Frequently Asked Questions

At North Care Women’s Clinic we are experts in pregnancy confirmation.

I already went to a drug store and bought a home pregnancy test. Why do I need to come in and be tested again?

At North Care Women’s Clinic we are experts in pregnancy confirmation. We offer laboratory quality, highly accurate pregnancy testing to verify your pregnancy or confirm a positive home test.  Tests can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception, and results are confidential.

When you come in for a free pregnancy test appointment you will meet with someone who can help you to understand the results, talk about your next step, and offer you an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy if you are eligible

You say, “I may not need an abortion.” How do you know?

1 in 5 pregnancies end naturally in miscarriage. An ultrasound can tell if your pregnancy is viable or you are miscarrying. You may be worrying about a decision you don’t even have to make. Wouldn’t you want to know that?  North Care Women’s Clinic offers ultrasound scans free of charge  to see if your pregnancy is viable.

I already made my decision. Why do I need an ultrasound?

Whether you’re thinking about parenting, abortion or adoption, an ultrasound gives you valuable information you need to know, regardless of your decision.

An ultrasound image can determine the gestational age of the pregnancy, whether you have an intrauterine pregnancy, and the viability of the pregnancy.

To learn more read Why Do I Need an Ultrasound?

I’ve already had an abortion. How can you help me?

Everyone handles abortion differently. We are here to help you deal with anything you may be feeling.  At North Care Women’s Clinic we are here for you regardless of what choices you’ve made.

I think I’m pregnant, but I’m on the pill. What should I do?

If you are taking the pill as prescribed it is rare to get pregnant. However, it is not impossible.  The hormones in the pill do not affect HCG levels, which is the hormone that urine pregnancy tests test for. You can schedule an appointment for an accurate laboratory quality test with us.   Once you learn that you’re pregnant, stop taking the birth control pill.  There’s very little evidence that exposure to the hormones in birth control pills causes birth defects.

Contact the prescribing physician for guidance on continuing the pill and your pregnancy.

References:
Mayo Clinic. (2013). Birth Control Pill FAQ: Benefits, Risks and Choices.
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/birth-control/in-depth/birth-control-pill/art-20045136
Should I choose medical (RU 486) or surgical abortion?

Gestational age, (how far along you are in your pregnancy),  may determine which option you choose.  An ultrasound will determine gestational age.  Click here to read more about the different abortion procedures.

I’m not 18 years old yet, does a parent have to come with me for my appointment?

No.  Even though you are still a minor, you have the right to confidential help.

What do you mean that your services are confidential?

Confidential means that we can’t release your records or any information about your appointment or situation to any person or organization without written authorization for you.  It also means that our name does not show up if we need to call you and that we don’t leave a voicemail on your phone without your permission. We understand that privacy is important in your situation, and we have taken all the steps necessary to ensure your safety and privacy. The only exception is where we are required by law regarding mandatory reporting of cases where there is physical or sexual abuse of a minor, or suicide risk.

Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?

Of course. Important people in your life such as spouses, boyfriends, friends or family members are welcomed at appointments. We may simply ask them to step out for parts of the medical history or testing.

Do I need to bring anything with me to my appointment?

Please bring a form of photo ID.

Do I need to bring any form of payment or insurance?

No. All of our services are free of charge, no payment or insurance required.

Our appointments are confidential.  Every year we help hundreds of women facing unplanned pregnancies, and understand the importance of privacy.

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