Pregnancy - Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I need to wait after unprotected sex to have a pregnancy test done?

  • A urine pregnancy test that detects Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) can be done as soon as your expected period is in the process of being missed.

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Is a home pregnancy test accurate?

  • If you wait until you have missed your expected period, the accuracy rate for most home tests or urine tests is high.
  • The Health Department Sexual Health Clinics offer free counselling and pregnancy tests when you make an appointment with us.

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How would I know if I was pregnant?

  • Missing a menstrual period is usually the first thing that you will notice.
  • Some women feel sick to their stomach, feel a need to urinate more often, have tingling in their breasts or breast and nipple tenderness.
  • Other signs may include increased fatigue, aches and pains.
  • A pregnant woman may experience all, some or none of these signs.
  • The only way to know if you are pregnant for sure is to have a pregnancy test done.

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Who can I talk to about abortion?

  • Most towns and cities in Ontario have Sexual Health Clinics.
  • At these clinics you can talk with a public health nurse and receive confidential counselling free of charge regarding your pregnancy options including therapeutic abortion.
  • You can find the phone number for the nearest Sexual Health program or clinic in the blue pages of your phone book.
  • You can also talk with nurses and doctors in doctor's offices and walk-in clinics.

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Who can have an abortion?

  • Any woman in Ontario who has a current Health Card can obtain a therapeutic abortion in a hospital or free-standing clinic up to 20 weeks gestation.

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How do I find out more information on adoption?

  • The Ministry of Children and Youth Services has a very informative web page on adoption in Ontario.

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I am pregnant and would like to keep my baby even though I am not married. Are there any services or support I can turn to for help?

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I would like to talk to someone about my pregnancy options, but I don't have any money. Is there anyone who can help?

  • In Halton, and most regions in Ontario, there are sexual health clinics that offer free and confidential counselling and services.
  • Most clinics have public health nurses who can meet with you to discuss your concerns and questions and help connect you to other programs, services and support.
  • You can find the phone numbers for these clinics in the blue pages of your phone book under "Health". Your family doctor may also be available to talk about your pregnancy options.

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