Do you think you might be pregnant? Missed a period or had unprotected sex?
You need to know whether you are pregnant or not. How can you find out?
I might be pregnant, how can I find out?
You may be experiencing all sorts of symptoms that go with pregnancy, but having a pregnancy test done is the best way of finding out if you are pregnant or not.
A pregnancy test detects the presence of a certain pregnancy hormone in your urine. It is quick and easy to do. Most pregnancy tests can detect a pregnancy from the first day of a missed period.
How do I get a pregnancy test?
If you want to do the test yourself, you can:
- Buy one from a chemist or supermarket and do it at home.
If you want someone to do it for you, you can:
- Pay a chemist to do one for you on the premises. You will need to take a sample of urine in a small clean container
- Visit your local walk-in NHS health centre for a free test. To find your nearest one, go to www.nhs.uk
- Visit your GP. Some still provide pregnancy tests
- Visit the community contraceptive clinic
- Visit the sexual health or genitourinary medicine clinics (GUM clinic)
Remember that a positive result may still be a surprise to you even though you suspect you might be pregnant. You may want to have someone with you when you find out the result.
I might be pregnant, what do I do next?
Discovering you might be pregnant can leave you feeling a mixture of emotions.
Often this makes it difficult to know what to do next and it's important for you to get the right kind of support at a time that's right for you. Having access to information helps you to feel more in control of what's happening. It may also be helpful for you to talk to somebody.
There are a number of ways to learn more about what's happening and to find out what your next steps might be.
CareConfidential National Helpline and OnlineAdvisor
If you'd like to talk to one of our advisors on the phone, for as long as you need, you can ring our national helpline on 0300 4000 999. You can also click here to find out about the helpline.
If you'd rather talk to an online advisor using the internet please click here to learn more about the OnlineAdvisor service.
Both of these services provide confidential help and advice; however you can also find help using services from organisations other than CareConfidential.
Other sources of support
Organisations other than CareConfidential that also provide support:
- NHS Direct on 111 or www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk (clicking this link will take you away from the CareConfidential website)
- Your local NHS walk-in centre: to find your nearest centre, see www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk
(clicking this link will take you away from the CareConfidential website)
- Your local sexual health clinic
- Your GP
If your pregnancy test was negative
You may still need to talk to someone about any of the following: If you have had unprotected sex within the last 120 hours (five days) click to find out about emergency contraception. If you have concerns about an STI How you feel about the possibility of a pregnancy in the future Your feelings about your relationship Your ongoing use of contraception