What If I Become Pregnant?

No method of contraception is perfect. If you think you could be pregnant, do a pregnancy test as soon as possible. 

You can do a test from the first day of a missed period – before this time the level of pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), may be too low to show up on a test and you may get a negative result even though you are pregnant. If you don’t know when your next period is due, the earliest time to do a test is 21 days after unprotected sex.

If you are pregnant you need to think about what you want to do. You can choose to:

  • continue with the pregnancy and keep the baby
  • end the pregnancy by having an abortion
  • continue with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted.  

You can also get help and information from the Family Planning Association (FPA) . 

FPA’s leaflet Pregnant and don’t know what to do? explains your options.


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