I'm Worried I may be pregnant
if you are worried that you or your partner could be pregnant, this first thing is not to panic. There are people here to help.
If you have had unprotected sex in the last 3 days emergency contraception is available free of charge. There are also some options available if it was slightly longer so its really important you seek advise as soon as possible. Find out more about emergency contraception here.
It's also a good idea to take a pregnancy test, specialist services will advise you how long you will have to wait before taking a test to get an accurate result.
Where can I get a free pregnancy test
As part of the Swansea C-Card Scheme we can support young people to do a pregnancy self-test. We can provide the test, and support young people through the process. However we strongly encourage young people to speak to a NHS Sexual health nurse or Doctor. We will be happy to arrange this for you.
Taking the test
The Pregnancy tests we supply involve weeing into a cup and dipping in a test stick. The test is looking for the hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) which is present in the wee of someone who is pregnant.
It takes a while for this hormone to build up in the body so there is no point doing a pregnancy test straight after unprotected sex. If you're worried about the risk of pregnancy at this point, it’s advisable to use emergency contraception. This will work up to five days after unprotected sex.
To get an accurate result it’s best to test three weeks (or 21 days) after unprotected sex or straight after your period should have been due (whichever is sooner), if you test before this time there may not be enough of the pregnancy hormone to show up in your urine.
The test will display either a ‘positive’ or ‘negative’ result (check the instructions if you’re doing the test yourself for how to recognise this).
If the test is negative
A negative result means you probably aren't pregnant but it could also be that the hormone is not yet detectable. If the test is negative, but your period doesn’t happen when you expect it to, it’s recommended that you take another pregnancy test, and this is usually done a week after the first test. You may also find it useful to visit a clinic to speak to a doctor or nurse about the test result, or if you are worried. This might also be a good time to talk to someone about contraception and STI screening. We will also offer you the chance to sign up to the Swansea C-card free Condom scheme if you have not done so already.
If the test is positive
A positive result means that you are almost definitely pregnant. It’s important to see a doctor or nurse as soon as possible so they can help you think about your options. If you're pregnant it's you who gets to decide if you want to continue or end the pregnancy, and we will help you to get support and advice with this.
Is taking a Pregnancy test Confidential?
Yes, you have the right to access confidential services to support your sexual health; even if you are under 16. This means other people do not need to know. There are certain situations where a professional will encourage you to discuss things with your parents if they feel you may need extra support to keep you safe.
If you are under 13 we will give you the service that you need, but will have to discuss with another professional as we have to ensure that you are safe.
Visit our confidentiality page for more details.
Where else can I get a pregnancy test?
You can also get a pregnancy test through your GP doctors surgery or at an ABMU Sexual Health Clinic.