The first step to learning whether you are pregnant is pregnancy testing. Pregnancy tests are available at Willow Women’s Center at no cost, so you can get the answers you need, no matter your financial circumstances.
How does your pregnancy testing work?
Pregnancy tests are designed to tell if your urine contains a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone is produced right after a fertilized egg attaches to the wall of a woman’s uterus. This usually occurs, but not always, about six days after fertilization. If you’re pregnant, levels of hCG continue to rise rapidly, doubling every two to three days.
When should I come in for a pregnancy test?
When your urine is tested for the pregnancy hormone hCG, the level of it must be high enough for the test to detect. That’s why you should not take a pregnancy test the morning after you’ve had sex or before you’ve missed a period. It is best to come in one week following your missed period to receive the most accurate pregnancy testing result.
The test result is positive, what do I do next?
You can have a positive pregnancy test and not have a viable pregnancy. In fact, one in five pregnancies ends naturally in miscarriage. If your pregnancy test at our center is positive, we will provide you a no-cost ultrasound to medically confirm your pregnancy. Our medical staff will perform it for you and provide you with the results.