Could I Be Pregnant?
There are different times of a woman’s monthly cycle where the chance of pregnancy is greater than others. If you’ve had sex, there is always a possibility of becoming pregnant. Sperm can live in a woman’s reproductive tract for up to 5 days after sexual intercourse; contraception effectiveness depends on several factors and is not 100% effective at preventing unintended pregnancy.
One of the first symptoms of pregnancy is a missed period. Many women will start to experience other symptoms common in pregnancy, while some women do not experience any at all. It is important to note that these symptoms and their severity can vary from woman to woman and could also indicate another condition. The most commonly reported pregnancy symptoms can include, but are not limited to:
- Missed period
- Tender, swollen breasts
- Nausea – with or without vomiting
- Increased urination
- Fatigue (tiredness)
Other less obvious symptoms may include:
- Light spotting
- Food aversion/odor sensitivity
A pregnancy test is a tool used measure the concentration of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) which is produced by the placenta shortly after implantation of a fertilized egg. During early pregnancy, the hCG concentration increases rapidly — doubling every two to three days and can be detected in urine and blood. A good indication of pregnancy is a positive pregnancy test; only a medical professional can diagnose a pregnancy. If you have had a positive pregnancy test or are concerned that you may be pregnant, Compassion can provide you with a free and confidential test or retest. We can also provide a limited obstetric ultrasound, within medical parameters specified by our Medical Director (a local obstetrician/gynecologist), to verify your pregnancy. Call today; we are here to assist you and help you to sort through your questions and concerns confidentially.
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