If you think that you might be pregnant it is important to speak to someone as soon as you can. A pregnancy test can be done three weeks after the last time that you had unprotected sex or if you have missed a period and think you might be pregnant.
Some early signs of pregnancy include a missed period, morning sickness, tender breasts and bloating.
The only way to know if you are pregnant is by doing a pregnancy test. We can carry out a test for you at The Corner and support you afterwards no matter what the result. Staff at The Corner can support you to continue with a pregnancy, support you with adoption or refer you for an abortion.
If you have had unprotected sex, a burst condom or missed your contraception within the last 5 days you can access also emergency contraception from The Corner.
Emergency contraception, sometimes known as ‘the morning after pill’ is needed when you have unprotected sex (sex without using a condom) or if you think that the contraception you are using has failed (such as a condom bursting or missed contraception). Its purpose is to try to prevent pregnancy.
Emergency contraception can be very effective, but it is not as effective as using a regular method of contraception. The Corner can discuss your contraceptive choices with you.
It is important to get in touch as soon as you are able to after having unprotected sex as the emergency contraceptive pill needs to be taken as soon as possible after unprotected sex to have the best chance of working.
You can get emergency contraception for free from The Corner but if you think you need to take it at a weekend or a day we are closed, you can also get it from any sexual health clinic, pharmacy, NHS minor injuries and some hospital accident and emergency departments. Remember you can always call NHS 24 on 111 at an evening or weekend.
There are two types of emergency contraception
- The emergency Intrauterine device – known as the IUD is not fitted at The Corner, but we can help you to get an appointment for one. The IUD has to be fitted within 5 days of having unprotected sex.
- An emergency contraceptive pill. There are two different types of pill which can be taken up to 3 days after having unprotected sex and one that can be taken up to 5 days after having unprotected sex. The most suitable one for you can be discussed with a nurse at The Corner.
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Tracking your period
If you get periods, it is not only helpful to track your cycle to know what days of the month to expect your period, but it is also important to monitor if you are sexually active.
You can do this by keeping a note in your own personal calendar or diary, or there are apps you can download to keep track for you.
Most people will get their period every 28 days, but this can vary. Some people get irregular periods and they can’t predict when they will next have one. There are a number of factors which can contribute to this, including: stress, if you have been unwell, if you have changed contraception or for your first few periods. Everyone is different and it’s a good idea to know your body.
To find out more about tracking your cycle and suggested apps, please visit Brook here
We provide tampons, period pads, reusable period pads and menstrual cups. Please contact us if you would like to pick up some of these products.