Pregnant?

If you had unprotected sex in the past 72 hours, you can still take emergency contraception to avoid pregnancy. There are two types of pill – one that works for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex and one that works for up to 120 hours. The sooner you take it, the more effective it will be. You can also have an emergency coil fitted. Go to your nearest clinic and ask for advice. It will always be completely confidential, so please do not worry.

If you think you might be pregnant but you’re not sure, it’s important to take a pregnancy test as soon as possible. If you find out you are pregnant and you are less than 24 weeks pregnant (a doctor will be able to tell you) you have three options:

  • Continue with the pregnancy, have the baby and raise your child
  • Continue with the pregnancy, have the baby and have the child adopted
  • End the pregnancy by having an abortion

Some people will find this decision easy but for others it might be more difficult. It will depend on your personal circumstances, your age, your family and financial situation. Remember that it is your decision – it has to be your choice.

The worst thing you can do is to worry about it in private. There are people you can talk to in the strictest confidence who will be able to help you:
Brook
British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)
Marie Stopes UK

 

Pregnancy testing

If your period doesn’t start when it should do, your contraception failed or you had unprotected sex and didn’t take emergency contraception, you could be pregnant. You can take a test to check for sure (more…)

Continuing the pregnancy

If you are pregnant and decide to continue with the pregnancy (whether you are going to keep the baby or have it adopted), there is a network of healthcare professionals to support you.  (more…)