In addition to a missed period, there are other symptoms that could be indicators of pregnancy, including:
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Nausea with or without vomiting
- Increased urination
- Food aversions
If you are sexually active and are experiencing any of the above symptoms, a pregnancy test is recommended. These can also be signs of other medical conditions which are important to be assessed if you are not pregnant.
Accuracy of Pregnancy Tests
While home pregnancy tests are 99% accurate there is a chance you may receive a false reading or take the test incorrectly–giving you an inaccurate result. That’s why it’s best to come into the center and take a medical-grade pregnancy test.
Taking a Medical-Grade Pregnancy Test
If you have already taken an at-home pregnancy test with a positive result, or just suspect you’re pregnant, it’s recommended you take a medical-grade pregnancy test.
Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices can provide you with a free medical-grade pregnancy that can detect hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), the hormone released during pregnancy as early as seven days after conception or 21-24 days after the first day of your last period.
Our staff can discuss the results of your pregnancy test with you, as well as review what options and next steps are available to you if you are pregnant, including a referral for a free ultrasound.
If a medical-grade pregnancy suggests that you are pregnant the staff at BCPC may refer you for a free ultrasound exam. An ultrasound exam can provide you with important details, like how far along you are in your pregnancy. This information will be helpful in knowing what options are available to you in dealing with an unplanned pregnancy.
An ultrasound is also used to confirm the location of your pregnancy and to rule out an ectopic pregnancy–a medical condition that occurs when a pregnancy happens outside of the uterus, such as in a fallopian tube, an ovary, or an abdomen. An ectopic pregnancy is a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.
Get the Answers You Need
If you suspect you are pregnant you deserve to get the information and details you need to protect your body and make the best decision for your health. Contact the staff at Boston Center for Pregnancy Choices today to schedule your free medical-grade pregnancy test and start getting the answers you need.