Pregnancy testing and choices
If you think you are pregnant, you can get a free test ‘while you wait’ at Castlegate, or at any YorSexual Health Clinic. You can also go to your GP.
You can also buy pregnancy test at chemists and supermarkets. For a reliable result with a pregnancy test, you will need to wait 3 weeks from when you had unprotected sex.
If you are pregnant and undecided what to do, you can talk about your choices at one of the YorSexual Health clinics or with your GP.
If you decide to continue with the pregnancy then there are lots of things you need to start thinking about! You will find more information about pregnancy, health, birth, bringing up a child etc. in the ‘Being a Parent’ section.
If you would like to discuss the option of adoption, ring the Children’s Front Door to speak to a social worker or look online at corambaaf.org.uk/info/pregnant.
If you decide to have a termination (abortion)
If you decide to have an termination, ask at one of the YorSexual Health clinics or your GP for a referral to a specialist clinic. You’ll need to have an assessment and will be given information and support throughout the process. Alternatively, you can contact either BPAS – British Pregnancy Advisory Service – or Marie Stopes Clinic yourself and tell them you would like a termination. This will be paid for by York NHS (unless you’d prefer to be a private patient).
You do need to talk to someone as soon as possible, as a termination is more straightforward if you are less than 12 weeks pregnant. This is usually counted from the first day of your last period, not from the date you had unprotected sex.
Don’t try and get rid of it yourself – this is very dangerous.
Confidentiality – you can ask for a termination even if you are under 16 and in some cases it can be done without your parents’ knowledge or consent – see here for more information.