Advice and information on pregnancy

I think I might be pregnant, what should I do?

If you want to discuss your options you can speak to your GP or staff at any of our sexual health clinics.

If you think you might be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test.  You can do a pregnancy test from the first day of a missed period. If you take a test before this time, the level of pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), may be too low to show up on the test and you may get an inaccurate result.   

If you don’t know when your period is due, the earliest time to take a test is three weeks after your last unprotected sex.

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Where can I get a pregnancy test?

You can buy pregnancy tests and do a test at home. These tests are relatively cheap and very accurate. Alternatively you can go to a sexual health clinic.

I'm not sure what to do. How long do I have to make a decision?

Abortion is legal up to 24 weeks of pregnancy, if two doctors agree it’s less likely to cause harm to your physical or mental health than continuing with the pregnancy.  An abortion can be legally done after 24 weeks in exceptional circumstances, for example if there’s a serious risk to your health or there’s a substantial risk of physical or mental disability if the baby is born

Although you might feel under pressure to make a decision, it’s important to take some time to consider your options and feel sure you’re making the right decision for you.

It’s important that you receive support when you need it and don’t feel pressured by anyone into making a decision you don’t want. The decision is yours. It can be very difficult to know what to do, but support is available to help you decide.

You can choose to:

  • continue with the pregnancy and become a parent
  • end the pregnancy by having an abortion
  • continue with the pregnancy and choose adoption.

What should I do if I want an abortion/termination?

You can get referred into Worcestershire Pregnancy Advisory Service (PAS) from your GP or by contacting a sexual health clinic.

*Wyre Forest Patients will not be seen in Worcestershire PAS service and need to seek advice from a sexual health clinic or GP.

We do have some appointments for Early Medical Terminations in Worcester and Redditch (for South Worcestershire, Redditch and Bromsgrove clients only) but if the demand is high or you want a surgical procedure you may need to travel to another clinic in Birmingham.

What's the abortion pill?

This is called an Early Medical Termination (EMT) you may be able to have this procedure if you are under 9 weeks pregnant.  For this procedure you usually need to attend 2 appointments on consecutive days. At the first appointment you will take a tablet orally, the second day you will have tablets vaginally which will induce a miscarriage type abortion about 4-6 hours after the medication. You need to have support for the second appointment and go home or to a friend’s home.

Can I go to work the day after an abortion?

Yes in most cases you will be fine to return to work the day after an Abortion, exceptions to this would be if there were any complications, or if you do manual or very active jobs.

I am under 16

You can consent yourself to have an abortion without parental consent, however it is a very emotional thing to go through alone and we would always encourage you to have support from a supportive adult. In order to assess your ability to consent you will need to see a nurse to discuss options and complete a safeguarding assessment.

Who can I talk to about my feelings?

You can get support from your GP or the Pregnancy Advisory Nurses, they will invite you to discuss your feelings, and if necessary you may need referring to a counsellor for more support.

Useful links about pregnancy advice

NHS National Sexual Health Helpline

Free and confidential sexual health helpline. Call 0300 123 7123 Mon - Fri, 9am - 8pm Website

 

FPA - Family Planning Association

Support and advice on sexual health, including unplanned pregnancy, STI's and contraception: www.fpa.org.uk