- 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. 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.
- You can buy a pregnancy testing kit from any pharmacy e.g. Clearblue.
- Free pregnancy testing is available from the following services:
- Some GPs
- Family planning clinics
- Young people’s services including The Point, KU19 and Off the Record
- Most sexual health clinics including the Wolverton
- Most NHS walk in centres
- 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 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 GP or practice nurse
- Your local family planning or sexual health clinic
- Your local young person’s service
- The Brook (people under 25 years)
- Marie Stopes
- 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, because it can take a month to organise things.
The Wolverton Centre offers free pregnancy testing to women of all ages and provides counselling and referral advice for termination of pregnancy but you need to be registered with a GP.
For further information or advice, useful links
For termination of pregnancy call the South West London Central Booking Service on 0345 872 5503 for residents registered with a GP in Kingston, Richmond, Merton, Wandsworth & Sutton. (If you live outside of these London boroughs, please contact your GP).