If you think you may be pregnant, 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 you don’t have regular periods or do not know when your period is due, the earliest time to do a test is three weeks (21 days) from the last time that you had unprotected sex.

Pregnancy tests are available free from all our sexual health clinics and some doctors surgeries. You can also buy a test from chemists or supermarkets but it’s better to get a test done by a professional health worker to make sure it is done properly. 

Termination (abortion)

If you are pregnant and are unsure as to whether you wish to continue with the pregnancy you can visit Leicester Sexual Health or your GP who can then refer you to the appropriate services. 

The earlier you can have a termination the more options you will have about the type of abortion you can have. For an abortion/termination to be legal, you must be less than 24 weeks pregnant and two doctors must give their consent.

If you’re under 16 and two doctors agree to your request for an abortion, you can consent without your parents’ involvement if the doctor feels you understand the advice and the implications of the operation.However they will strongly encourage you to talk to your parents or an adult you trust.

BPAS offer lots of information and support with abortion and pregnancy, you can also self refer yourself to them. 

Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust Providing Sexual Health Services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Services commissioned by Leicester City and Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils.