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Pregnancy testing and advice

Think you might be pregnant? Not sure what to do next?

You can buy do-it-yourself pregnancy testing kits from pharmacies and supermarkets. They can give you a quick result and you can do the test in private. A range of tests are available and the way they work varies, so it’s important to check the instructions first.

You can carry out most pregnancy tests using a sample of urine from the first day of your missed period. If you're pregnant, this is about two weeks after conception. If you don't know when your next period is due, do the test at least 21 days after you last had unprotected sex. Some very sensitive pregnancy tests can be used even before you miss a period, from as early as eight days after conception.


A positive test result is almost certainly correct. A negative test result is less reliable. If you get a negative test result and still think that you're pregnant wait a week and test again.

What next


If you're pregnant and want to continue with the pregnancy contact your GP or midwife to start your antenatal care.

If you feel you do not want to continue with the pregnancy please contact BPAS on Freephone 03457 30 40 30 who can arrange an appointment for you. Phone lines are open 7 days a week.

If you're not sure about continuing with the pregnancy and need to speak to somebody you can book an appointment either at one of our clinics or a telephone consultation.