When Can You Detect Pregnancy?

If you’re worried that you could be pregnant, you might be tempted to go buy a pregnancy test and use it right away. Unfortunately, unless you’ve waited until you’ve missed the anticipated date of your period, you may very well get a false negative test.

The reason for this is that both pregnancy tests, the blood test and urine sample, rely on detecting the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone. This hormone increases rapidly after the embryo attaches to the lining of the uterus and is responsible for most pregnancy symptoms.

Most manufacturers claim a 99 percent accuracy for their tests when performed as recommended. HCG levels only become detectable seven to 12 days after implantation and is the reason women are cautioned not to take the test early.

Wait Before Taking a Test

The Cleveland Clinic advises women to wait five to 10 days after a missed period before administering a test so you don’t experience a false negative positive result. They advise using first-morning urine because HCG is most concentrated then, don’t drink a lot of fluid before the test to increase the volume because it thins the hormone concentration, and be sure to follow each step in the test precisely.

Early pregnancy symptoms that could signal a need for taking a pregnancy test include a missed period, feeling exhausted, urinating often, sensitive or swollen breasts, nausea or vomiting. Having these symptoms can help rule out a false positive on a test; false positives can result due to a chemical pregnancy, where the pregnancy ends shortly after the egg attaches to the uterine lining, menopause, ectopic pregnancy, and ovarian conditions such as cysts.

Confirming a Viable Pregnancy

After a pregnancy test, it is important to receive an ultrasound to confirm if the pregnancy is viable. A non-viable pregnancy, if undetected, could lead to some women making decisions that are not in their best interest.

This is why Willow Womens Center not only offers free, medical-grade pregnancy tests, we also offer free ultrasounds to confirm viability, and free STD/STI testing if warranted. Contact us for an appointment.

An ultrasound has many benefits, from determining viability to telling you how far along you are, finding the heartbeat, and determining the location where the embryo is implanted. This is important in case of an ectopic pregnancy where implantation occurs in the fallopian tube and can be life threatening.

Also, 20 percent of all pregnancies do not carry to term and 80 percent of all miscarriages take place during the first trimester, or 12 weeks. An ultrasound can help detect if you are at risk for a miscarriage or if there is an issue, such as an ectopic pregnancy, where you need immediate medical attention.

Willow Womens Center is holistic and focused solely on you and your well-being. We will support you and help you consider all your options, but only YOU can make the decision that is best for you. Call us today for an appointment.

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Why Choose Us?

Your period hasn’t come and you feel unsure what to do next. If you think you might be pregnant, Willow Womens Center is here for you. You are our priority! All of our services are free of charge, which means we are only interested in helping you get all the information needed to make an informed decision.

Willow Womens Center can verify your pregnancy at no cost to you

During your confidential appointment, you will receive a high-quality pregnancy test at no cost. If you are pregnant, our friendly, trained staff will provide information on each of your options and will provide an ultrasound (at no cost) to determine how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable.

Before deciding about your pregnancy, it’s critical to know exactly how far along your pregnancy is.

No matter what you choose to do with your body, the only timely way to confirm a pregnancy and find out how far along you are is through an ultrasound. An Ultrasound can also spot whether you might miscarry or if your pregnancy is ectopic, which could be life-threatening.

If you are indeed pregnant, Willow provides testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea.

Since abortion can be an invasive procedure, untreated STI’s can be pushed into the uterus where they can radically impact your reproductive health, as well as your life. If you test positive either STI, we will either provide or refer for treatment.


Abortion

Considering abortion? If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy, you might be considering an abortion. There are many different types of procedures and it’s important to receive the most up-to-date information before proceeding. Our supportive team can answer questions in a non-judgmental and caring manner.

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 pregnancy 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.
  • What does Viable mean?
    A viable pregnancy is a pregnancy that will most likely carry to term. Having a positive pregnancy test does not mean you have a pregnancy that will result in birth. Up to one third of all pregnancies are not viable. An ultrasound can determine if you have a pregnancy that requires a decision.

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


About Us

Your period is late and you’re not sure what to do. If you think you might be pregnant, Willow Womens Center is your best choice!

Willow Womens Center can verify your pregnancy at no cost to you. This includes receiving a high-quality pregnancy test during your appointment. If you are pregnant, our patient care team will provide you with information on your options and provide you with a no cost ultrasound to determine how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable.

Before making a decision about your pregnancy, it is vital to know exactly how far along the pregnancy is. No matter what you choose to do with your body, the only way to confirm a pregnancy and find out how far along you are is through an ultrasound. An ultrasound can also detect if your pregnancy is ectopic, which could be life threatening.

If you are indeed pregnant, Willow Womens Center provides testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea. Since abortion can be an invasive procedure, untreated STI’s can be pushed into the uterus where they can drastically affect your long-term reproductive health and future fertility. An untreated STI can leave you with Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, causing chronic abdominal pain, fever, abnormal bleeding, nausea and infertility.

Willow Womens Center is located in Beloit near Shopko. It is across the street from the Thirsty Badger Bar and Grill and next door to Fiesta Cancun at 2680 Prairie Avenue.

Willow Womens Center does not perform or refer for abortions.

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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.