How do I know if I’m pregnant?

The only way to find out of you are pregnant is by taking a pregnancy test. Most tests measure the level of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your urine (pee). You can find pregnancy test at any drug store or at a health care center like Family Planning. If you think you might be pregnant, it is very important to talk to a health care provider about your options and your health.

How do you prevent pregnancy?

There are many ways to prevent pregnancy. Using a condom is an effective way to prevent pregnancy and the only method that also prevents STDs. There are other birth control methods that are effective in preventing pregnancy as well. Abstinence, which is choosing not to have sex, is also a personal choice that can prevent pregnancies.

What happens during pregnancy?

Pregnancy starts when a sperm cell fertilizes an egg and the egg implants into the lining of the uterus. Pregnancy lasts for 9 months, although babies can come early or late. During this time, the fetus grows and changes, and the mother’s body will also undergo many changes. Some of these changes can be unpleasant (like morning sickness and breast tenderness), but they are important for a happy and healthy pregnancy.

What are my options if I think I’m pregnant?

People may feel mixed emotions when they discover they are pregnant. Some may feel excited, while others can feel shocked or scared. Regardless of how you may feel, the first big step is talking to a health care provider about your options, your health, and if you decide to continue the pregnancy, the health of the baby.  It’s okay to take time to figure out what you want and to weigh your options.

There are three options to consider: abortion, adoption and parenting.  For some people, talking to a trusted person can help with these decisions. Ultimately, the final decision is yours. Only you can decide what is right for you.  If you are choosing to continue to parent or choosing adoption, you and your physician should begin prenatal care. If you are considering abortion, begin by talking to someone at a trustworthy clinic.

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