Am I pregnant?

The only way to be sure you're pregnant is to get a test. If your period is every four weeks, do the test if you don’t start your period on time. If your cycle is longer, do a test three weeks after the date you think you may have become pregnant; doing it earlier may give a false negative result and you will think you are not pregnant when you are.

As soon as you think you may have risked an unwanted pregnancy, think about emergency contraception to prevent conception. The most effective method is the ‘emergency’ IUD which can be fitted up to five days after the calculated date of ovulation. Emergency pills (there are two types) are also readily available.

Your options

If you are pregnant you may feel a whole range of different emotions. It can be a very difficult decision. Some women know straight away, others need time to decide. Our services are there to support you in whatever decision you make or help you need.

If you are pregnant you have three options:

  • You can continue with the pregnancy and have a baby 
  • You can have the baby and have it adopted 
  • You can have an abortion (sometimes called a termination) 

Whatever you decide, it is your decision. If you are sure that you want to keep the baby, you should see your doctor as soon as possible to arrange ante-natal care and to talk about looking after your health during your pregnancy.

If you are unsure as to what to do, specialist support and advice is available.

Termination of pregnancy

An unplanned pregnancy is often a difficult time. We aim to offer help and support in a confidential and non-judgemental way to enable women to make the right choice; to have a termination or continue with the pregnancy.

Making an appointment

If you wish to make an appointment please call the Tower Hamlets single point of access (SPA) line on 0300 033 5000. The line is available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

The single point of access is run for a number of community services which includes GPs, occupational therapists and podiatrists. The service is available to women registered with a Tower Hamlets GP.

Methods available

  • Medical termination up to 9 weeks
  • Surgical termination 7-14 weeks
  • After 14 weeks - medical or surgical, you can discuss the different methods with the doctor.

You need to be referred to other services. Information leaflets providing further details about the two methods are available at the clinic.

Your first appointment

On your first appointment at the clinic you will be given an opportunity to talk about your feelings, to get information about the procedures and to clarify any concerns you may have.

If you wish you can bring a friend, partner or relative with you. However, you will be seen on your own for part of the consultation. If you are under 18 you will be seen by the under 18s pregnancy advisor offering emotional support through the process, whatever decision you make. You will be asked to have blood tests and swabs to check for infection.

After your first appointment, if you wish to proceed with a termination you will be given another appointment to see a doctor for your medical assessment on the same day.

When you see the doctor you will:

  • Discuss the procedure of the termination – medical or surgical. Be asked about your health and any illnesses or medication, for example, epilepsy or asthma
  • Have your blood pressure, height and weight checked
  • Discuss your future contraception options
  • Be offered a scan
  • Sign a consent form if you decide to go ahead with the termination

Please remember to:

  • Arrive on time and allow enough time in the clinic. You may be here for the whole morning
  • Try not to bring children with you, but if this is not possible, bring another adult with you
  • Let us know by replying to the text you received about your appointment, at least 24 hours before, if you are unable to keep your appointment
  • Bring with you any medication or a list you are taking
  • Bring your medical card with you

There is limited street parking. The nearest buses are: 25 or 205 or the nearest stations are Mile End or Stepney Green.