Delavan Pregnancy Services

An Easy Drive from Delavan to Willow Womens Center

The City of Beloit, Wisconsin, is located on the Wisconsin/Illinois state line, just southwest of Delavan. Situated near Interstate 39/90 and the I-43 interchange, the Beloit Welcome Center greets over one million tourists each year. Proud of the strength, beauty, and diversity in their community, Beloit is known for its world-class riverfront, the charming downtown, historic residential neighborhoods, and Beloit College.

Less than half an hour’s drive from Delavan, Wisconsin, 100 miles from downtown Chicago, and 70 miles from Six Flags Great America, Beloit has a population of 36,773 (2017 census), and the greater Beloit area has over 110,000. Originally named New Albany in 1837 by its founder, Caleb Blodgett, it was renamed Beloit a year later and hoped it would be reminiscent of Detroit.

In the 1870s the area had become known for its cigars with more than 100 cigar makers calling it home. Beloit is also famous for the inventions of the speedometer, Korn Kurls, and John Francis Appleby’s twine binder used in the reaping of grain.

No-Cost Pregnancy Services Available

At Willow Womens Center, we offer residents of Delavan pregnancy services, including pre-abortion screening. This type of screening includes a pregnancy test, ultrasound, and testing for STD/STIs. Pregnancy tests and ultrasounds are administered by a licensed medical staff member. An STI screening is done for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Testing for other STIs is given a referral.

No matter what town you call home – Delavan, Beloit or somewhere in between – if you are dealing with an unexpected pregnancy, Willow Womens Center is here for you. We place a high value on confidentiality, a non-judgmental environment, and advocates and medical staff who are kind and compassionate.

Come for the Services, Information, Support

Pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken between 28 to 31 days after the first day of your last period and detect the hormone known as hCG. Even if you have taken a home test, we encourage you to come in for a no-cost test to confirm your results.

If your test is positive, an ultrasound can tell you how far along your pregnancy is and if it is viable. If the pregnancy develops outside the uterus, it is called an ectopic pregnancy and requires immediate medical care.

Ultrasounds are also part of pre-abortion screening. About 20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage during the first three months of pregnancy. If a miscarriage is likely to happen, there is no point in having a procedure you may not need. We provide limited ultrasounds for you at no cost so you have all the relevant data you need to make an informed decision.

We also offer limited screening for STD/STIs, which often are present without any symptoms to alert you. If you have ever had unprotected sex, you could be at risk. If you test positive for an STD/STI, we will either give you a prescription or refer you for treatment. Testing and treating an active STD/STI helps to avoid a chronic and painful experience with pelvic inflammatory disease. This is also provided at no cost to you.

No matter whether you live in Beloit or Delavan, Willow Womens Center pregnancy services are right here for you. Call us to schedule an appointment and let our caring advocates and medical staff guide and support you during this difficult time.


Are You Pregnant? Symptoms to Look For

If you’ve been feeling a little “off” lately, more emotional, not really yourself, you might be wondering if you are coming down with the flu, or maybe that nasty cold that has been making the rounds. Have you considered, though, it might be something else? Could you be pregnant? Here are some signs to look for:

If you have had sex since your last period, you could be pregnant. Pregnancies happen every day, despite using contraception. Before you panic, grab a bottle of water, take a seat, relax and get ready to think about these symptoms of pregnancy.

There are quite a few early signs of pregnancy, but many of them can be attributed to other conditions as well. It’s when you recognize several together that it points more strongly toward pregnancy. Keep in mind, you could be pregnant without experiencing or recognizing any of these symptoms.

Most Common Signs of Pregnancy

Fatigue: This can start as early as one week after conception and is thought to be due to the hormone progesterone together with lowered blood sugar, lower blood pressure and increased blood production.

Food, cravings or aversions: Another sign you can thank the hormones for. These aversions and cravings can last the entire pregnancy, can change, or might end by the 13th or 14th week. Beware, this is not limited to eating food, but certain smells can also trigger nausea and vomiting.

Increased urination: Usually begins around the sixth week after conception.

Missed period: The most common symptom of pregnancy. There can be spotting and cramping when the embryo implants into the uterine wall. This could happen between 6-12 days after the egg is fertilized.

Nausea and vomiting: Also called morning sickness, although it doesn’t have to happen in the morning. It can be afternoon, evening or constant.

Tender and/or swollen breasts: As with other signs, this is due mainly to hormones and will ease in a few weeks.

Less Common Signs of Pregnancy

Backaches: Like so many other signs, this is linked to hormones and stress.

Bloating: This also is due to hormones and is similar to the feeling at the beginning of your menstrual period.

Headaches: This might be caused by the increased volume of blood your body is busy producing.

Mood swings: This is common thanks to hormones, especially during the first three months.

Dizziness: This could happen as a result of dilating blood vessels, low blood pressure, and/or low blood sugar.

Constipation: This, too, is due to increased levels of progesterone, although not everyone will experience this.

Darkening of the areolas: The area around the nipple may get larger and darker in color.

Schedule a Pregnancy Test

If you suspect you could be pregnant, make an appointment to come to Willow Womens Center for a no-cost pregnancy test. If it is positive, we will offer you an ultrasound to determine viability of the pregnancy and how far along the pregnancy is. A positive pregnancy test alone is not conclusive.

At Willow Womens Center, we care about you holistically: physically, emotionally, spiritually and want to support you in all of those areas. We are committed to helping you consider all your options, giving you unbiased information and answering your questions.

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How to Deal with an Unexpected Pregnancy

When wondering how to deal with an unexpected pregnancy, you may feel that you are all alone. It is a chaotic time with your emotions kicked into high gear and it can be hard to think clearly. And when you use your phone to look for help, you get information overload. You are probably asking yourself – who can I turn to for help and who can I trust?

At Willow Womens Center, YOU are our priority. If you are unsure of your first step and don’t know where to go, make an appointment at our clinic. We offer a kind, compassionate atmosphere with advocates and licensed medical professionals who will guide you along this new path, give you the information you need, answer your questions, and keep your visit completely confidential.

We care about you holistically: physically, emotionally, spiritually and want to support you in all of those areas.

First Steps

During your appointment, we will offer you a free pregnancy test to confirm your at-home results. At-home tests can occasionally give false results for a variety of reasons, so a second medical-grade test can be important.

If your test results are positive, we will offer you a free ultrasound to confirm the viability of your pregnancy, and to determine how far along your pregnancy is. This is a critical step. An ultrasound that shows the pregnancy is not viable will end in miscarriage.

Up to 20 percent of all pregnancies result in miscarriage and up to 80 percent of those will happen in the first three months of pregnancy. We don’t want you to decide upon, pay for and have an abortion that would not be necessary.

Testing for STIs

We will also help you determine the need for STI testing. This is an important step, especially if you are considering an abortion. Left untreated prior to an abortion, STIs can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) when bacteria from an active enters the uterus during the abortion procedure.

This condition affects nearly one million women each year. Some have few or no symptoms even though serious damage is being done to reproductive organs. Other women will endure chronic abdominal pain, fever, vaginal discharge, and painful sex. For many it can cause permanent damage including scar tissue that causes infertility.

Your Options

During your visit we will also help you evaluate your options—abortion, parenting and adoption—in a non-judgmental and caring manner. We want you to feel comfortable asking questions and exploring your options in a way that best fits you.

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Call and make an appointment at our clinic. We are here to support you, to empower you to make the decision that is best for you. We will not try to talk you out of, or into, one choice or another—only you can make that decision.

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How Conclusive is a Positive Pregnancy Test?

Maybe you just have a “feeling” or perhaps you’ve had an upset stomach the last couple of mornings. You’re thinking you might be pregnant. Before you reach for that at-home pregnancy test, STOP. How conclusive is a positive pregnancy test? Does it depend on when it’s taken?

Actually, yes. If you take a pregnancy test too early, you risk getting an incorrect reading, causing you to think you’re pregnant when you really aren’t or thinking you aren’t pregnant and you really are.

Be Patient

The first thing you need to do is calculate the day your period is expected. To do this, take the first day of your last period and count forward 28 days. That will be the estimated start of your next menstrual cycle.

Hold on, though! Even though many companies claim their tests can be taken the day your period is due, or even before that, you will benefit from waiting until the second day.

Why wait? Mayo Clinic says, “Shortly after a fertilized egg attaches to your uterine lining, the placenta forms and produces the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). This hormone enters your bloodstream and urine… The earlier you take the home pregnancy test, the harder it might be for the test to detect HCG… If your periods are irregular, you might have a hard time figuring out when your period is due.”

How Do Pregnancy Tests Work?

Home pregnancy tests use urine to detect HCG. Tests vary for use—some say to place a stick into your urine stream, while others use a collection cup to then dip a stick into or use a dropper to place urine on the unit where designated.

After waiting the prescribed amount of time, usually just a couple of minutes, the results will show in a window on that stick. This can display in a few different ways—as a plus or minus sign, with the words pregnant or not pregnant, or one or two lines. The Directions for Use included with each test will explain what exactly you should look for.

Ways to Get a False Positive Result

There are several ways to get a false positive result. The best way to avoid this is by reading the directions thoroughly before taking the test. Instructions can vary from test to test, so don’t assume you know how the one you are using right now works.

Evaporation lines: Make sure to read the result in the prescribed time period. If you wait too long, and you have a non-digital test, you may see a line that you think means you are pregnant. In reality, it could be the evaporation line from the urine.

Previous miscarriage or abortion: When pregnant, the hormone HCG is secreted and after a miscarriage or abortion the levels will drop slowly, ending between nine and 35 days after this event. Taking a test within this time frame could result in a false positive.

Molar pregnancy: This is a condition that causes a uterine tumor to grow and is caused by a genetic abnormality at conception resulting in an abnormal pregnancy where only the male chromosomes are present. When this occurs, a dilation and curettage is required to remove the abnormal tissue.

Medications: There are certain medications that can lead to a false positive pregnancy test. Generally, these medications contain HCG and are used to treat infertility.

Medical conditions: There are some medical conditions that can cause a false positive because they cause HCG to rise when not pregnant. Some of those include disorders affecting the pituitary gland, certain cancers, phantom HCG, ovarian cysts, and urinary disease or urinary tract infections.

Accuracy

If used following the instructions carefully, and patiently waiting an extra day after a missed period, home pregnancy tests can be 99 percent accurate, according to the United States’ Office on Women’s Health.

Positive Pregnancy Tests are NOT Conclusive

If you get a positive reading on a home pregnancy test, call to schedule a visit at Willow Womens Center for a pregnancy test to confirm your results. A positive pregnancy test is not conclusive. The best way to determine how far along you are and the viability of your pregnancy is with an ultrasound. We offer you a no-cost pregnancy test and ultrasound and will help you determine the need for an STI screening.

Make an appointment to come to Willow Womens Center. We care about you holistically: physically, emotionally, spiritually and want to support you in all of those areas.

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My Period Is Late, Am I Pregnant?

Before you freak out and assume you’re pregnant, there may be a reason your period is late. Whether your period is a day late or a few days, we know the toll that can take on your emotions, and the day-to-day decisions you make. Although this isn’t an exact science, a late period or missed period can be caused by several different factors.

Stress

Your body is sensitive to your emotions, especially stress. When your stress levels rise, it can disrupt your menstrual cycle causing your period to come later or be missed. This, in turn, can be a stress factor which can spiral into something more. If your cycle has become more irregular and you’ve missed your period multiple months, you may have secondary amenorrhea. Your doctor will be able to confirm this and can help you find a remedy to help regulate your cycle.

Weight

Although exercise is great for your body, extreme exercise, such as training for a marathon, can send your hormones off track. It can even stop your period temporarily. And women on both ends of the weight spectrum can experience hormonal changes which can cause your period to be late or missed. Being 10 percent below the normal weight range for your height strongly effects how your body operates. Your doctor will work with you on how to eat properly and either gain or lose weight in order to bring your cycle back to normal.

Health Issues

There are a few specific conditions that may cause your body to have an irregular cycle. Ovarian cysts, diabetes, celiac disease, and thyroid issues are a few of the main health culprits to ask your doctor about. Of course, they can help pinpoint the exact issue and will likely be able to help treat the issue quickly and that will bring your regular cycle back. It’s never a good idea to try to diagnose and treat yourself based on information from friends or the internet, always consult your primary doctor or OB-GYN.

Pregnancy

If none of these are the reason your period is late, you may be pregnant. While at-home pregnancy tests are quick, they aren’t always accurate. At Willow Womens Center, we can confirm your at-home result with a medical-grade pregnancy test. However, it’s important to know that a pregnancy test does not confirm a viable pregnancy, only an ultrasound can. An ultrasound can not only confirm viability, but it also dates the pregnancy, which allows you to explore all your options.

If you think you might be facing an unexpected pregnancy, Willow Womens Center is your best choice for answers. We know what you’re feeling and can help you work through all the emotions and provide you with non-judgmental, unbiased, and accurate information about a possible pregnancy. Don’t walk this journey alone.

 

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