If you think you might be pregnant then you should take a pregnancy test. Most pregnancy tests can be carried out from the first day of a missed period, some can be taken 5 days or less before your period due date.
Always read the instructions on your pregnancy test or speak with the pharmacist.
Pregnancy tests work by detecting a hormone in a woman’s pee. This hormone is released into the body around 6 days after the woman’s egg is fertilised by a sperm - so finding this hormone in pee means an egg has started growing in the womb.
Most tests contain 1 or 2 long plastic sticks, you pee on the stick and then wait a few minutes for a result to be shown.
You should always read the instructions - if you don’t fully understand English you can ask someone to help you, or use Google Translate to help you understand certain words.
It is possible to get free tests from your doctor or sexual health clinic, you can also buy them from pharmacies and some supermarkets.
If your test says you are pregnant this is almost definitely correct - but make sure you have followed the instructions correctly.
If your test says you are not pregnant this is less reliable, if you think you are pregnant then try the test again after 1 week to be sure.
If you’re not sure you want to be pregnant there is help and support available for you.
As with all health care services, this can be kept private - if you are under 18 your parents don’t need to be informed.
If you decide you would like to continue with your pregnancy then get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible to arrange to start antenatal care.