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Help! Iím Pregnant!!

So youíve read our articles on Teenage Sex and Contraception. We now all understand that when we enter into a sexual relationship, we are entering into a world of endless responsibility Ė including the possibility of pregnancy and parenthood. Obviously, by being clued up on contraception and by putting our knowledge into practice, the risk of pregnancy is greatly reduced.

However, gals and guys, the risk is only reduced...Girls, we can still fall pregnant even if we and our partners think weíve been using contraception correctly. Although the number of people who use contraception and fall pregnant is dramatically lower compared to the rates of people who donít use any contraception at all (understandably), it does happen to people, and it could happen to anyone of us!


How can I tell if I am pregnant?

  • The biggest 'give away' will be that you donít start your period when you are supposed to. Thatís why it is always important to keep a note of when you had your last period Ė especially when you are in a sexual relationship. This way you will begin to see a pattern of when you start your periods and all of your symptoms.


  • If you do not start your period at your usual time in the month donít panic immediately. Sometimes there are many reasons why your period doesnít arrive on time. For example, if you are very stressed or busy or not eating properly! These reasons might make your period a bit late or it might even miss a whole cycle.


  • However, if after a month you still havenít seen any sign of the 'nasty stuff', then a trip to your doctor could be the best thing to do Ėjust to be on the safe side. If your not pregnant then great, at least you were mature and brave enough to find out to keep your mind at rest. If you are, then donít panic there are a lot more steps you can take to help you and your situation.


What happens if I find out that I am pregnant?

  • The best thing to do is to seek help and as quickly as possible. Tell your mum, sister, friend, or boyfriend...basically anyone you can trust and feel comfortable enough to confide in.


                            • If you canít tell someone you know then make an appointment with a GP, a Nurse or go to any Sexual Health Clinic or Advisory Clinic. These people will be as equally sympathetic and can provide you with professional but friendly advice and counselling. They will also be able to help you consider all of your choices.


What are my choices?

  • Your choices would be to either go forward with the pregnancy and become a parent, or have the child adopted. Or the pregnancy could be terminated, therefore it is ended. However, these choices sound very simple when written down. The choices I have stated are very black and white and seem uncomplicated. There is a lot that has to be considered and this situation will always affect each person differently, as we are individuals.


  • While there are choices available to us, our social background will be a major influence to our final decision on the matter. This includes the way we have been brought up, our religion and how we as an individual have developed our ideas for what is right and wrong. These factors, alongside our personal situation will help us decide what is best for the unborn babiesí future as well as our own.


  • If you decide to have the baby, there are maternity homes for pregnant teenagers, and single teenage mothers can usually get benefits or motherís allowance. The Family Planning Association, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Childrenís Aid Societies are good sources of information and support if you decide to continue the pregnancy.


  • If you think that an abortion would be the only option then make sure you have spoken to an advisory clinic or a doctor or nurse. They can give you the necessary support and facts about termination. Abortion is a big step, as is parenthood, and is not always the best way to deal with the situation, so make sure you have considered it thoroughly.


Remember, it is your decision Ė not your boyfriendís, or parentís, or anyone elseís decision. But make sure you get some support to help you make the best decision for you!


For more information about What to do if you're pregnant click on:

What is Abortion?

What Does Abortion Involve?

Common Questions On Abortion Answered

Abortion Pro-Life or Pro-Choice

Helplines


Or try these links

Brook Advisory Centres
Website: www.brook.org.uk
Tel: 0800 0185 023

Family Planning Association
Website: www.fpa.org.uk
Tel: 0171 837 4044

Catholic Church's Views on Abortion

Sexwise
Website: www.ruthinking.co.uk
Tel: 0800 28 29 30

Marie Stopes International
Website: www.mariestopes.org.uk

Remember!!! - Having  sex under the age of 16 in the UK is illegal

- Vick

If you believe the media we're all having sex, myth or the truth?
Is everybody having sex?
No, I'm not and my friends and everybody else just lie and exaggerate
Yeah but not as much as everybody makes out about
Yes, I am and so is everbody I know


Safe Sex
Would you or do you practise safe sex?
Yeah, you're stupid not to
Depends on the circumstances and the situation
No

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©1999-2003 Pupiline Limited, 2003-2008 Creative Commons. For info email Oli Originally powered by KeConnect Internet, now powered by XCalibre and the Big Boost, recovered thanks to Warrick


©1999-2003 Pupiline Limited, 2003-2008 Creative Commons. For info email Oli Originally powered by KeConnect Internet, now powered by XCalibre and the Big Boost, recovered thanks to Warrick