FAQs

How do I know if I’m pregnant?

Pregnancy symptoms are different for every woman. They can be very obvious for some women and others might experience no symptoms at all. However, the most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period.

Pregnancy FAQ’s

Unexpected pregnancies and unanswered questions go hand in hand. Below are answers to the most common questions women ask us.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms

Fatigue
Nausea/vomitting
Tender/swollen breasts
Spotting
Aversion to certain foods
Cramping
Mood swings


Q: How much will I be charged?
A: Nothing. The cost of all services at Willow Womens Center are covered. There is no cost to you, and fees will never be submitted to your insurance.

Q: Will you tell my parents or anyone else that I was here for an appointment?
A: No. Your privacy is important to us, and we take confidentiality very seriously. We will not tell anyone you called or visited.

Q: I read about “fake clinics” online. Are you a fake clinic?
A: No, Willow Womens Center is a real medical center staffed by real, licensed healthcare professionals.

Q: Is the morning-after pill the same as the abortion pill?
A: No. Women take the morning-after pill (i.e., Plan B) within 72 hours of unprotected sex or failed contraception. The abortion pill (also called medical abortion or RU-486) ends a confirmed pregnancy.

Q: How will I know if I am pregnant?
A: The most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period. If your period is late and you think you might be pregnant, make an appointment for a free, medical-grade pregnancy test.

Q: How quickly can I get pregnant after an abortion or miscarriage?
A: You can ovulate and become pregnant as soon as two weeks after an abortion or miscarriage. To prevent complications, avoid pregnancy shortly after a previous one.

Q: How long does the pregnancy hormone (hCG) stay in your body after delivery /abortion/ miscarriage?
A: It can take a month or more for your hCG levels to return to normal, depending on how high your hormone levels were when your pregnancy ended. If you have a positive pregnancy test after a recent pregnancy, be sure to visit your doctor.

Q: I do not have any symptoms, so why do I need sexually transmitted infection (STI) screening if my pregnancy test is positive?
A: STI screening protects your health. The most common STIs are usually symptomless in women and can lead to pregnancy complications if you choose to carry your pregnancy. If you have an abortion with untreated STI, it can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and permanent damage to your reproductive system.

Q: Can I get an STI from oral sex?
A: Yes, some STIs spread from only skin-to-skin contact. Your throat and other parts of your body can become infected.

Q: Why do I need an ultrasound if I know I want an abortion?
A: An ultrasound is essential to protect your health and confirm that you have a viable pregnancy. If your pregnancy is outside your uterus or there is no fetal heart rate detected, you need a different medical procedure, not an abortion. Since approximately 20 percent of known pregnancies aren’t viable and abortions can be hard on many levels, it’s critical to know whether or not you have a viable pregnancy before moving forward.

Q: Why do I have to wait for an ultrasound?
A: The soonest an ultrasound will give us the answers needed is at six weeks of pregnancy, so if you are less than six weeks pregnant, we may perform an ultrasound, but may not be able to see what we need to provide accurate information. In this situation, we will ask you to return for a follow-up visit after you have reached your sixth week.

Q: Are you going to pressure me into an abortion or out of an abortion?
A: No. Your autonomy and ability to make decisions for your life are highly valued here. Our role is to empower you with unbiased facts about your options, so you will be equipped with accurate knowledge to make a confident decision. We will never judge you for the choice you make about your unexpected pregnancy.

You probably have questions that we have not addressed here. We are available to provide answers at Willow Womens Center.  Make an appointment or contact us by calling 608-312-2025.


Medical Services

We offer a variety of unplanned pregnancy medical services at no cost to you: pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, STI testing and referrals.

Pregnancy Tests

If you have had unprotected sex and think you might be pregnant, we are your first step. Willow Womens Center will provide you with pregnancy testing services at no cost to you.

Pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken between 28 to 31 days after the first day of your last period. A pregnancy test detects the hormone known as hCG, which is found in the urine of women who are pregnant. One of our licensed medical staff members will administer the test and discuss your results with you immediately following the test.

Additionally, if you have had unprotected sex, you might be at risk for an STD/STI. A Sexually Transmitted Infection can cause serious harm to you and your pregnancy if left untreated. We offer STI testing services for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea if you have a positive pregnancy test and can provide you with referrals for any other testing you may need.

Ultrasounds

Once your pregnancy has been confirmed through one of our medical-grade pregnancy tests, your next step is to get an ultrasound (also done at no cost to you!)

An ultrasound can tell you how far along you are, detect a fetal heartbeat and determine the location of the pregnancy. If your pregnancy develops in your fallopian tubes, this is called an ectopic pregnancy and can be life-threatening.

An ultrasound may also help determine the risk that you might miscarry: 20% of all pregnancies do not carry to term and 80% of all miscarriages happen in the first trimester (first 13 weeks.) If it is determined that you are at risk for a miscarriage or have an ectopic pregnancy, you may not need to have an abortion; rather, you would need to seek prompt medical attention.

When you make an appointment with us, our medical team can provide you the information you need and answer any questions you might have.

Referrals

Pregnancy tests are most accurate when taken between 28 to 31 days after the first day of your last period. A pregnancy test detects the hormone known as hCG, which is found in the urine of women who are pregnant. One of our licensed medical staff members will administer the test and discuss your results with you immediately following the test.

Additionally, if you have had unprotected sex, you might be at risk for an STD/STI. A Sexually Transmitted Infection can cause serious harm to you and your pregnancy if left untreated. We offer STI testing services for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea if you have a positive pregnancy test and can provide you with referrals for any other testing you may need.

When you discover you are unexpectedly pregnant, it is common for strong emotions to follow. Shock, fear, and confusion are all normal responses to an unplanned pregnancy. But you can rest assured that Willow Womens Center is here to help you sort things out.

From providing an answer to the question “Am I pregnant?” to deciding your next steps, you do not have to walk through this time alone. Willow Womens Center is a medical clinic staffed with caring, licensed healthcare professionals who are experienced in supporting women like you during the uncertainty of an unexpected pregnancy.

We are passionate about providing high-quality healthcare that is delivered with compassion at no cost to you – ever. And you will never have to worry about being judged when you come to our clinic for support, we are simply here to help you navigate through your decision process.

You also deserve to receive accurate facts about your pregnancy so that you can make a pregnancy decision based on your unique situation. To provide you the correct information you need, we offer you the following limited medical services:

We understand how scary it can feel to make an appointment when you think you may be pregnant. You can have peace of mind knowing that we will guard your privacy carefully and that all the services we provide to you are confidential – even if you are under age eighteen.

So slow down, take a deep breath, and take the best next step by making an appointment online at Willow Womens Center or call our appointment line at 608.312.2025. We are here for you!


Unplanned Pregnancy Options

What should I do first?

If you think you might be pregnant, we are your best first step!

We can provide you with an on-site pregnancy test at no cost to you to confirm your pregnancy. Then, an ultrasound will determine how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable. If you are pregnant, our staff can help you understand the facts associated with each abortion procedure, as well as helping you determine whether you need to be screened for a Sexually Transmitted Infection.

What do I need to know about Abortion?

Abortion is a medical procedure and there are several different types of abortion.

Abortion procedures include the abortion pill (Plan B or RU 486) and surgical abortions which are more invasive. Abortion procedures can cost anywhere from $500-$5,000, depending on the type of procedure and if there are any complications that require further surgeries or medical treatment. If you are considering an abortion, we have information on the types of procedures and how they will impact your body. Our medical team can answer any questions you may have.

Types of Abortion


  • Plan B

    Plan B, often called the “Morning After Pill,” is a high-dosage birth control pill that women can take up to 72 hours after intercourse. It ends a pregnancy by preventing an egg from being released, interfering with a woman’s menstrual cycle, or preventing the egg from implanting in the uterus. Some side effects include nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, headaches and vomiting.

  • RU-486

    RU-486 is a medical abortion procedure that involves a series of two pills that are taken within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. The first pill will cut off the blood flow to the embryo and the second will induce labor. Side effects associated with the second pill include severe cramps, bleeding, nausea and vomiting. It is possible that after these two pills, women will still need a surgical procedure to effectively complete the termination.

  • Surgical Abortions

    The most common surgical abortion procedure is the Manual or Vacuum Aspiration procedure. This procedure involves using either a syringe or vacuum to suck the zygote out of your body. As with any other surgery, you should expect to feel some side effects including cramping, nausea, sweating and faintness.

    The Dilation and Evacuation procedure combines vacuum aspiration, dilation and curettage, and forceps. For this procedure, you are given a sedative and an injection in your cervix, while forceps are used to remove larger sections of the pregnancy. A curette is then used to scrape the lining of the uterus, while suctioning any remnants out of your body.


  • What are the risks?

    Just like any surgery or medical procedure, there are health risks associated with abortion. Some risks may include heavy bleeding, infection, damage to cervix, damage to the uterus, damage to other internal organs, sepsis, fertility loss and death. If you still have questions, our medical team can give you the complete information on the risks of these procedures.

To learn more about your options, schedule your no cost appointment today!