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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
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
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