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Pregnancy testing and advice

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

You can buy pregnancy tests from pharmacies and supermarkets. They can give you a quick result and you can do the test in private. 

Pregnancy tests are most reliable form the first day of your missed period, although some tests can be used as early as four or five days before your period is due. Check the packaging of your tests to find when it can be used.

We also provide free pregnancy testing at our appointment and walk-in and wait clinics.

If you have regular periods, you'll probably know when your next period is due. If you're not sure, it's a good idea to wait at least three weeks after you think you may have conceived before doing the test.


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 either your GP who can refer you to your local pregnancy counselling and termination service or you may choose to self-refer via the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) on 03457 30 40 30 (calls are charged at a local rate) who can arrange an appointment for you. Phone lines are open 7 days a week.


Last updated: 16/06/2023