If you think you might be pregnant but aren't sure you should definitely do a pregnancy test.
If you've missed a period or had unprotected sex there's a chance you might be pregnant — taking a pregnancy test will tell you whether you are or not.
Pregnancy tests look at the levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (or HCG) in your body. If you're pregnant your levels of HCG will be higher and can be detected in your urine.
Most home pregnancy tests should be done on the day, or day after, your next period is due. If you're not sure of the date of your next period, do the test at least 21 days from when you last had unprotected sex.
You can buy pregnancy tests from chemists and many supermarkets. You can also buy them online, Boots has a range of pregnancy tests starting from a few pounds up to around £15.
Alternatively, if you'd like someone to do the pregnancy test for you, you could:
Try to prepare yourself for the fact that you might actually be pregnant. Even though you suspect you're pregnant, positive confirmation from a pregnancy test might still be a big shock. It would be a good idea to have someone you trust with you, just for a bit of support, just in case.
If the pregnancy test is positive the next step really depends on the type of person you are, but in all cases getting more information can remove some of the unknowns and help you feel more in control.
Talking to somebody with experience of the issues around unplanned pregnancy can often help you understand what you should do next.
You can get more info by contacting any of the centres listed on the Pregnancy Choices Directory map page.
Check the list of centres to find one near you. You'll be able to talk to them in complete confidence.
Further support is available from these places:
Free services are available — use these links to find confidential help: