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Could I be pregnant?

Worrying if you’re pregnant can be a really stressful time. We offer you info and tips on what to do in this situation.

Worried young girl holding up pregnancy test in bathroom

Signs of pregnancy

While the only way to know for sure that you’re pregnant is to take a test, there are some signs you can look out for.

Some signs that you could be pregnant include:

  • Missing a period or it is more irregular
  • Feeling more tired than usual 
  • Feeling sick or vomiting
  • Needing to go to the bathroom more than normal
  • Breasts and nipples can feel sore or you might notice changes in your vagina (eg. discharge)

Remember, these signs don’t mean that you’re definitely pregnant. Only a blood test can confirm if you’re pregnant.

What makes pregnancy more likely?

Lots of young people worry they might be pregnant after sex. Knowing what can make getting pregnant more likely can put you back in control of the situation. You’re more likely to get pregnant if:

You have unprotected sex and didn’t use contraception eg. no condom, no birth control (the pill)

You have protected sex, but the contraception doesn’t work eg. the condom breaks

You have unprotected sex and your partner ejaculates in or near your vagina

You had sex at a time in your menstrual cycle when you’re fertile eg. during ovulation

What is the morning after pill?  

Wondering if you’re pregnant can be a confusing and scary time. It’s good to know what you’re options are so you can make the best decision for you.

Emergency contraception is also known as the ‘morning after pill’.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • Can usually be taken up to three days after having sex to help prevent pregnancy (the sooner, the more effective)
  • You can access the morning after pill in pharmacies, from your doctor, family planning centres, sexual health clinics and at the emergency department at your local hospital
  • It’s helpful to give some information to the pharmacist or doctor about your situation so they can let you know how effective if may be

To learn more, talk to a pharmacist, doctor or a medical professional at HealthDirect (Pregnancy, Birth & Baby) on 1800 882 436.

Remember that emergency contraception and the pill don't protect against Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) - Belle, Kids Helpline counsellor

I need to know for sure if I’m pregnant 

Maybe it’s time to find out if you’re actually pregnant or not. Here’s what you can do:

Option one: See a doctor - They will do a blood test, which is the best way to know if you’re pregnant

Option two: Take a home pregnancy test - These are available in pharmacies and supermarkets and can cost around $10 - $20

You don’t have to face this alone

Talk to someone you can trust about your options, your worries or fears and to figure out your next steps.  Here's a list of people you could talk to:

Good friend
Parent or family member
Kids Helpline counsellor
School nurse
Family planning centre
School counsellor
Calling medical professional at HealthDirect (Pregnancy, Birth & Baby) on 1800 882 436

Talking things through can really help

You don’t have to go through this on your own – we’re here to help

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This content was last reviewed 13/07/2018

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