…I’m too scared to go to the store and get a pregnancy test. What should I do?
Going to the store to get a pregnancy test can be intimating, so it is okay that you feel that way! It’s also important to know though that the only way to know if you’re pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test.
If you had sex within the last 5 days, you have the option of using emergency contraception.
Plan B, also known as emergency contraception, is a hormonal emergency birth control method used to delay ovulation in the hopes of preventing pregnancy. The hormones prevent ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thicken cervical mucus. Plan B is not an abortion pill. It will not harm or end a pregnancy; it will only work to delay ovulation to reduce the risk of a pregnancy.
Plan B or emergency contraception is not meant to be someone’s primary form of birth control. Click here to see a list of other hormonal birth control methods that can be up to 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.
If it has been longer than 5 days since you had sex, or if you just want to use a consistent form of birth control, you also have the option of seeing a medical professional to talk about the Paragard IUD. The Paragard is a reliable method of birth control that can be used for up to 10 years, and can sometimes be used as a form of emergency contraception.
If you would just like to know if you are pregnant, you can take a pregnancy test 14 days after unprotected sex. At that time, you will get an accurate result.
You can definitely take an at-home test, or you can come in to Teen Clinic and have a test run there. All services at Teen Clinic are free or low-cost and are completely confidential. Give us a call if you have questions or want to make an appointment! 303-442-5160