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Pregnancy testing

You can get pregnant from having unprotected vaginal sex. This includes if you have sex without using contraception, or if your method of contraception fails (such as a condom splitting or missing taking a pill). If it’s been less than a week since you had unprotected sex, you might be able to prevent pregnancy by using emergency contraception.

If you think you are pregnant, it’s important to find out for certain as soon as possible. You can do this by taking a pregnancy test.

Make sure you test at least three weeks after when you could’ve become pregnant, else the test may not be accurate.

Where can I get a pregnancy test?

If you come to our clinic during walk-in hours we will be able to support to do a free pregnancy test. You can also get free pregnancy tests from your GP or you can buy pregnancy tests from most supermarkets and pharmacies for £3-10.

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What if I am pregnant?

If you find out you’re pregnant, you may feel happy and excited, or shocked, worried and upset.

There are lots of places you can go for support including your GP, health professional or midwife. They can help you to understand what is happening to your body, or can give you advice if you don’t want to continue with your pregnancy.

If you are pleased to be pregnant then you can start receiving antenatal support from your local midwifery service. Your midwife will help to ensure that you and your baby stay healthy during pregnancy, and can answer any questions you have. In Manchester there are organisations that support young people who are pregnant including:

If you are not pleased to be pregnant then finding out early gives you more time to consider your choices.

If you are in a relationship, your partner could feel happy, have mixed feelings or be unhappy about the pregnancy, and may find it hard to talk about it. Talking about worries or concerns can be helpful. Talking to family or close friends or a health professional about the pregnancy may also be helpful, although the final decision is always your own.

What if I’m unsure?

Brook Manchester can support you to make your decision. No one at Brook will push you either to have an abortion, or continue with the pregnancy. They will listen to you and help you come to a decision, but the decision will be yours. You can phone Brook Manchester on 01612373001 or drop in to the clinic during walk-in hours to talk things through with us.

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What if I don’t want to be pregnant?

If you do find out you’re pregnant and know you don’t want to continue your pregnancy, you can self-refer for an abortion. You do not need to have seen your GP or sexual health clinic before referring for an abortion.

Central Booking Greater Manchester is a phone service that can book you in for any of the abortion clinics in the area. You can ring them on 0345 365 0565 to get an appointment to discuss your options.

You can also contact NUPAS (National Unplanned Pregnancy Advisory Service) directly. They have clinics in Manchester (79 Newton Street) and Oldham (Werneth Primary Care Centre, Featherstall Road South, OL9 7AY). You can book an appointment online to discuss an abortion with them or you can phone them on 0333 004 6666 for advice.

Find out more about NUPAS

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