How do you know for sure.
A night of unprotected sex, the condom broke or you just didn’t think you could get pregnant. No matter the reason, if you’re reading this article you’re thinking you could be pregnant. For many, the signs and symptoms of pregnancy are clear, but for some they may experience no symptoms or just a feeling they might be pregnant.
If you have any of the most common symptoms below, it’s possible you might be pregnant.
- Missed menstrual period
- Swollen or tender breasts
- Irritability, short-temper, tears or a wide range of emotions
- Tiredness, fatigue or exhaustion
- Increased or decrease in appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
Other symptoms to consider might include:
- Spotting or light bleeding
- Frequent Urination
- Darkening of your nipples (areolas)
It’s true, some of these symptoms can be explained by other causes, so it’s important to understand if they are due to pregnancy or something else.
So how do you know for sure? A medical grade pregnancy test is one of the most accurate ways to know if you are pregnant. You can get receive a free pregnancy test at your local Pregnancy Resource Center. The pregnancy test is measuring your urine for a hormone called HCG that is only produced in women who are pregnant. The test is most accurate when the hormone is most concentrated, usually in your morning urine, but can be measured at any time of the day.
A few other factors are important to consider when determining if you are pregnant.
- When was the first day of your last menstrual period? In other words, do you remember when your last period was? This information helps a nurse determine when you might have ovulated and if you have indeed missed a period. Track your period using a period tracking app.
- Do you remember when you had sexual intercourse in the last few months? Don’t be embarrassed about the frequency or lack or frequency. What is important is if you give the nurse a good indication of the dates you were sexually active. This will help her determine if the sequence of events lines up and could indicate the possibility of pregnancy.
If you think you might be pregnant, or have taken a few home pregnancy tests and just want to be sure, contact our office and make an appointment. The appointment usually lasts about 45 minutes, it’s free and we can give you an answer the same day.
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