Am I pregnant?

If you’re a girl and you have unprotected sex (without contraception) with a boy, you could get pregnant. Find out the signs of pregnancy and where to go for support.

Pregnancy is a real possibility when you have sex, and there are lots of rumours about when and where you can get pregnant.

You can read this whole article, or go straight to the relevant bit for you:

When can I get pregnant?

Don’t believe everything you hear. The truth is that it's possible for you to get pregnant: 

  • if it’s the first time you're having sex 
  • at any time of the month, including during your period 
  • even if the boy pulls his penis out before he comes (ejaculates)
  • even if you haven't started your periods 
  • no matter what position you have sex in, including standing up
  • even if you stand up, wash or jump up and down immediately after sex 
  • if you don’t have an orgasm 
  • even if the boy says he’ll be careful (boys can't stop themselves from leaking sperm before they come)

Read more facts about sex.

Pregnancy can also happen if your usual contraception hasn’t worked – for example, if you’re on the pill, but you've vomited, had diarrhoea or forgotten to take the pill. Contraception only works if it's used correctly and consistently. Find out:

What's emergency contraception?

If you have unprotected sex, or if you think your contraception has failed, you can avoid an unplanned pregnancy by using emergency contraception. This should only be used in an emergency and is not a replacement for regular contraception. Emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

There are two types:

  • The emergency contraceptive pill (sometimes called the "morning-after" pill). There are two kinds of emergency contraceptive pill. Levonelle has to be taken within 72 hours of sex; ellaOne has to be taken within 120 hours of sex. Both are more effective the sooner they are taken.
  • The intrauterine device (IUD), which can be put into your uterus up to five days after unprotected sex.

You can get free emergency contraception from GPs, community contraceptive clinics, Brook services (if you’re under 25), some sexual health and genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics, clinics for young people and some pharmacies. Find sexual health services, including contraceptive clinics, near you.

You can get emergency contraception, whatever your age. If you're over 16, you can buy the emergency contraceptive pill from pharmacies.

What are the signs of pregnancy?

The first sign of pregnancy that most girls and women notice is a missed period, but to know for sure, you'll need to take a pregnancy test. Find out about doing a pregnancy test.

Free and confidential tests are available at some GP surgeries, Brook services (if you’re under 25), contraceptive clinics or young people’s clinics. They won’t tell your parents, even if you're under 16. You can also buy pregnancy testing kits from a pharmacy or supermarket.

Other signs and symptoms of pregnancy include: 

  • sore breasts 
  • feeling sick or vomiting at any time of the day or night
  • feeling very tired 
  • needing to pee often

If you’re worried that you might be pregnant, go to a clinic or GP as soon as possible to find out for sure. Whatever the results of your test, they can offer you help and support. If you are pregnant, a doctor or nurse will explain your options and where to get advice and independent counselling.

If you're not pregnant, you can get advice on effective contraception to avoid the risk of an unplanned pregnancy in the future.

When can I take a pregnancy test?

You can take a test the day your period is due. If you’re not sure when your period is due, do the test 21 days (three weeks) after either:

  • you had unprotected sex
  • the time you may have forgotten to take the pill
  • think there may have been a problem with your contraception 

What if I'm pregnant?

If the test is positive, you're pregnant and you need to decide what to do next. Talk to a doctor or nurse at the clinic, or to your GP, about your options. It might also help to talk to someone close to you.

Get all the information you need as soon as possible, so you can make a decision about the pregnancy that’s right for you. Don't delay your decision, and don’t pretend the pregnancy isn’t real, as it won’t go away.  

If you decide to continue the pregnancy, you will need to start your antenatal (pregnancy) care as soon as possible.

An unplanned pregnancy can be stressful and you may feel unable to continue with it. You should discuss this with your GP, who will explain your options, including the possibility of an abortion.

Abortion is safer and easier the earlier it is carried out in pregnancy. Most abortions in England and Wales are done in the first 13 weeks (three months). All women requesting an abortion should be offered the chance to discuss their options with a trained counsellor. 

Page last reviewed: 22/09/2015

Next review due: 22/09/2017


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Anony710 said on 17 September 2014

I had unprotected sex two days ago, he said he didn't come and I took the morning after pill about 40 hours later. Also i've always had irregular periods and my doctor told me I am unlikely to be pregnant after taking the pill and because of my irregular periods, but I so scared incase I am. Is it likely that I will be pregnant? I know I'd have to wait to have a test but the anxiety is killing me...

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Laura_xx said on 05 June 2014

I came of my pill after my period the end of April 2014. My partner and I had sex days before and after I was due to ovulate an many times afterwards I then came on my period 5 days late end of May (I done a test just before I came on because I was late which tested negative) i had pains worse than ever I then came of my period 3 days ago since coming of I have had terrible headaches/migraines, big appetite, but feel sick and tired all the time !! Could I be pregnant eventhough I had that period? Thanks

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maria1824 said on 24 May 2014

I had unprotected sex last week, I rushed to the GP to get emergency contraception which I took straight away. As it was my first time, I was bleeding. I carried on bleeding for 2 days which I knew was normal because I looked it up on the internet. However, I started to think otherwise as I carried on bleeding and still am a week later. I know that this is my period but I am wondering if there is a chance I could be pregnant because I have been feeling very tired, I have been urinating more than usual(especially at night) and my breasts have gotten larger. I want to take a pregnancy test in 2 weeks time but I just want to know if there is a possibility that I could be.

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lilsoph93 said on 07 December 2013

Hi im sophie and have a 2 year old girl, been with my partner for ten months, i am always regular and very heavy when on a perios, but the only signs of blood this month is tiny spots iv been having mood swings and crying for no reason, i took a test last week which came out negative, i dont know whats going on, am i pregnant?

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Bear bear said on 30 October 2013

Gracie 1996 - my friend has recently give birth to a gorgeous lil boy she also suffers with PCOS and was told she to prepare for not being able to have children so she stopped stressing about it because she thought she can't change it so why worry and she fell pregnant really quick, so what I'm trying to say is stop trying and stressing and have fun unprotected sex and who knows good luck x

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gracie1996 said on 16 October 2013

hi, im 17 and my partner is 18. me and my partner really want to conceive. i recently found out that i have PCOS which makes it harder for us. it breaks my heart when i have other family and friends that have found they are pregnant or they have just had their baby. this is what we really what, we don't smoke or drink alcohol, we aint the clubbing or partying type. we have had many discussions about this and its what we really want. just wish it would have soon.

also im 7 days late on my period, PCOS does cause me to have late periods.

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lyndsayhope said on 12 September 2013

Hi im 17 and my fiance and i have been trying for a kid for nearly a year now and we were wondering if there is anything that could help us to concieve naturally

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ana rez said on 29 July 2013

Hi, I had sex with my boyfriend during the last days of my period. I had my first day on the 18th and we had sex on the 21, 22 and 23. We wore condoms but other times it was unprotected. He always pulled out before he ejaculated though and I'm pretty sure he was dry when he pulled it out (no premature ejaculation) because it took him a couple of seconds after pulling out to ejaculate. My last day of my period was around the 23rd. It's been 6 days now and I'm experiencing cramps and have stringy to cream paste-like discharges coming out. It's not itchy or painful and it doesn't smell so I can rule out an infection. But what does the cramping mean? Ovulation? I never had cramps after my period before. Am I pregnant?

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XxBilliexx said on 16 April 2013

I am 24 and 2 months late. The first day of my last period was February 7th, it is now April 16th. I have not used any form of contraception for over a year now.

I have experienced bad lower back pain, waking up with headaches, feeling more emotional than usual, crying and feeling down for absolutely ridiculous things, and always more tired than I should be. I have also felt dizzy and had to sit down a few times at work. Although i have not felt any craving symptoms, but some things do make me gag, nothing serious though as i have not been sick.

I took a test on 20th March - Negative, another one on 29th March and another one first thing the next morning 30th and both negative.

My period has always been reliable in terms of always being around the exact date or 2-3 days late if that. I don't think i am particularly stressed with anything and if was, it is definitely the stress if this!

To be honest i could just do with knowing before i go to the doctor and feel like a drama queen if it comes back negative again.

Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated as my fiance thinks i am and he really wants this.


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HannahLouise92 said on 05 December 2012

I am 20 years old, been with my boyfriend for 2 years, we have talked about having a baby together so i came off my contraception in January 2012, i continued to have my period until April 2012 when i didn't have one, i took a test and it was negative, since then i haven't had one but a few times i've taken a test to check and they have always come back negative. I have always been regular never missed one so i'm weirded out on this one!
At the moment i have a sore throat and a runny nose/ cold symptoms but no flu or a cold and i have heard that is a sign of pregnancy? I have also put on a bit of weight, been getting moody and tired but still tests say negative??

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lexiekat said on 20 November 2012

i found this very helpful

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