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 If you've had sex, there is always a possibility of pregnancy. At different times of the month the chance can increase or decrease. The day before and the day of ovulation (when a ripened egg bursts out of its follicle) are the most fertile days, but since sperm can live for several days, this only accounts for approximately 80% of viable pregnancies.

Many assume that if they use contraception they cannot become pregnant. Contraception, however, is not 100% effective and there is still a chance for pregnancy if you've had sex.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of pregnancy vary from person to person, and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. Some will have no noticeable signs at all. The timing of the onset of symptoms also varies. Early indications may include:

  • Missed period
  • Tender breasts
  • Nausea
  • Increased urination
  • Fatigue

Additionally, other symptoms may include:

  • Light spotting
  • Cramping
  • Moodiness
  • Bloating
  • Constipation

How Do Pregnancy Tests Work? 

Pregnancy tests use monoclonal antibodies to detect a hormone known as human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is produced by the developing placenta beginning on the day the embryo implants in the uterine wall. Concentrations of this pregnancy hormone vary widely from person to person. Even pregnancies that have implanted may produce too little hCG for tests to detect, especially only a day or two after a missed period. 

Additionally, about one-third to one-quarter of pregnancies implant for a short time, then fail. That leads to a transient rise in hCG, which can extend for as long as two days after the day of the missed menstrual period.

If you're comfortable waiting, a test taken a week after your period is due will give you more accurate results, as hCG levels rise significantly each day the embryo is implanted. 

If your test is positive, we can perform an ultrasound as early as two weeks after a missed period to confirm dates and detect viability. 

To Schedule

Our services are free, private, confidential, and available to everyone. There are no income limits, or other restrictions to receive services.  You may contact us directly at 218-844-8822 or here to schedule an appointment with our onsite Registered Nurse to confirm pregnancy, or for information about your options. 

We can also provide an ultrasound to confirm and date your pregnancy.

 *All medical services are overseen and under the licensure of our Medical Director, who is an OB/GYN*

The information presented on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional and medical advice. Cited from Mayo Clinic, CDC and CBS News.

 

We do not offer, recommend or refer for abortions or abortifacients, but are committed to offering accurate information about abortion procedures and risks.