Am I pregnant?
Do you think you might be pregnant? A missed period is a common sign but you may also be feeling sick, tired and perhaps a little unwell in general. For more on the symptoms, watch this video with a midwife explaining which symptoms are normal.
If you think you may be pregnant, the first thing to do is to find out whether you really are. A pregnancy test is the most reliable way to confirm you are pregnant.
Getting a pregnancy test
You can take a pregnancy test from the first day of your missed period. There are some tests that can also detect pregnancy before then, if you feel like you are already showing some symptoms. If your periods are irregular, the earliest time you can do a test is 21 days (three weeks) from the last time you had unprotected sex.
- If you are aged 16-24 we are now offering free pregnancy tests that can be delivered to your home. If you would like to use this service, please send an email with a subject line of Pregnancy Testing and your mobile telephone number to TeessideSH@virgincare.co.uk.
- A member of the team will then contact you to carry out a simple assessment, before your order is dispatched.
- Orders will be delivered within 3-5 working days
- Orders will be posted in discreet packaging and you do not have to be in to receive your order.
Please note: If you contact us by email, your mobile telephone number will be sent via unsecure email. By using this service you are agreeing to your telephone number to be transferred in this way.
You can also contact us on 0300 330 1122 and request a pregnancy test to be delivered to your home.
- If you are under 16 years old, please contact your local service on 0300 330 1122 to make an appointment.
- If you are 25 years and over you can buy a home pregnancy test from a local pharmacy or supermarket. You can also ask for a test for free at your local sexual health clinic. Please call us on 0300 330 1122 to make an appointment.
- Alternatively you can go to your GP surgery and most NHS walk-in centres.
Its important to make an appointment to see a GP or midwife as soon as possible to ensure that you get the correct information and antenatal care that you need.
Help, I’m pregnant
If you’ve tested positive for pregnancy and don’t know what to do, try not to worry. Unplanned pregnancies happen. Every woman has the right to decide for herself how to deal with that situation.
- University Hospital of North Tees call 01642 624233, Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. Please click here for more information
- University Hospital of Hartlepool call 01429 522751, Phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. Please click here for more information
- BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) call 03457 30 40 30, Phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please click here for more information
Our nurses can also provide counselling and advice. Please contact 0300 330 1122
If you’re not using a regular method of contraception, you might consider doing so to protect yourself from an unintended pregnancy.
There are several methods of contraception that protect you for a long period, so you don’t have to think about them once they’re in place, or remember to use or take them every day or every time you have sex.
These methods include:
- contraceptive injection
- contraceptive implant
- intrauterine system (IUS)
- intrauterine device (IUD)
You can also book an appointment online here.