Pregnancy Testing

If you think you might be pregnant, request an appointment to find out for sure. Alternatives Medical Clinic offers free pregnancy tests in addition to other services to support and empower you through this process.

How do I know if I should take a pregnancy test?

A missed period is the most common indicator that you might be pregnant. Other common symptoms of pregnancy include: frequent urination, nausea, breast soreness or tenderness, dizziness, and a change of appetite. These symptoms vary depending on the woman and on the pregnancy, so you may experience just one or several of them.

What does hCG have to do with pregnancy tests?

Human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, is a hormone produced by the placenta, which is present in pregnant women. Our urine-based pregnancy tests will check for the presence of hCG in your body. HCG is released into the body almost immediately after the egg is implanted, which occurs approximately 5 to 8 days after conception. At first, hCG is produced in very small amounts and then it dramatically increases. The concentration of hCG doubles approximately every 2.2 days in pregnant women.

How accurate are your pregnancy tests?

Our urine pregnancy tests are over 99 percent accurate. They are provided to you in a private and clinical setting. A positive urine pregnancy test suggests a high probability that you are pregnant.

Do all pregnancy tests have the same sensitivity to hCG?

No, they do not. There are many types of tests on the market for both professional and home use. These all have different sensitivity levels for detecting the hCG hormone. Some over-the-counter home tests may not pick up the presence of hCG until well after the first missed period.

How early can a pregnancy test at Alternatives Medical Clinic give positive results?

Because our urine testing is so sensitive, it may show a positive result as early as 4 days before your next expected period. Although urine pregnancy testing picks up the presence of hCG, it does not guarantee a viable pregnancy.

How do I medically confirm my pregnancy?

To medically confirm your pregnancy, you will need to have an ultrasound. Limited obstetrical ultrasound exams can be obtained at our clinic at no charge to you.

What if my pregnancy test is positive?

If your urine pregnancy test is positive, the nurse will evaluate you medically and offer an ultrasound as indicated to confirm your pregnancy. If you aren’t sure what to do next, it’s okay – many women in this position do not. We are simply here to help.

Alternatives Medical Clinic provides free pregnancy tests to women who might be pregnant. Schedule an appointment today for the free medical care you need.