There’s a reason you’re suspecting you could be pregnant. The reason could be at least one of the following:
- You’ve had sex without using any form of contraception?
- Your condom break during sex?
- You are on the contraceptive pill, but you’ve forgotten to take it?
- You are on the pill and you’ve taken antibiotics
- You are on the pill, and you’ve vomited or had diarrhoea within four hours of taking it?
If you’ve had sex and the answer to any of these questions is ‘yes’, there’s a chance you could be pregnant.
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Signs you could be pregnant
- Missed period
- Nausea and vomiting (morning sickness)
- Slight bleeding
- Swollen breasts or nipples
- Mood swings
- Food cravings
- Frequent urination
If you suspect you’re pregnant, you can buy a pregnancy test from the chemist or drug store. If you get two clear lines, it means you’re pregnant, if you get one line, it means you are not pregnant.
Sometimes, the results can be confusing. One line could be clear while the other is faint. These misleading lines could be urine evaporating from the pregnancy test stick. In many cases, women test more than once and unfortunately the outcomes are sometimes different. In other cases, if the text is expired or not used correctly, the outcomes are likely to be less accurate.
If in doubt, visit a Marie Stopes Clinic near you to get a pregnancy test.