Missed a period and think you may be pregnant?
Firstly do not panic, there may be other reasons apart from pregnancy why you are late with a period. A previously used contraceptive method may make your period late or recent use of oral emergency contraception.
If you are pregnant, an early pregnancy test will give you extra time to consider your options. Pregnancy tests are available to buy from most pharmacies and large supermarkets but can also be obtained for free at;
- Some pharmacies if under the age of 19 years old
- Lincolnshire Integrated Sexual Health (LISH) Clinics
- The University of Lincoln Health Centre (GP)
Termination of pregnancy
At least half of all pregnancies are unplanned so it is very common. One in five pregnancies a woman will choose to have an abortion. It can be a difficult choice to make and it can be a very emotional time. Talking to people you trust and making sure you have accurate information and support from a healthcare professional will help.
All information and treatment is confidential whatever your age. This means that information cannot be shared with anyone else without your agreement. You do not have to tell anyone including your GP about your abortion.
An abortion is usually performed between seven to twenty four weeks of pregnancy and can only be done after 24 weeks if there are exceptional circumstances, for example if there is a serious risk to the woman’s health or there is a substantial risk of physical or mental disability if the baby is born.
The Lincolnshire Integrated Sexual Health (LISH) clinic will refer you to the abortion service most appropriate for you to attend.
University of Lincoln Students’ Union Advice Centre: 01522537000 [email protected]
University of Lincoln Health Centre: 01522 870010
University of Lincoln Health Centre free GUM clinic and contraception sessions, including implants, every Wednesday 2-6pm: call 01522 309309 and ask for a ‘Lincoln University Health Centre session’
Lincolnshire Sexual Health Service (Central Booking Line): 01522 309309 or click here.
Sexual Health Advice Positive Health (Lincs): 0800 252534 (Positive Health is a Lincoln based charity whose aim is to provide confidential information and support to people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS).
Sexual Assault Referral Centre: 01522 524402
Lincolnshire Rape Crisis: 0800 33 4 55 00 Tuesday 6pm to 9pm, Wednesday 2pm to 4pm or email: [email protected]
Chlamydia screening (15-24 year olds): Text or call 07879 630619