Am I really pregnant
Anytime you have sex, there is always a chance for pregnancy. At different times of the month the chance can increase or decrease, but because sperm can live in a woman’s body for a couple of days, it’s impossible to know what your chances are at any given time. Many women assume that if they use contraception, they cannot become pregnant. Contraception, however, is not 100 percent effective and the chance for pregnacy is never eliminated if you’ve had sex. One of the most common signs of pregnancy is a missed period. Pregnancy is not the only reason a woman might miss her period, but if she has had sex, the possiblility of pregnancy should not be ruled out.
Possible Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of pregnancy vary from woman to woman and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. Some women have no noticeable signs at all. The timing of the onset of signs and symptoms also varies. Early indication may include but are not limited to:
- Missed period
- Tender and swollen breasts
- Nausea, with or without vomiting
- Increased urination
- Fatigue (tiredness)
- Light spotting
- Food aversions
- Nasal congestion
A: Most doctors recommend you take a pregnancy test after your first missed period. A test will not typically be positive prior to your missed period and will sometimes still read negative for days after your missed period. Options for Women offers a Full Pregnancy Evaluation that includes a free pregnancy test. If your test is positive, we can also provide you with confirmation of pregnancy and a limited ultrasound. These are steps that would need to be taken even if you went to a doctor’s office, but we provide them at no cost to you.
A: Many women purchase pregnancy test kits to use at home. If you have signs or symptoms of pregnancy, you may have already taken a home test. And you may be wondering about the accuracy or effectiveness of the test. We highly recommend that you confirm your results as part of a Pregnancy Evaluation at Options for Women. Call now for an appointment or make one online.
A: Home Pregnancy Tests are 97% accurate when used properly. Before using a home pregnancy test, ensure that the expiration date has not passed. Having a pregnancy test performed at a medical facility ensures the most accurate results. However, pregnancy and viability cannot be confirmed until an ultrasound is performed, and the results verified.
A: Depending on how you administer the test and how far along your pregnancy is developed, there is a small chance the result may not be correct. Although rare, there is a possibility that your test result is reflecting the wrong answer.