If you think you might be pregnant, or know that you are pregnant, you might have one or more of the following questions.
How do I know I'm pregnant?
A missed period is the most common indication of pregnancy, but it doesn't necessarily mean you are pregnant. Stress or activity levels can also delay a menstrual period.
Before seeking a medical diagnosis, a pregnancy test is the best way to tell if you are pregnant.
In addition, the following early signs are worth noting:
- Tender or swollen breasts
- Nausea or vomiting
- Frequent urination
- Appetite Change
- Food cravings or aversions
This is an important time for you to learn all your options so you can make a good decision for your future. Smart women’s health decisions mean making an informed choice concerning the physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of each option when faced with an unplanned pregnancy.
What about emergency contraception?
Emergency contraception (EC) is often referred to as the “morning-after pill.” It is a drug intended to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. There are several things to keep in mind if you are considering using this pill:
- Only 8 out of 100 women will get pregnant after a single act of intercourse during their time of fertility.*
- It is important to have a pregnancy test prior to taking EC, especially if a woman’s period is a week late.
- It is also important to remember that EC will not protect you against HIV/AIDS or any other sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).
- Women who experience severe abdominal pain after taking EC may have an ectopic pregnancy and should get immediate medical help as this is very dangerous and could be a life-threatening situation.
Reference - Katz, V et al. Comprehensive Gynecology 5th ed. Philadelphia: Mosby-Elsevier; 2007.
There are two main types of emergency contraception:
- Plan B One-Step™ is a single pill that contains large amounts of a hormone called levonorgestrel and is taken within 72 hours of sex. It works by one of several methods: preventing ovulation, preventing fertilization by keeping the egg and sperm from uniting, and/or preventing an embryo from implanting into the lining of the uterus. It will not disrupt an already implanted pregnancy. SOURCE: Plan B One-Step FAQ’s. http://www.planbonestep.com/hcp/faqs.aspx Accessed August 18, 2017. Side effects include changes in periods, nausea, lower abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, dizziness, breast tenderness and vomiting. SOURCE: Plan B One-Step FAQ’s. http://www.planbonestep.com/hcp/faqs.aspx Accessed August 18, 2017.
- ellaOne® (ulipristal) is for use within 5 days of unprotected sex. This drug blocks the natural hormone progesterone in a woman’s body. It may reduce the chance of pregnancy in several ways, including preventing or postponing ovulation, and/or preventing an embryo from implanting into the lining of the uterus. The most common side effects of ella® include headache, nausea, stomach pain, menstrual cramps, fatigue and dizziness. SOURCE: ellaOne Side Effects. http://www.ellaone.com/ellaone-well-tolerated/ Accessed August 18, 2017.
References also sourced in Before You Decide, 2015 (free copies available upon request)
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Questions about pregnancy
- What are the symptoms of pregnancy?
- Is my home pregnancy test accurate?
- If I am pregnant, how far along am I?
- What does the baby look like at this stage of development?
Questions about abortion
- How is the abortion procedure performed? What are my options?
- What if my partner doesn't want me to continue the pregnancy?
- Are there any short-term or long-term risks to consider?
- What if I don't want an abortion, but my parents are pressuring me to have one?
Questions about parenting
- How do I handle all the stress (finances, etc.) of having a baby?
- Will my partner help provide for my baby?
- How do I get medical insurance for my baby and me?
Our trained pregnancy counselors are here to answer your questions about pregnancy and abortion. Our woman-to-woman approach is provided in a caring, non- judgmental atmosphere.