The only way to be sure you're pregnant is to get a test. If your period is every four weeks, do the test if you don’t start your period on time. If your cycle is longer, do a test 3 weeks after the date you think you may have become pregnant; doing it earlier may give a false negative result and you will think you are not pregnant when you are.
As soon as you think you may have risked an unwanted pregnancy, think about emergency contraception to prevent conception. The most effective method is the ‘emergency’ IUD which can be fitted up to 5 days after the calculated date of ovulation. Emergency pills (there are 2 types) are also readily available.
If you are pregnant you may feel a whole range of different emotions. It can be a very difficult decision. Some women know straight away, others need time to decide. Our services are there to support you in whatever decision you make or help you need.
If you are pregnant you have 3 options:
- You can continue with the pregnancy and have a baby
- You can have the baby and have it adopted
- You can have an abortion (sometimes called a termination)
Whatever you decide, it is your decision. If you are sure that you want to keep the baby, you should see your doctor as soon as possible to arrange ante-natal care and to talk about looking after your health during your pregnancy.
If you are unsure as to what to do, specialist support and advice is available. You can talk with one of our specialist staff at Sexual Health clinic at Broad street to help you make the right choice and will provide non-judgemental support to help you make your decision. You can ring us on 01422 261370 to make an appointment.
You can also then be referred to see a counselling service at Calderdale Royal hospital to discuss your options in detail if you prefer before making the decision. Counselling service is available at Calderdale Royal Gynaecology assessment unit every Tuesday between 3 -5 pm.
You can also self-refer to the abortion service on 01422 224962 or 01422 224979 at Calderdale Royal Hospital or Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. Clinics are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Halifax and Wednesday afternoon in Huddersfield. This service is confidential but if you are under 16 you will need to bring an adult (someone over 18) who you trust when you go for your abortion appointment. You also need to see a Counsellor if you are under 16 before you see doctor at the abortion clinic. Calderdale Royal Hospital Gynaecology unit provides medical abortion procedures up to 18 weeks and surgical procedure up-to 9 weeks (Manual Vacuum aspiration under local anaesthetic).
Further details of the Abortion Service for Calderdale and Huddersfield can be found by clicking here or on the logo below;
Unintended pregnancies can be prevented effectively by having a long lasting and reliable form of contraception such as the contraceptive implant, coil or injection. Sexual Health Broad Street can help you choose the right contraception method for you.
Contraception will also be offered at the abortion service as well.