How do I know if I’m pregnant?
If you have recently had unprotected sex or some sort of birth control failure, there is a possibility that you could be pregnant. The best way to find out for sure is to take a pregnancy test and follow it up with a limited ultrasound. We offer both, free of charge, in our center. Even before taking a test, however, you can look for early signs of pregnancy which include:
- a missed period
- swollen breasts
- frequent urination
- certain food aversions or cravings
- cramping or spotting
If you notice any of these symptoms, you might be pregnant. We recommend contacting us to schedule an appointment for a free pregnancy test.
How much will my appointment cost?
Nothing, it is free. The PHC's donors are dedicated to ensuring every woman has access to the services that we provide absolutely free. We want you to be well informed and to know that help is available.
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
Yes, we understand that unexpected pregnancies can be frightening and stressful. You are more than welcome to bring someone with you for support.
Will my insurance company find out about my appointment?
Since we value your privacy, your appointment will be completely confidential. There is no need to present insurance information to receive our services, as all our services at the PHC are completely free of charge.
What if I don’t know my next steps?
That’s okay. It is completely normal for a woman confronted with an unexpected pregnancy to be unsure in regards to what comes next. Fortunately, we are experienced in helping women in your position. We are equipped with the latest information and most trustworthy services to help you navigate the next steps in your journey. We can advise you about your options, and help you feel empowered to make the best decision for yourself.
Do you offer free pregnancy testing?
Yes, like all of our services, our pregnancy testing is completely free and confidential. The tests we use are hospital-grade, or 99 percent accurate, and are capable of detecting your pregnancy as soon as seven days after a missed period.
When do I need to have an ultrasound?
After you have a positive pregnancy test result, the next step is to have an ultrasound. A limited ultrasound will confirm the pregnancy and provide more information to help guide you as you consider your pregnancy options.
How soon can I take a pregnancy test after my missed period?
It’s best to wait at least one week after your missed period for the most accurate pregnancy test results. Pregnancy tests look for hCG – the “pregnancy hormone” – to determine if you are pregnant or not. In the early stages of pregnancy, your hCG levels double every 72 hours, so you’ll receive the most accurate results after at least a week.
Do I really need an ultrasound?
Yes! An ultrasound not only helps confirm pregnancy but can also help determine the viability of the pregnancy. An ultrasound is an amazing tool that can be used to help you make the best decision regarding your pregnancy.
We offer free ultrasounds at the PHC so you can get the answers you need to make an informed decision about your unplanned pregnancy.