Frequently Asked Questions about Pregnancy Testing
How do you know if you’re really pregnant?
If you are sexually active, it is possible to become pregnant even if you are using contraception.
Early signs of pregnancy may include but are not limited to:
- Missed Period
- Swollen/Tender Breasts
- Nausea/Morning Sickness
- Frequent Urination
- Darkening of Nipples
- Food Cravings or Food Aversions
These symptoms are not definitive proof of pregnancy. If you have any of these symptoms, call today to schedule an appointment to get a free pregnancy test and talk to a peer counselor about your situation.
How soon should I get a pregnancy test?
If you suspect you may be pregnant, it's best to wait until you've missed your period before taking a pregnancy test. Most home pregnancy tests can detect the presence of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in your urine around the time of your expected period. Taking the test too early may result in a false negative, as the levels of HCG may not be high enough to be detected.
If you have irregular periods or are unsure about your cycle, it's recommended to wait at least 1-2 weeks after having unprotected sex or experiencing other early pregnancy symptoms before taking a test. This allows sufficient time for HCG levels to rise if you are indeed pregnant.
My pregnancy test at Help was negative. What should I do now?
We can schedule a second appointment for a free pregnancy test. The HCG hormone doubles every 2-3 days during early pregnancy and peaks at 8-11 weeks from the first day of the last period.
My test was positive. How far along am I?
We can provide a no-cost, limited ultrasound to help you determine how far along your pregnancy is. Contact our office to schedule an appointment.