Are you pregnant?
 
Making sure you're pregnant
 
Undergo a medical test

How does it work?
You urinate into a sterile container and a health professional analyzes it.

Advantages:

  • Reliability: Results are generally more reliable than a home pregnancy test (the reliability rate is 99%).
  • Low cost: You can get a free test at your CLSC if you’re 18 years old or younger, and it only costs a few dollars if you’re over 18.
  • Support: You won’t be alone when you learn the results.


 
Home tests

Where can you get one?

You can buy a home pregnancy test at any drugstore, or get one from a health professional, like your school nurse.

How does it work?
In most cases, all you need to do is apply a few drops of urine to the applicator and wait a few minutes for the results. It's recommended to use your first urine of the day, because it has a higher concentration of pregnancy hormones.

Advantages:

  • Discretion: Home tests are available at the drugstore without a prescription or medical appointment.
  • Speed: Home tests only take a few minutes.

Disadvantages:

  • Cost: $7-25 depending on the test.
  • Reliability: A negative result only means that the test didn’t detect a high enough concentration of pregnancy hormones in your urine, but this isn’t a guarantee that you’re not pregnant.
  • Support: You may not be ready to cope with a positive result on your own! Is it important for you to have someone with you when you find out the test results?

 
Consulting a doctor

It’s always a good idea to consult a health professional to make sure everything in your body is working correctly.

You should therefore consult a doctor if:

  • The test is negative but you still haven’t got your period
  • The test is positive and you want to make sure everything will go smoothly for the rest of your pregnancy
  • You want to know how many weeks you’ve been pregnant
  • You’re considering abortion
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