Having an unplanned pregnancy is a very real consequence of having sex that forces you to make a very adult decision. However it is important to remember that if you are pregnant there are many people you can talk to about your options. You are not alone.
There are several early symptoms of pregnancy that may include:
- Missed period
- Feeling sick
- Sore breasts
- The need to urinate more frequently
These symptoms don’t always mean that you are pregnant, so it is best to do a simple pregnancy test before you start worrying. It may be tempting to try and pretend that it is not happening, however it is essential that you find out if you’re pregnant as soon as possible.
Go to the Your Options page, for information on the options available to you if you are faced with an unplanned pregnancy.
- The teenage pregnancy rate is five times higher among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women than non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women
- Condom use in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is traditionally lower compared to the rest of the community
- In 2000, almost 1 in 4 (23%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers were teenagers
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women are younger when they give birth to their first child (24.7 years compared to 27 years for non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women).