getting pregnant

Sexual intercourse can lead to pregnancy, even if you are using contraception. So if you are worried about being pregnant, talk to someone you trust or telephone our helpline. Read the section on your menstrual cycle first. You can get pregnant at any stage during your menstrual cycle.

How do you know if you are pregnant?

If you have had sexual intercourse and have missed a period, your breasts may be more swollen or tingly than usual, your vaginal discharge has changed, you may be pregnant. You can tell for sure by having a pregnancy test. Pregnancy testing is free here at the Sexual Health Centre.

Pregnancy tests

If you think you may be pregnant you can avail of a free pregnancy test here at the SHC. You do not have to make an appointment for this service. If you feel you need extra support you can bring your partner, friend or parent with you when you come for the test. You will receive an immediate result. Walk in appointments available until 1630.

If you are pregnant?

If your pregnancy is unplanned it may be a crisis pregnancy and you will need to consider your options. Our Unplanned Pregnancy Counsellors provide a non-judgemental, professional and non-directive service to women of all ages who are experiencing an unplanned or crisis pregnancy. We respectfully assist women to explore all their options:

  • Choosing to continue with the pregnancy
  • Choosing an adoption
  • Choosing an abortion


  • The sperm is ejaculated into the female vagina during sexual intercourse.
  • Hundreds of millions of sperm are ejaculated but it just takes a single sperm to fertilise the woman’s egg.
  • There are two ovaries at the end of each fallopian tube. They produce and store the eggs (ova). Each egg has the potential to be fertilised by a sperm.
    Ovulation is when the egg is released from the ovary. This is the time you are most likely to get pregnant. It usually happens around 12 to 16 days into your cycle. However every woman differs, so do not take this for granted. Get to know your own cycle.
  • If the egg is fertilised (when the male sperm meets the female ovum), it travels up the fallopian tube to the uterus where it embeds in the lining.
  • If the egg is not fertilised withing 24 hours after its release from the ovary, the woman will not be pregnant and will have a period.
  • Conception begins when the male sperm and female egg meet and unite in the woman’s fallopian tubes.
  • Conception is the start of a nine month period that leads to the birth of a baby.