Taking the test
The only way to be sure if you are pregnant is to bite the bullet and take a pregnancy test!
Types of tests
Home pregnancy tests are cheap (between $10 - $20), extremely reliable, available from chemists and supermarkets and easy to use. They work by detecting a certain pregnancy hormone in your urine. It’s best to buy a twin pack (most brands come in either single or twin packs) in case you stuff up the first time. Depending on the brand, it can take up to five minutes to get a result.
If you’d rather leave it to a professional, head to your nearest sexual health clinic or your GP. They’ll ask you about the date of your last period, when you had unprotected sex and will either do a urine or blood test. The appointment is confidential, so your parents won’t find out unless you tell them.
With a pregnancy test, the result will either be:
NEGATIVE- If you don’t want to be pregnant you will breathe a sigh of relief and use this false alarm to get your contraception sorted out!
See your doctor or a family planning clinic and talk to them about contraception options available to you. Or check out our Contraception page.