Unplanned pregnancy

Sefton Sexual Health Service offer free pregnancy testing. However, in order to get the most accurate results, here is some advice when collecting your urine sample.

  • You can do a pregnancy test from the first day of a missed period. It’s best to test the first urine sample in the morning as this will be more concentrated. If you do the test too early in pregnancy it may not show up and will give you an incorrect result.
  • If you don’t know when your next period is due you can do a test 3 weeks after unprotected sex.
  • If you think you could be pregnant you should do a pregnancy test as soon as possible.
  • If you don’t go to Sefton Sexual Health for your test, you can buy a pregnancy testing kit from any pharmacy e.g. Clearblue. However, when you attend the Sefton Sexual Health  clinic you may be asked to repeat the test again so the practitioner can confirm the result.
  • If the pregnancy test is positive this means you are pregnant. Most self-test kits are reliable.
  • It is normal to feel a variety of emotions when you find out you are pregnant; happy, shocked, worry, anger, anxiety, concern or fear.
  • Whatever you feel you need to make a decision about what you want to do. The decision is yours; never feel pressurised by others to do something you that don’t want to do.
  • There are 3 options for you to think about:
    • continue with the pregnancy
    • end the pregnancy by having an abortion
    • continue with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted or fostered
  • The following services can help you make your decision by providing confidential advice and information: (your health care professional, Marie Stopes mariestopes.org.uk, the fpa www.fpa.org.uk or British Pregnancy Advisory Service www.bpas.org).

The following link provides more detail on your options.

http://www.fpa.org.uk/unplanned-pregnancy-and-abortion/pregnant-and-dont-know-what-do

  • If possible, you should also talk through your options with your partner, family or friends.
  • It is important not to delay making your decision. Abortion is safer and easier the earlier it is done in pregnancy and needs in most circumstances to be done before 13 weeks gestation (13 weeks from first day of last period). It is important to get advice as soon as possible if you wish to have a referral for an abortion.
  • You can also self- refer into abortion services or simply receive more information if you call 03457 30 40 30