If you have had sex and your period is more than two weeks late, you may be pregnant. Find out for certain by having a test done. You can get a free test from your doctor or Contraception and Sexual Health Clinic. Pregnancy tests are available to buy from pharmacies and supermarkets but it can be easy to make a mistake. Some pharmacies shops will do the test for you but you will be charged.
If You’re Pregnant
Having a baby is a big responsibility. Consider your options carefully and seek advice. Tell your parents or guardian if you can –you may find them extremely helpful when they’ve got over the surprise. The following people or agencies can help you to talk about your options:
• Your doctor
• Contraception & Sexual Health Clinic (CaSH) / Young Person’s Clinic
• Social services
• School Nurse at your school
• Youth Service
• Teenage Pregnancy Midwives - See local services at the back of Youthfax
All of these services are confidential and can advise you about all aspects of the pregnancy and your sexual health.
If you are going ahead with the pregnancy, it’s important to contact your doctor or the teenage pregnancy midwife and arrange ante-natal (before birth) check ups. Get information about benefits and housing (if necessary). If you are working, you should be entitled to maternity leave.