If you think you may be pregnant, the first step is to call us to schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test. We understand your need for the most accurate answer as soon as possible. All of our Pregnancy Help Centers offer free quality pregnancy testing.
What is a pregnancy test and how does it work?
Pregnancy tests are designed to tell if your urine or blood contains a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). This hormone is produced right after a newly conceived baby attaches to the wall of a woman’s uterus.
This usually happens – but not always – about six days after conception has taken place. If you are pregnant, levels of hCG continue to rise rapidly, doubling every two to three days.
What types of pregnancy tests are available?
Two main types of pregnancy tests can let you know if you are pregnant: urine tests and blood tests.
Urine tests are done free of charge at all five of our Pregnancy Help Center locations. These tests can also be done at home or in a doctor’s office.
Blood tests are done at a doctor’s office, but are used less often than urine tests. These tests can detect pregnancy earlier than a urine test, or about six to eight days after ovulation, although tests results are not immediate as with a urine pregnancy test.
How accurate are pregnancy tests?
Our urine pregnancy tests are 97-99% accurate and can be done as early as two days after your first missed period.
We can provide the paperwork necessary for you to apply for Medicaid using our pregnancy test results.
What is a fetal ultrasound?
A fetal ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to create an image of your unborn baby on a video screen. The image confirms the pregnancy, helps a doctor to know how your baby is doing, and gives you a peek at the baby as well.
When is a fetal ultrasound done?
An ultrasound scan can be done anytime during the pregnancy. Two of our Pregnancy Help Centers, North Broward and South Dade, provide a free of charge, limited fetal ultrasound service for the purpose of:
- Confirming the pregnancy (that there is a pregnancy in the uterus)
- Confirming viability (that the baby’s heart is beating)
- Taking measurements to estimate the gestational age (how far along the baby is developed in weeks and days)
- Giving an estimated due date.