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Pregnancy

How do I know if I am pregnant?

You can get pregnant at any time in your cycle if you have unprotected sex (sex without a condom or any other method or contraception ) You can get pregnant even if the man does not “come” inside you, however it is more likely in the middle of your cycle .

You can take emergency contraception up to 5 days after you have unprotected sex to prevent pregnancy. See our section on emergency con

The first and most reliable sign that you are pregnant is that you miss a period. For a few women their period is much lighter and shorter.

Most pregnancy tests work from when you have missed your period or from 3 weeks from the last time you had unprotected sex.

What do I do if the pregnancy test is negative?

Wait and repeat the test in a week. If it is still negative and you are still worried you call us. There are many reasons that you can miss a period and not be pregnant – such as stress, loss of weight and changes in lifestyle

What to do if it is positive

If you want to be pregnant you need to go and see your GP.

If you are pregnant and not sure what to do

Get in touch with MASH by calling or popping into one of our drop-in sessions to see a caseworker who will offer you non-judgemental support to look at your options and make a decision that is right for you. Our caseworkers can help you to engage with the appropriate agencies and support.

Next page: The MASH sexual health clinic

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