Pregnancy Testing & Options

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We offer confidential pregnancy testing and non-biased information about all your pregnancy options.

woman looking at pregnancy test

What is a pregnancy test?

  • A pregnancy test measures a hormone in the urine (pee) called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a hormone produced during pregnancy.
  • Test is about 97-99% accurate, and only takes a few minutes.

When should I get a pregnancy test?

  • 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 this time.
  • When in doubt, test! 

Where can I get a pregnancy test?

woman with question marks all around her

  • Home test kit from a pharmacy (prices vary)
  • At your health care provider’s office or walk-in clinic
  • Southwestern Public Health Sexual Health Clinic drop-ins

What if the test is negative?

  • 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

What if the test if positive?

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.

Next steps after a positive test

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, please see link below for more information.

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 to confirm 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. See link below for more information.


Sexual Health Clinics at Southwestern Public Health

Birth Control available at Southwestern Public Health

Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program

For more information about getting ready to have a baby, prenatal classes, labour and delivery and much much more!

More Information

National Abortion Federation: I’m Pregnant what are my options?

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights: Pregnancy information

Toll-free, 24-hour, Canada wide phone line that provides information about sexual health and pregnancy options

Phone: 1-888-642-2725

Women’s Health Care Clinic (London Health Sciences Centre)

Pregnancy Options Program / Pregnancy Termination Clinic

London Health Sciences Centre, London

Phone: 519-685-8204

Planned Parenthood: Thinking about Abortion

Adoption Council of Ontario

LGBTQ Parenting Network

Talbot Creek Midwives



For more information contact