Maybe you’ve recently had unprotected sex, missed a few birth control pills, or experienced a condom failure. You’re worried sick… and can’t shake the feeling that something is off. You wonder: “Am I pregnant?”
During this confusing, emotional time, your mind might be racing, without any idea of what to do next. Before you worry too much, take a deep breath, and follow these steps below:
Wait until you’ve missed your period
Before you rush to a pharmacy to buy a pregnancy test, wait until you’ve missed your period. Some early pregnancy symptoms intersect with PMS symptoms, so you may be worried for nothing. Plus, at home tests are not at their peak accuracy until after your period is late.
Next, determine how late is too late for your missed period. Write the dates down of your last cycle, and the date that you were supposed to get your period. Then, base your worry on your own body. If you usually get your period a few days early or late, then wait a few extra days to ensure that your period is actually late. If you normally get your period on the dot, a couple days may be enough to take the next step.
Remember, periods can be late for a variety of reasons. Stress, low body weight, hormonal birth control, and illness can all contribute to a missed period, without being pregnant.
Take a pregnancy test
Many women turn to an over-the-counter pregnancy test to determine whether they are pregnant. These tests have gotten much more accurate over time, but there is still a chance that a test could produce false results, depending on the amount of pregnancy hormone (or lack thereof) in your body. At Turning Point, we provide free lab-quality pregnancy tests when you make an appointment with us.
Visit a pregnancy help center, like Turning Point
After confirming your pregnancy through a pregnancy test, you will need to have an ultrasound to determine how far along you are, and if your pregnancy is viable. According to the Mayo Clinic, 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. An ultrasound can help determine whether you might miscarry. Our center offers free obstetric ultrasounds that will tell us all the information you need regarding your pregnancy.
Tell those involved
It’s important to realize that whatever your next steps, the decision is yours to make.
If anyone is pushing you to do something with your pregnancy that you don’t agree with, know that you are in charge of your body. Turning Point can help you facilitate those hard conversations and discuss your options with you and those involved.
If you do not have the support you need from your family or partner, our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Turning Point is here for you. You don’t have to go through this alone.
Know your options
If you are pregnant, you have more options than you think. Visit Turning Point to learn more about these options, so that you can make an informed decision that is 100% your own. Turning Point can also supply you with educational resources and ongoing support to help you along the way. No matter the situation, Turning Point is here for you.
Visit Turning Point PRC for a free pregnancy test and judgment-free information on all your options.