If you are worried that you might be pregnant, here are some things that you can do:
See a health care provider
If you had sex without a condom or the condom broke, and you are worried about pregnancy, see your health care provider as soon as possible. There are medications available that can help prevent a pregnancy if taken as soon as possible after having sex. Your health care provider can also recommend STI testing and treatment if needed.
Taking the emergency contraceptive pill (Plan B) as soon as possible and within five days of having unprotected sex will reduce the chance of becoming pregnant.
Get a pregnancy test
If you are worried about becoming pregnant or think you might be pregnant, see your health care provider for a pregnancy test. Your health care provider can help you to know the options that are available for you if you are pregnant or want to avoid becoming pregnant.
Public Health clinics and agencies such as Options for Sexual Health BC (1-800-739-7367) or the Pregnancy Options Service (1-888-875-3163) provide information and non-judgemental support and counselling for people and their partners dealing with an unexpected pregnancy. The Pregnancy Options Service can provide up-to-date information about abortion services available in BC and in the United States. The CARE program at the BC Women’s Hospital also provides counselling services for people experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and abortion services for people who need an abortion for genetic or medical reasons.
Other things you can do:
- Find out more about contraception options.
- See your healthcare provider for contraception (birth control).
- Get STI testing in case you were also exposed to any STIs.