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Pregnancy advice

I think I might be pregnant - what should I do?

If you think you could be pregnant you should do a pregnancy test as soon as possible.

You can get a free test at any of the Bristol Sexual Health Service clinics - please visit our clinics page.

You can buy a test to do yourself from the chemist or supermarket.

You can carry out a pregnancy test from the first day of a missed period. Tests that are done earlier than this may not be accurate.

If the test is positive, this means you are pregnant. All pregnancy tests, when carried out correctly and at the right time, are reliable. This includes tests that you buy from the pharmacy or supermarket to do yourself. If you don't have regular periods, and the test is negative, you should repeat the test at least three weeks (21 days) from the last time that you had unprotected sex.

I've had a positive pregnancy test what are my choices?

You now need to think about what you want to do;

- Continue with the pregnancy and keep the baby (or continue with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted)

or

- End the pregnancy by having an abortion

What should I do if I want an abortion?

Please phone Central Booking Line on 0345 8725435 

The central booking staff will ask you for your name and address and your GP's name and address (if you have one) and make an appointment for you to receive a telephone appointment or meet with a doctor or nurse to discuss your options.

If you are having difficulty reaching a decision, it is often useful to talk it over with people you can trust and having accurate information can help. It can be helpful to book an appointment to find out how many weeks pregnant you are, get some accurate information about abortion and pregnancy and talk about your options with health professionals.

If you are under 18 years old you will need to identify a supporting adult (someone who is over 18) to support you during the abortion process. Please read to see why this is necessary. If you cannot think who you could ask please do not delay your appointment at Pregnancy Advisory Service. Staff will help you think about who you can ask

What should I do if I'm not sure?

If you are having difficulty reaching a decision, it is often useful to talk it over with people you can trust and having accurate information can help.

You may wish to talk to family and friends - or it might be easier to talk to someone who is not so close to you.

Often it is best to book an appointment to find out how many weeks pregnant you are, get some accurate information about abortion and pregnancy and talk about your options with health professionals.

Staff at the Bristol Pregnancy Advisory Service hope to be able to help you resolve any conflicting emotions and reach the right decision for you. They recognise that this may take some time. If you do decide to end the pregnancy you will be given another appointment on a different date for an abortion.

What should I do if I have already decided to continue with the pregnancy?

Go along to your GP practice and ask how you can book to see a midwife for antenatal care.

All listed services are provided free of charge.