Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about Options for Women, our services or pregnancy in general? Check out some of our frequently asked questions below and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have additional questions.

How do I know if I’m pregnant?

There is always a chance you may get pregnant after having sex, even if you’ve used contraception. If you think you may be pregnant, you are likely hyper-aware of changes in your body, especially if those changes could be associated with early pregnancy symptoms. While the most common symptom of pregnancy is a missed period, every woman’s body is different, which means that every pregnancy is different.

Some early signs of pregnancy include:

  • Missed period
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Breast tenderness
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Food aversion
  • Mood swings

Please note that these symptoms could be associated with other conditions or changes in your body. That’s why it’s so important to take a pregnancy test and have a subsequent ultrasound to know for sure.

Is it too soon for me to take a pregnancy test?

Most pregnancy tests will give accurate results if taken after a missed period. Tests taken before or right around the time of an expected period may or may not give accurate results. If you do not remember when your last period was or you are unsure if it is too early to test, someone at Options for Women can help you decide.

If I am pregnant, what are my options?

If you find out that you are pregnant, you might experience a variety of emotions including excitement, worry, and fears about the future. Many women find it helpful to talk to someone about these emotions and hear about their options. A client advocate at Options for Women can meet with you in a safe and confidential setting to listen to you and help explore your options.

Can you get pregnant using birth control?

Depending on the method of birth control used, failure rates can be anywhere from 1 in 100 women to 30 in 100 women. Different methods including hormonal contraceptives, intrauterine devices, and barrier devices each have different rates of effectiveness at avoiding pregnancy. The only way to know if you have become pregnant while using birth control is to take a pregnancy test and have the pregnancy confirmed by an ultrasound. If you think you might be pregnant, Options for Women can help.

Is birth control safe?

Depending on which method of birth control is used, health and safety considerations will vary. Birth control that is injected, implanted, or taken in pill form is a prescribed medication, which means there may be side effects. Even if no side effects are experienced, no form of birth control is 100 percent effective at preventing pregnancy or preventing the hurts associated with sexual activity before you are ready. If you have questions about birth control, Options for Women can help.

Do you give out birth control?

While Options for Women offers medical services, we do not dispense any prescription medications, including hormonal birth control. Options for Women recommends non-hormonal methods. These methods, once learned, are clinically as effective as hormonal contraceptives, without the cost or side effects. If you are interested in more information or would like to make an appointment to learn more about Family Planning using the FEMM method, please contact our center today.

Did we answer your questions? If not, please contact us today to speak to someone about your unique situation.

May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.