Frequently Asked Questions
1) I already bought a pregnancy test from a store. Why do I need to come in and be tested with you?
The pregnancy tests offered by our center meet Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA) standards for medically-accurate urine tests with instant results. The tests are accurate as early as two weeks after conception, usually before a missed period.
At our center, pregnancy tests are generally up to 99% accurate and:
- are done in a clinical and private setting
- results will be known during your appointment, and
- can usually be taken before you miss your period
A positive urine pregnancy test suggests a pregnancy, but should always be confirmed, for example with an ultrasound. We offer free ultrasounds.
2) I am 16 does a parent have to come with me for my appointment?
No, you may come in alone. Even though you are a minor, you have the right to confidential help, except in those cases where mandatory reporting applies, such as suicide risk. We will not provide your records to any person without written authorization from you.
3) Can I just come in whenever, or do I need an appointment?
We want to make sure we have a special time set aside to talk with you, so it’s usually best to schedule a pregnancy test appointment. (appointments offered at the Benson & Bellevue locations) If you are unable to make an appointment, you may walk-in at all three locations during open hours.
4) Can I bring someone with me?
Absolutely, it’s important to have the support of friends or family during an uncertain time.
5) Do I need to bring anything with me to an appointment?
Please bring a photo id with you. No insurance is required and all services are free.
6) What do you mean that I “may not need an abortion”? How can you tell?
Many women can avoid having to decide what to do with their unintended pregnancy, because about 1 in 5 of all pregnancies end naturally. Pregnancies that end naturally are not viable, and result in what are called miscarriages. Who wants to go through the pain, cost and risk of an abortion if it’s not necessary? A good way to check if you’ll miscarry is by ultrasound technology. We recommend you get your ultrasound at a medical facility that will (a) not charge you a fee for the ultrasound, and (b) not put you under any obligation when receiving the ultrasound.
7) Will Essential Pregnancy Services tell anyone that I came in for a pregnancy test?
Any and all information shared with us will be kept in the strictest confidence except as required by law or as required for the protection of yourself or others. You do not have to worry if your family or friends will find out. We’ll do everything we can to protect your privacy.
8) If I’ve already had an abortion, what can you do to help me?
You may be wondering, “Why do I need help after my abortion experience?” Many women have come to Essential Pregnancy Services for support. They realize they can’t deal with all of the unexpected consequences on their own. We are here no matter what choices you’ve made. We have a Professional Counselor on staff and there is no charge for her services.
9) How do I know if I’ve been exposed to an STD?
If you’ve been sexually intimate orally, anally, vaginally, or genital touching, you may have put yourself at risk for an STD/STI. It’s really that simple. Since there are many types of STDs/STIs, it is important that you be tested regularly. Hormonal birth control (pill, patch, or implant) or mechanical birth control (IUD or vaginal ring) do not prevent the transmission of STDs/STIs.
10) Can a condom protect me from an STD/STI?
Condoms can only reduce the chance of being infected with an STD/STI. If you have engaged in any sexual activity such as oral, anal, vaginal or genital touching, you may have been exposed to an STD/STI and you need to be screened for STDs/STIs.
Essential Pregnancy Services screens for gonorrhea and chlamydia.