We offer confidential pregnancy testing and non-biased information about all your pregnancy options.
- A pregnancy test measures a hormone in the urine (pee) called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy.
- The test is about 97-99% accurate, and only takes a few minutes.
- A pregnancy test is most accurate when done a few days past when you were expecting your period.
- If you are experiencing any secondary symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea, breast tenderness and extreme tiredness (fatigue), it is a good idea to do a test.
- The best time to do a test is in the morning with your first pee of the day. This is because the HCG hormone is most concentrated at that time.
- When in doubt, test!
- From the pharmacy (home test kit prices vary)
- At your health care provider’s office or walk-in clinic
- Southwestern Public Health’s Sexual Health clinic
- A negative result means you are unlikely to be pregnant.
- Sometimes it means you have taken the test too early. Wait until a few days after a missed period and take another test.
- If you’re not pregnant, now is a good time to think about birth control options
There are three pregnancy options:
- Continue with the pregnancy and become a parent
- Continue with the pregnancy and give the baby up for adoption
- End the pregnancy now and have a therapeutic abortion
None of the three options is better than the other. Every person needs to make the decision that is right for them.
If you plan to keep the baby….
- It is important to begin prenatal care as soon as possible. Prenatal care is important for having a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby.
- Make an appointment with your health care provider to begin prenatal care.
- If you do not have a health care provider, a Public Health Nurse at the Sexual Health Clinic can refer you to an Obstetrician/Gynecologist for prenatal care
- A Public Health Nurse can provide you with information about adoption services.
- Southwestern Public Health offers great programs and services to new and expectant parents, including prenatal and breastfeeding classes.
If now is not a good time to have a baby…
- The nearest clinic that offers abortion services is located in Victoria Hospital in London. This clinic is called the Women’s Health Care Program.
- This clinic requires women to have a letter that confirms pregnancy prior to booking an appointment. You can get this letter through your health care provider or a Public Health Nurse at Southwestern Public Health’s Sexual Health Clinic.
- The Women’s Health Care Program has experienced Social workers who can help you consider your options.
- Mifegymiso (the abortion pill) is available at pharmacies with a prescription. Learn more about emergency contraception methods.
- I’m pregnant, what are my options? - National Abortion Federation
- Pregnancy - Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights
- Toll-free, 24-hour, Canada-wide phone line that provides information about sexual health and pregnancy options: 1-888-642-2725
- Considering abortion - Planned Parenthood
- Adoption Council of Ontario
- LGBTQ Parenting Network
- Talbot Creek Midwives
For sexual health services at our St. Thomas site email firstname.lastname@example.org
For sexual health services at our Woodstock site email email@example.com
Please do not share personal health information via email.
To speak with a Public Health Nurse on the Sexual Health Team call 1-800-922-0096.