0-5 days after sex:

There is still time to prevent pregnancy.
If you had unprotected sex and do not want to be pregnant, emergency contraception is a form of birth control that can prevent pregnancy after you have had sex. Emergency contraception, also called EC, is most effective when taken as soon as possible after sex, but you can use it up to five days afterward. If you want more information on what EC is, when to use it, and how to get it, click here.

Should you take a test?
If you are wondering whether you should take a pregnancy test now, you usually need to wait at least 14 days after you had sex or until your period is at least one day late before a pregnancy test will give you an accurate result. If you take a pregnancy test too early, it might show a negative result even if you are pregnant.

14-30 days or more after sex:

Tired? Feeling sick? Missed period? These are common early signs of pregnancy. This link provides information from WebMD on additional pregnancy symptoms to look out for.

If you are wondering if you are pregnant but are not sure, you can call, text, or chat online with someone at Planned Parenthood to get answers to your questions.

Should you take a test?
The only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is by taking a pregnancy test. Wait at least 14 days after you had sex or at least one day after you have missed your period.

Taking a pregnancy test
There are several ways to get pregnancy testing. You can:

  • buy a home pregnancy test at a drugstore (there is no minimum age to buy it, and you do not need a parent’s permission),
  • go to your regular health care provider,
  • get free pregnancy testing at a confidential health clinic, or
  • get free pregnancy testing at your school clinic, if it is offered.

For more information on free pregnancy testing, where and when to test, and other answers to common legal questions at this stage, go to the “Am I Pregnant?” section of this website.