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 from the day when your period should have started or 21 days after you had unprotected sex.

If you think you may be pregnant, you can buy a simple kit to take the test at home or go to your nearest sexual health clinic, GUM clinic or Brook Centre. Pregnancy testing kits cost about £3–£5 and are available at pharmacies and larger supermarkets.

The test checks for a certain hormone (which is produced in pregnancy) in your urine and are over 99% accurate. The packaging will have clear instructions on how to take the test and the results.

If there’s any possibility that you might be pregnant, see our other pregnancy pages:

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