Pregnancy Testing in Columbia, Maryland
Think you’re pregnant? Columbia Pregnancy Center offers laboratory quality pregnancy test, both nurse administered and self administered. These tests check for a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) that is produced by the embryo during pregnancy. HCG is a hormone produced by your placenta when you are pregnant. It appears shortly after the embryo attaches to the wall of the uterus. If you are pregnant, this hormone increases very rapidly. If you have a 28 day menstrual cycle, you can detect HCG in your urine 12-15 days after ovulation. The best time to take a test is just after your missed period. Testing sooner can lead to conflicting results.
A positive pregnancy test (including those taken at home) suggests a high probability that you are pregnant. However, the result should be confirmed. Schedule a free and confidential appointment today.
If your pregnancy test is positive, you will be offered a free ultrasound. An ultrasound can confirm a viable pregnancy and estimate how far along in pregnancy you are. As your options change as your pregnancy progresses, an ultrasound will provide important information that will tell you more about your pregnancy and your pregnancy options.
Do I need an ultrasound before an abortion?
An abortion clinic may or may not offer an ultrasound before an abortion, though sometimes they do. An ultrasound can confirm a viable pregnancy and estimate how far along in pregnancy you are. If you are considering abortion, an ultrasound will provide important information that will tell you more about your options. Abortion costs vary depending on how far along you are and the abortion procedure that you receive. Speak with us today about our free and confidential ultrasound services.
Signs & Symptoms of Pregnancy
The signs and symptoms of pregnancy vary from woman to woman and even from pregnancy to pregnancy. Some women have no noticeable signs at all. The timing of the onset of signs and symptoms also varies. Early indications may include but are not limited to:
- Late or Missed Period
- Nausea and/or Vomiting
- Frequent Urination
- Spotting or Cramping
- Unexplained Fatigue
- Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
- Food Cravings or Aversions
- Increased Sense of Smell
- Darkening of Nipples
- Sore, Swollen, or Itchy Breasts
Having one or all of these symptoms may be an indicator of a pregnancy, but does not necessarily mean you are pregnant. Women do occasionally experience an inaccurate pregnancy test or the result may be unclear. If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of pregnancy, schedule medical quality pregnancy testing – at no cost to you.