Girl looking at what to do if she had a missed period.


My period is late; could I be pregnant? What are other early pregnancy signs?
Is your period late? Or did you miss it altogether? What constitutes a late period? If you’ve gone past a regular menstrual cycle which comes anywhere from 21 to 35 days, you can consider your period missed.

Are there other causes for a missed period besides pregnancy?
Yes. A missed period can be due to stress, significant weight changes, medications, extreme exercise, or severe illness. However, if you’re sexually active, the likelihood of pregnancy is probably the most likely reason for your missed period. But let’s look at other early signs of pregnancy. Do you find yourself experiencing any of these?

Nausea • Tender breasts • Spotting • Increased urination • Mood swings • Food cravings

Although some of these could also be the start of your period if you’re late or missed your period, the likelihood of being pregnant is high.

When can I take a pregnancy test?
It’s good to know when you should take a pregnancy test because taking a test too early may give you a negative result, even if you are pregnant.
The best time to take a pregnancy test, given that you do not have irregular cycles, is right after missing your period. For example, if your cycles range from 27 to 35 days, the best time to take a test would be day 36 or later.

Where can I get an affordable pregnancy test?
At Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS), we offer free and confidential pregnancy testing in a private setting with no judgment, no hidden fees, and no obligation. Pregnancy tests offered at EPS are professional quality, high-sensitivity urine tests with results in minutes. The pregnancy test detects hCG, a hormone present during pregnancy. Therefore, it is most accurate to test for pregnancy after a missed period.

With a positive pregnancy test, you may also qualify for an ultrasound. Ultrasounds help determine the viability of a pregnancy. Did you know as many as *26 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage? If your pregnancy ends naturally, you may require prompt medical attention. Our team is here to help you with whatever situation you’re facing.

Again, our services are completely cost-free! There are no hidden fees or co-pays. All you need is a valid ID.

Where can I make an appointment?
We are glad you asked! At EPS, we have three locations in the Omaha metro area – Benson, Maple Village, and Bellevue.

To request an appointment, call or text our helpline. If you feel most comfortable requesting your confidential appointment online, click here.

We are here to help.
You are strong, capable, and deserve the help you need to make the best decision for yourself. So, let us care for you! We look forward to serving you very soon!

*The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that miscarriage/spontaneous abortion is the most common form of pregnancy loss. It is estimated that as many as 26 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage and up to 10 percent of clinically recognized pregnancies.