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 make an appointment, call our helpline or text us. If you feel most comfortable making 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.


We are temporarily closing our centers today, Friday, June 24, through Monday, June 27. We will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, June 28. Our helpline is available to serve women in need. Call 402-554-1000 for help now.


When you submit a request for an appointment, you will receive a text asking you to call us within one business day. If you submit your request for an appointment after business hours, you will receive a text on the following business day. Once you receive this text, you MUST call to confirm your appointment by the time designated in the text message or your requested appointment will NOT be scheduled.


Before you make an appointment or visit EPS, please review our current policies so we can maintain a safe environment for all. Thank you for your cooperation!

1. If you are feeling ill or have a fever, please do not schedule or attend an appointment. We can reschedule when you are feeling better. If you are unsure about whether to attend your appointment, call our helpline.

2. One adult guest may accompany you to your medical appointment. No children are permitted at appointments. No children should be left unattended in vehicles for any amount of time, so please make plans prior to coming to EPS if you have children in your care.

3. Babes in arms are welcome with clients participating in EPS Life Services, including when attending education classes and shopping in the boutique.

4. A mask must be worn at all times while in EPS centers and social distancing maintained.

We look forward to serving you. Thank you!

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