Young woman with pregnancy test wondering if she's pregnant

Help! I had unprotected sex and I’m worried I might be pregnant. How soon can I find out?

OOPS!  You’ve had unprotected sex and now there’s only one thing you can think about.  What if I’m pregnant?  If a baby wasn’t in the plans, you’re probably feeling worried and anxious.  And you probably want an answer as soon as possible.

Am I pregnant or not?

There is no reliable way to know if you’re pregnant the day after having unprotected sex. It’s best to wait until you miss a period before getting tested. That’s because it can take a while for hCG  (that’s the hormone that we test for to determine if you are pregnant) to build up to high enough levels that it can be detected in urine.  You might have some early signs of pregnancy like tender breasts, fatigue, or nausea.  If you haven’t gotten your period, and you’re feeling these type of symptoms, then you should definitely make an appointment.

You can get a pregnancy test for free at First Care Clinic in Madison. We can provide a free pregnancy test, and an ultrasound to determine the dating and viability of the pregnancy, if needed. We’ll help you understand all your options and make a plan.

Unprotected sex carries more than just pregnancy as a risk.  Sexually transmitted infections (STI) can also be the unwelcome result of unprotected sex.  Unfortunately, the chance of contracting an STI is high.  In fact, half of all new cases are contracted by people ages 15-24.

So if you’ve had unprotected sex, pregnancy may not be the only thing to worry about.  If you want to talk to one of our nurses about pregnancy testing or sexually transmitted infections, call or text for an appointment.  What you share stays confidential (as long as it’s legal to do so).

Remember, worry won’t help you move forward.  But a plan can.  So call us. We’re here to help.

Billie Jo

Billie Jo, RN, BSN, joined the First Care Clinic team in 2017 as our Nurse Manager. Billie Jo is a Registered Nurse with 16 years’ experience including 15 years working in labor and delivery and post-partum care. She completed her clinical training as a nurse sonographer in 2017. Billie Jo enjoys spending time with her husband and children and anything outdoors.

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