PREGNANCY TEST KITS
It is standard procedure to take a pregnancy test from the first day of your missed period. Anything before then will likely give you an inaccurate result.
If you are unsure of your cycle, and don’t know when your next period is due, do the test 21 days after you last had unprotected sex.
There are some pregnancy tests available that are super sensitive to the hormone, and in these cases can give you a positive result as early as 8 days after conception.
Although some companies do recommend taking a test first thing in the morning due to increased levels of hCG, this isn’t necessarily the case.
You can buy pregnancy testing kits from tingle®. Test kits can give a quick result and you can do the test in private.
Here is a list of places that provide free pregnancy tests:
- Community contraceptive clinics
- National sexual health helpline on 0300 123 7123. They will provide you with young people’s services
- Brook Centres for under 25’s
- In some cases, your GP surgery
How does a pregnancy test work?
During pregnancy, your body gradually releases a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG). This is produced as early as 6 days after fertilisation and gradually increases in intensity. Pregnancy tests are designed to detect those levels of hormones.
The majority of home pregnancy tests come in a box containing 1 or 2 sticks. You urinate on the end of the stick and wait for the result for up to 2 minutes. Every test varies, so it is important to read the instructions before use.
Reading the results
There is sometimes confusion surrounding results. Is it a false positive or false negative? I can assure you that if you have a positive result, it is almost certainly accurate. With a negative result, you may have taken the test too soon. So, if in doubt, wait a few days and try again. If you are still not convinced, visit your GP if your period still hasn’t arrived.
Continuing with your pregnancy
If you get that positive result and wish to continue with your pregnancy, you should contact your GP or Midwife as soon as possible to ensure the best support and antenatal care in those early days. If you are eager to find out when baby is due, there are online pregnancy apps available to help you work that out.
If you’re not sure you want to be pregnant
Finding out you are pregnant, especially if unplanned, can come as a big surprise. You can speak in the strictest of confidence with a healthcare professional, and below are your options of areas you may wish to discuss:
- Continuing with the pregnancy and keeping the baby
- Having an abortion
- Continuing with the pregnancy and having the baby adopted
You will be fully supported and given all the advice you need to decide how you want to move forward.
From the age of 13, you can also get help and advice from the following:
- A community sexual health clinic
- The Marie Stopes website
The above services are there to help and support you. They are strictly confidential, and you can rest assured, they will not talk to your parents. Obviously, they will encourage you to do so, but will never force the situation if you are not comfortable.
If you are under the age of 25, it may be that you prefer advice specifically targeted for young people. The sexual health charity Brook provides a service for just that! The Brook website is full of useful information, outlining the choices available to you. You can also use Ask Brook 24/7 Service.