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Pregnancy testing and counseling

Pregnancy Testing & Counseling

Essential Health Clinic offers pregnancy testing. We want to support you in making the decision that is best for you, a decision made by examining your values and life situation, and a decision with which you can feel comfortable. We believe that all individuals should have the personal freedom to choose the timing, number, and spacing of their children.

All services are provided in harmony with the personal beliefs of each client.

For more pregnancy resources, download our pamphlet Pregnancy Resources: A Client- Centered Guide to Pregnancy Counseling.

Can you get pregnant the first time you have sexual intercourse?

Yes.

How soon can someone test for pregnancy after sexual intercourse?

A pregnancy test is valid two weeks (14 days) after sexual intercourse.

How much does a pregnancy test cost at Essential Health Clinic?

Essential Health Clinic offers pregnancy testing and counseling on a sliding fee scale.

How does Essential Health Clinic test for pregnancy?

Essential Health Clinic provides urine pregnancy testing. This tests for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is released when a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. HCG is only found in a woman's body if she is pregnant.

How long does it take to get the test results?

A staff member will meet with you before running your test and shortly after reading your test to discuss your results. You will know the result of your test before you leave the clinic that day.

What kinds of resources does Essential Health Clinic offer to a pregnant woman?

Essential Health Clinic supports a woman's right to choose when and if she has children. All-options, client-focused pregnancy counseling is offered with our pregnancy testing service. Clients can receive information on prenatal care, parenting resources, and financial support resources, adoption services and abortion services.

When can a female get pregnant?

Every woman's fertility is different. Generally, after an egg is released from an ovary (ovulation), it lives for about two days. During this time a female has the greatest chance of becoming pregnant if she has sexual intercourse. Although menstrual cycles vary in length, the number of days between ovulation and the next period is generally consistent (14 days). If conception does not occur, a female will menstruate.

Can I get an abortion at Essential Health Clinic?

No, Essential Health Clinic does not provide that service. Essential Health Clinic supports a woman's right to choose when and if she has children. All-options, client-focused pregnancy counseling is offered with our pregnancy testing service. Whatever you decide to do, our staff will provide you with medically accurate information.

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