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Pregnancy Testing Service

Am I Pregnant?

Although this is the most common question we receive, it is one that we cannot answer. The only way to be sure of pregnancy is to have a pregnancy test. It is most reliable to have the test done by a medical professional.

What are the signs of pregnancy?

Sore or enlarged breasts

Headaches

Frequent urnination

A missed period

Nausea

Unexplainable fatigue
Many women especially young women have normally irregular periods. These irregularities may include missed periods and other changes in the menstrual cycle. These irregularities can happen from month to month. Although pregnancy is the most common reason for missing a period, irregularity is also caused by illness, travel, worry, or stress.

How do I find out if I am pregnant?

You need to take a pregnancy test to tell if you are pregnant. Many home pregnancy tests detect pregnancy by identifying the presence of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in urine 17 to 20 days after fertilization. Some of the newer home tests can detect pregnancy from a urine sample as early as a few days after a missed period. Medical professionals also use urine tests to detect pregnancy. If you use a home pregnancy test you must follow the directions carefully and correctly. To be sure about the presence or absence of a pregnancy, it is best to visit a qualified family planning professional or your local health department for a pregnancy test. West Alabama Women’s Center offers pregnancy tests available without an appointment at any time during office hours. Simply come inside the office and tell the receptionist that you are here for a pregnancy test. You may have a short wait, but the test takes only a couple of minutes. No one will try to counsel or lecture you, but you may request information about pregnancy options if you wish. You do not have to be considering abortion in order to have a test at our office-it is always a happy occasion for the staff to be able to confirm a wanted pregnancy. If you have a negative test but the pregnancy may be too early to show up on the test, you are welcome to return to the office after a few days for another test, or of course you may try the more sensitive test. If you are pregnant, whether or not you want to continue the pregnancy, you need to have medical care and counseling as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment at West Alabama Women’s Center, call toll free 1-800-616-2383, or 205-556-2026.

What can I do if I am pregnant?


First, have a pregnancy test


If the test is negative:


…you must decide what to do for the future. If you don’t want a pregnancy and if you are going to continue to have sexual intercourse, it is important for you and your partner to choose a reliable method of birth control. This will greatly reduce your chances of going through a “pregnancy scare” again.

If the test is positive:


…these questions may help you to sort out your feelings. Whatever you decide, make sure that you are aware of the emotional, social and physical risks of your choice.

Parenthood:

How do I feel about being totally responsible for someone for at least 18 years?
How do I feel about giving up much of my freedom? My privacy? The option to go and do as I please?
Will I work, go to school, or stay at home?
If I’m not at home all day, who will care for my child?
Am I ready to be a mother?
How will I find and pay for a doctor to deliver my baby?
Can I afford the cost of food, clothing, housing, childcare, and medical care?
Do I know how much it will cost to raise a child?
How would I feel about raising a child without a partner?
Do I know the physical risks of pregnancy and childbearing?
How much is my partner willing to help?
What community agencies can offer assistance?
What might my life be like in 5 years? 10 years?

Marriage:

How do I feel about living with my partner on a day-to-day basis?
How would this pregnancy affect a marriage?
How do I feel about giving up much of my freedom? My privacy? The option to go and do as I please?
Will I work, go to school, or stay home?
If my partner and I are not at home all day who will care for our child?
Can we afford the cost of food, clothing, housing, childcare and medical care?
Do I know how much it costs to raise a child?
Do I know the physical risks of pregnancy and childbearing?
What community agencies can offer assistance?
What might my life be like in 5 years? 10 years?
Who can I talk to about my decision?
How does my partner answer these questions?

Abortion:

How do I feel about being pregnant?
How do I feel about being a parent?
When do I believe life begins?
What does my religion say about abortion?
How do I feel about abortion?
How far along is the pregnancy?
What type of procedure would be done? Do I know the physical risks?
What does the law say about abortion?
What agencies offer abortion services?
How much does abortion cost? How will I pay for it?
How might this decision affect me in 5 years? 10 years?
Who can I talk to about my decision?
Can I count on my partner for financial help?

Adoption:

How do I feel about going through 9 months of pregnancy, delivery, and then giving my child to someone else?
How do I feel about someone else raising my child?
How do I feel about the probability of never seeing my child again?
Would it make a difference if I had a boy or a girl?
Do I know the physical risks of pregnancy and childbearing?
What agencies offer adoption services?
What are the adoption procedures?
What are the terms of adoption?
What might my life be like 5 years? 10 years?
Who can I talk to about my decision?

If you would like to Book An Appointment for a pregnancy test, learn about Birth Control Options or if have any questions feel free to Contact us at anytime at 1-800-616-2383 or 205-556-2026.