Pregnancy and getting tested

If you are planning to get pregnant, it is a good idea to visit your GP or local contraception/sexual health clinic to find out how you can keep you and your unborn baby as healthy as possible.

Pregnancy Testing

If you think you could be pregnant you should do a pregnancy test as soon as possible. You can do a pregnancy test from the first day of a missed period. If you do a test before this time, it may be too soon to show whether or not you are pregnant.

If you don't know when your next period is due, the earliest time to do a test is three weeks (21 days) after unprotected sex. You can buy a pregnancy test from a pharmacy to do yourself, or you can ask for a free test to be done at:

  • contraception/sexual health clinics

  • a young people's service (there will be an upper age limit)

  • some GPs (if your pregnancy is planned, this is the best place to go)

Bring a urine sample (first wee of the day) if your period is more than a week late.

What if the test result is positive?

If the pregnancy test is positive, this means you are pregnant. All tests, including tests you do yourself, are very reliable.

It's normal to feel a range of different emotions when you find out you are pregnant.

Whatever you feel, you now need to think about what to do. It is important to take time to make the decision that's right for you, but it's also important not to delay making your decision.

Don't let anyone else pressure you into doing something you don't want to do. The decision is yours.

For some women it can be very difficult working out what to do, but there is support available to help you think through all your options. You can choose to:

Doctors and nurses can help and support you in making your decision.

For detailed information on how you can get pregnant, how to find out if you are pregnant and what determines your baby's sex, go to Pregnancy planner: all about conception. For information about pre pregnancy health care click here