How do I know if I am really pregnant?
Up to 33% of pregnancies end in natural miscarriage and your test can still be positive.
How accurate is the test?
PCC tests are laboratory rated. They can detect the HCG pregnancy hormone as early as 7 days after conception or 21 to 24 days after the first day of your last period. The test is over 99% accurate.
Can I have a retest if my test is negative and my period doesn't start?
Yes, we encourage you to schedule another pregnancy test with us to be sure. The HCG hormone doubles every 2.2 days during the first three months of pregnancy.
Should I see a doctor if I have a second negative test and have not started my period?
If you have concerns about missed periods and your pregnancy test continues to be negative, you should see your health care provider for assessment. If you need resources for health care, our staff can provide you referrals.
How will I know how far along I am?
An ultrasound can tell you how many weeks you are pregnant, which will help in planning the outcome of your pregnancy. We do FREE ultrasounds at Life Choices.
Can I get pregnant while using a contraceptive?
Yes. According to the Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood), up to half of unplanned pregnancies are conceived while using contraceptives. Abstinence is the only 100% effective way to prevent pregnancy and STDs.
What is an STD or an STI? Is there a difference?
An STD is a sexually transmitted disease. An STI is a sexually transmitted infection. They are slightly different but are often used interchangeably. You get them by coming in contact with an infected person’s mouth, anus, vagina or penis.
Does having a sexually transmitted disease affect my pregnancy options?
Yes! When considering your pregnancy options, it is important to know if you have a Sexually Transmitted Disease. It is always best to be treated for a STD as soon as possible. Women who have an untreated STD (like Chlamydia or Gonorrhea) are up to 25% more likely to develop Pelvic Inflamatory Disease (PID) following an abortion procedure. It is important to be tested for STDs prior to making any decisions about the outcome of your pregnancy. See consequences of PID below.
Can I get an STD if I am using contraceptives?
"HPV, also known as Genital warts, is not preventable by any contraceptive, including condoms." - From a Congressional Report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Is it true that I'm at higher risk for contracting STDs if I use hormonal contraceptives (the Pill, Depo, the Patch, etc.)?
Yes. You are at a higher risk for contracting at least three different STD's:
HPV (Human Papillomavirus), which is a primary cause of cervical cancer. No contraceptives protect against it.
Chlamydia which is the most common STD. Use of hormonal contraceptives increases the risk of contracting Chlamydia.
Contraceptive use creates a genital environment that makes contracting HIV easier. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS.
Condoms prevent STI’s, right? How safe are they?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) put together 138 scientific studies from around the world and found that there is no clinical proof that condoms are effective in preventing several STI’s and only 85% effective in preventing the transmission of the HIV virus.
Also, people who use condoms have "safer" sex more often, increasing their risk of STD exposure.
Can I die from having an STD?
Yes. You can have an STD and experience no symptoms and therefore go untreated, which can lead to things like:
Have more questions?
You'll find more answers at www.LoveFacts.org.
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