Teenage pregnancy

Find out about taking steps to avoid pregnancy, what your options are if you are pregnant and where you can get support whatever decision you make.

Preventing pregnancy - Contraception choices

If you are in a sexual relationship it is possible to get pregnant. Your school nurse and sexual health clinic staff can talk to you about which type of contraception is best for you, and arrange for you to receive it free of charge. Also look out for the Love Bus which visits many schools and colleges in the East Riding!

Long acting reversible contraception such as coils (intrauterine devices/systems) and implants are the most effective in preventing pregnancy, but only condoms protect against sexually transmitted infections such as Chlamydia.

Emergency contraception

If you have had unprotected sex, or a condom has split, the most effective emergency contraception is the emergency coil, available from sexual health clinics. You can also get emergency hormonal contraception (EHC) (the morning after pill) from many pharmacies across the East Riding (check with the pharmacy before travelling), sexual health clinics and school nurses. EHC should be taken as soon as possible and within five days of unprotected sex.

I think I'm pregnant - what can I do?

If you think you may be pregnant, the first step is to take a pregnancy test. Websites such as Sexwise, NHS pregnancy section and the Conifer Sexual Health Services provide information and advice on what your options are, and where you can get information and support on whatever you choose.

Useful links

Take Notice
Search the website for contraception advice and what to do when you find out you are pregnanet.
Sexwise page
Take Notice
Useful online information and support or visit its centre in Hull and outreach offices in surrounding areas.
Conifer page

More services can be found below.


Any doctor or midwife you see will not share information about your pregnancy with anyone else if you don't want them to, unless you are under 16 and at serious risk of harm. You do not have to tell your parents, but it may be helpful to talk things through with someone close that you trust, or a doctor, nurse or counsellor. Services such as your doctor's surgery and sexual health clinics can support you and give you information to help you decide what to do.

There are options available to you, which are your decision alone to make.

You can decide to:

  • continue with the pregnancy,
  • seek termination of the pregnancy (abortion),
  • Or the baby can be put up for adoption.

There are services and benefits available to you to look after yourself and your baby if you choose to raise them yourself. Only you can choose which option is right for you, as it affects your life.

Abortion is safer and easier the earlier it is done on pregnancy. Find more information on Sexwise.

How does teenage pregnancy affect wellbeing?

Between the ages of 13 and 19 our bodies are still growing and undergoing a lot of hormone changes. Being pregnant during this time puts increased strain on the mother's body, so extra care should be taken. There are extra risks which may affect young mothers and their babies, so if you are expecting a baby, it is important you refer yourself to your local midwife services as soon as possible. These risk will not affect all young mothers, but it is important to start your antenatal care early to keep you and your baby as healthy and safe as possible.

Your midwife will be able to give you information about the support available during pregnancy and after your baby is born. If you are still in full time education the NHS Choices website has more information about your options.

Post-pregnancy Contraception

Midwifes and abortion providers will both give you information about your future contraception choices, and may be able to arrange provision of contraception while you are still in their care.

Use the services below to find support: