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Help is available to support you in getting pregnant and in all aspects of pregnancy and becoming a parent.

Help and support is also available if you decide to end a pregnancy.

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What if I think I'm pregnant?

Your should speak to your doctor or go along to your nearest sexual health service.

Missed periods

There can be different reasons for this.
When we're young, stressed out, ill, exercising lots or not eating properly, periods can become irregular or stop for a while.
If you've had sex since your last period happened, you should have a pregnancy test.
Either way, it's probably a good idea to speak to your GP. They will be able to rule out any serious health problems that might be interfering with your regular monthly cycle. 

Pregnancy testing

You can buy pregnancy test kits from supermarkets and pharmacies or get them for free from your doctor or your nearest sexual health service.

What if the result is positive?

If you tested yourself, it's important that you see your doctor straight away. They will talk to you about what your options are what to do next.
If you're already in touch with a doctor (or midwife) they will talk to you about what help and support is available and help you to decide what to do next.

Abortion ('termination')

It is the woman's right to decide whether to carry their baby through childbirth or to end their pregnancy. 
They can be carried out because of personal circumstances, because there is a health risk to the mother, or because there is a high risk the baby will have a medical condition.
Abortions must be carried out in a hospital or specialist licensed clinic.
The abortion should be done preferably within the first 9 weeks of pregnancy.  It is safer and easer to perform at this stage.  However it is legal up to 24 weeks and can be done after that in extreme circumstances, such as the life of the women being in danger.
If you are pregnant and think you would like to have an abortion, speak to your GP or midwife.

If a negative result is a good thing!

If you weren't planning to have a child, were you really being as safe as you could have been? 
Before you have sex again, you and your partner should talk about how you can have safer sex.

If you really wanted it to be a postive result

Many couples have to try a number of times before finally getting pregnant.
Others may not be able to have a baby naturally and may be offered drugs to aid fertility or start a course of IVF (in-vitro fertilisation).
Speak to your doctor or family planning clinic about help getting pregnant.
In the meantime, there are lots of things you can do to improve your chances.
Take a look at the Sexual Health Scotland website for tips and advice on getting pregnant.