child up but somebody else will (who would have gone through a testing process by social services)  
It helps to know all the information about adoption before you make a decision - The FPA provides advice and information on the process of adoption. If this is an option you want to consider then it discuss further with your GP to ensure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Continuing with the Pregnancy: If you have decided to continue with the pregnancy then you need to see your GP to discuss antenatal support.

Help to make your choice

You can talk about your choices at Marie Stopes, their website provides lots of advice and information about your choices.


It helps to talk: Don't go through it alone, try to find someone you can talk to who you can trust.

Parents /Carers You may feel that your parents are the last people you can tell because they will be angry. Initially they maybe shocked but most parents would not want you to go through it alone.

Friends: Perhaps you have a friend who can help and support you through any decision you make.

Family: If you think you can't tell your parents, then perhaps a family member such as an aunt, or cousin or a sister or brother can help.

Other: Perhaps there is another adult you can trust such as a youth worker, or a teacher, or a school nurse - anyone who can offer you support.
 

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