You might be pregnant if you:
- Have had unsafe intercourse
- Are not sure if your birth control method worked
- Are having intercourse and have missed your period this month
The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. You can buy a home-pregnancy test from any pharmacy. Walk-in clinics and Sexual Health Clinics can also give young people a pregnancy blood test for free or a lowered cost.
What options do I have?
- Parenting has many responsibilities. Babies need love and attention in order to live a healthy life.
- Adopting makes someone else the legal parent of your baby when you can’t care for your child.
- Fostering puts your baby in someone else`s care until you reach a final decision about how the baby will be looked after in the long-term.
- Aborting means to stop a pregnancy after it has occurred. Abortions are confidential and you usually get one within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, because it is safer for you. If you are under 18, you need adult permission to have an abortion. Talk to a doctor or visit a sexual health clinic to talk to someone about abortion.
- PlanB - Did you have unprotected sex in the past 72 hours and are scared that you are pregnant? You can take an emergency contraceptive. The “morning-after pill”, or “Plan B”, is available at all pharmacies without a prescription, or at some sexual health clinics at a reduced rate.
Are there support services for young parents?
If you decide to keep your baby, there are many services out there to support young parents. This includes parenting workshops, employment training, and other forms of counselling that work to ensure that you and your baby have a healthy life. Search 211Ontario to find services for young parents in your area.
Some Community Health Centres also have services for young newcomer parents, who don’t have an OHIP/Health Card yet. Find a Community Health Centre near you or find out more information about how a community health centre can help you.
If you decide to have an abortion, there are also lots of support groups for young people. You might need someone to talk to after it happens. Ask your doctor or staff at a sexual health clinic for a support group near you.