If you think you might be pregnant, the following list of questions may help you understand pregnancy in general and answer some of the most common questions asked by women.
If you have a question that isn’t on this list, please contact us.
Could I be pregnant?
If you have had sex you may be pregnant. Even if you used protection, it may have failed. Birthcontrol, other than abstinence, is not guaranteed to be 100% effective all the time. If your period is late, and you suspect you are pregnant, you should consider taking a pregnancy test.
What are some of the common symptoms of pregnancy?
I have none, or only some pregnancy symptoms, could I still be pregnant?
Yes. Some women do not have any pregnancy symptoms at all, while others may experience all or just a few symptoms. Each person, and even each pregnancy in the same person, can have different symptoms.
Where can I get a pregnancy test?
Pregnancy tests may be purchased from most pharmacies or supermarkets. You may also have a test performed in a doctor’s office or get a free test at a pregnancy center. To find a local pregnancy center click: Help near you.
How reliable are pregnancy tests?
Most pregnancy tests will state their reliability on the package, which ranges from 90–99% effective. However, each test, brand, and variety may vary so it’s important to follow the directions closely. Some tests may work before your missed period, while others require that you wait until your period is late, so read the packaging carefully to select the best test for your use.
What kinds of tests are there?
Most tests purchased from a pharmacy or supermarket, as well as tests at a pregnancy center, require a urine sample. A blood test may be performed in a doctor’s office, but blood tests may not be necessary to confirm a pregnancy.
How much do pregnancy tests cost?
Test costs vary from store to store and brand to brand, but the price may range from $5–15 per test. Tests are free at a pregnancy center.
Do I have to be 18 to get a pregnancy test?
No. Anyone can purchase a test from a store or have a test performed in a doctor’s office or a pregnancy center.
How many tests will I need to take?
You may need to take more than one test; if a test is positive you may want to follow up with a visit to your doctor or a pregnancy resource center. Even if a home pregnancy test is negative, and you think you may still be pregnant, you may want to wait a week and test again.
Which test should I buy?
Pregnancy tests pretty much work the same and it doesn’t matter which brand you buy. If you test and you doubt the result you can test again but use a different brand.