Pregnancy can happen after sex, even if you use contraception. Taking contraception is a very effective way of preventing pregnancy. But contraception can fail, or it may not be used.
What happens next is the woman's choice. For some people, making a decision about pregnancy is easy. For others it might be difficult. But support is available.
Crucial: However easy or hard you find the decision, it is your decision to make. You can find out more,including information for men, about miscarriage and about abortion on the Brook website.
Have you confirmed your pregnancy? If you haven't, then your first step is to get a pregnancy test. You can get a free pregnancy test and advice from your GP, Sexual Health Clinic or School Health Nurse. Alternatively you can buy one from a pharmacy.
Take action: If you think you might be pregnant you can contact Oxfordshire Sexual Health Services for support.
If you are fewer than 24 weeks pregnant (a doctor can tell you how far along you are) there are three options available to you. You have the right to choose any one of them:
- Continuing the pregnancy and raising the child
- Continuing the pregnancy and placing the child for adoption
- Ending the pregnancy by having an abortion
Instant Expert: Statistics show that in Oxfordshire most young women under the age of 16 choose to have an abortion.
Whatever you do there is plenty of help and support available. Your local Sexual Health Clinic can offer information and more support whatever you choose. They will also help you access the services you need going forward.