Are You Potentially Pregnant?
Confirm your potential pregnancy
See how far along you are
Schedule your medical screening to discuss your options
Did you know?
- The FDA approves medication abortion only for use up to 10 weeks since your last period
- If you have an IUD or an ectopic pregnancy, the abortion pill is not recommended
Even in the best of circumstances, caring for someone else can be overwhelming. Ava is here to support you as you make decisions during your potential pregnancy.
Ava provides free and medically accurate abortion information but does not perform or refer for abortions.
One of your options when facing a potential pregnancy is adoption. This is a path many parents have walked and one you don’t have to walk alone.
If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to receive free pregnancy testing, schedule an appointment today.
Potential Pregnancy FAQ’s
According to the Mayo Clinic, here are a few of the more common signs of pregnancy:
If you have missed a period (it’s been more than a week since you should have started)* – *though if you have an irregular cycle, this may not be true
- Tender or swollen breasts due to early hormonal changes
- Nausea with or without vomiting (morning sickness)
- Increased frequency of urination
- Light spotting about 10-14 days after conception (known as implantation bleeding)
- Uterine cramping
- Food/odor aversions
- Nasal congestion
Know that signs of a potential pregnancy are not universal – some women will experience more or less of these. If you think you are potentially pregnant, give us a call or chat online to set up an appointment for free pregnancy testing.
There are four basic types of pregnancy tests. All of them rely on detecting the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in the body.
Home Pregnancy Test (HPT)
These can be bought at many stores and administered by a woman on her own. A chemical in the “stick” changes colors when exposed to hCG in urine. When administering a HPT, it is important to wait long enough after becoming pregnant, or you increase the risk of obtaining a false negative result.
Clinical Urine Pregnancy Test
This is essentially the same as a home pregnancy test, as it is urine-based. However, it comes with the added confidence of knowing the test is administered by licensed medical staff according to manufacturer specifications.
Blood Test – Qualitative
Urine-based pregnancy tests work because hCG from the blood is secreted in the urine. By drawing a small blood sample from the mother, a lab can determine whether or not the hCG level in the blood is above the threshold that indicates the presence of a pregnancy.
Blood Test – Quantitative
A quantitative blood test only differs from the qualitative in how specific it is. A qualitative test will determine if hCG is present, whereas a quantitative test will determine an actual value of how much hCG is present in the mother’s blood.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF A URINE-BASED TEST ADMINISTERED BY A NURSE OVER ONE THAT CAN BE DONE AT HOME?
The greatest benefit to having your test done in an office with a trained healthcare professional at Ava is confidence in knowing that the test is done right. The tests themselves are 99% accurate if done correctly.
Our tests are laboratory rated and 99% accurate. Urine-based pregnancy tests detect the hCG hormone in a pregnant woman’s system. Since the production of hCG can vary greatly from woman to woman, sometimes as much as 20-fold, time periods when a “positive” test occurs can also vary. Our pregnancy tests can detect some women’s hCG level as early as 7 days after conception (21-24 days after the first day of your last period), although some women’s hCG level is not detectable until at least one week after a missed period.
Yes, you may be rescheduled for another test. The hCG hormone concentration doubles approximately every 2.2 days during the first 3 months of pregnancy.
If you have any medical concerns, you should see your health care provider for assessment. If you need resources for health care, Ava can provide you with referrals.