A pregnancy test should ideally be carried out on an early morning specimen of urine, that is the very first one in the morning when you get up, as it contains the most hormones to test. Pregnancy test are accurate from three weeks after an episode of unprotected sex.
When should you request a pregnancy test?
- If your period is overdue
- If your period is not overdue but was a lot lighter or shorter than usual.
Where do I go for a pregnancy test?
These are available:
- To buy over the counter at any pharmacy/chemist
- GP Surgeries
- Choices clinic
How much do they cost?
There is a charge at the surgery and from the chemist.
Pregnancy Tests are free from the Choices clinic.
What if the test is negative?
You may be advised to return on another day to repeat the test on an ‘early morning’ specimen or if you have had unprotected sex less than three weeks before, as the test might be too early to show if you are pregnant.
The clinic staff can advise you about the full range of contraception options available to reduce your risk of future unwanted pregnancy and also how to prevent sexually transmitted infections. They can also advise when to restart your contraception and when it will be effective.
What if it is positive?
You will need to discuss your options with the clinic doctor.
If you wish to continue with the pregnancy, you will need to see your G.P where antenatal care will be arranged for you and your baby. It is recommended that you start taking antenatal vitamins that contain folic acid and vitamin D.
If you are unsure about your pregnancy, you are not alone, as many women have mixed feelings when they find out they are pregnant, even if they have been pregnant before. This is quite normal and understandable.
Your doctor will be there to discuss your anxieties and a counsellor is available who will help you to talk through your feelings in a non-judgemental and non-directional way, and will help you to explore all the issues.
This free confidential counselling service is offered by the Health and Social Services Department through the Choices clinic.
The counsellor’s confidential ‘help line’ telephone number is 07781 126439. Leave your name and contact number and the counsellor will contact you to arrange an appointment.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
If you are at risk of pregnancy then you are also at risk of infections, as you will have had unprotected sex. Our clinic staff will talk to you about testing for this and ask if you have had any symptoms. They can also advise you on condom use, which is the only way to reduce your risk. Condoms are supplied free from the clinic and you can call in any time the clinic is open to collect further supplies.