Pregnancy

Am I pregnant?

Do you think you might be pregnant? As you probably know – a missed period is a common sign but you may be feeling sick, tired and perhaps a little unwell in general. If you think you may be pregnant, the first thing to do is to find out whether you really are. A pregnancy test is the most reliable way to confirm you are pregnant.

You can visit your GP for information and a pregnancy test or, if you prefer, you can also purchase a pregnancy test at other points in the community such as pharmacies and supermarkets. (Sexual Health (impotence) does not offer pregnancy tests).

Are you considering a termination?

We know that unplanned pregnancies happen and that every woman has the right to decide for herself how to deal with that situation. If you are pregnant when you didn’t plan on being, we know that you might be finding it hard to make a decision about what to do and that’s okay.

If you have had a positive pregnancy test and you are considering abortion, the British Pregnancy Advice Service’s Pregnancy Calculator will help you to work out how many weeks pregnant you are and what your termination options are too.

For more information you can visit the British Pregnancy Advisory Service website at: www.bpas.org/bpaswoman.

You can also visit for you GP to discuss your options and get more detailed advice. The type of treatment you may have depends on how many weeks pregnant you are, whether you prefer to be awake or asleep and your personal choice.

Do you need more information?

Here’s some more useful information…

An ultrasound scan (sonogram) is a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body.

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A miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy that happens during the first 23 weeks.

Mastitis is a condition that causes a womans breast tissue to become painful and inflamed. It usually occurs in women who are breastfeeding.

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is one of several techniques available to help couples with fertility problems to have a baby.

Fibroids are non-cancerous tumours that grow in or around the womb (uterus). The growths are made up of muscle and fibrous tissue and can vary in size.

Find everything you need to know about ectopic pregnancy including causes, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment, with links to other useful resources.

A caesarean section is an operation to deliver a baby. It involves making a cut in the front wall of a women’s abdomen (tummy) and womb.