Can I Tell If I am Pregnant Before a Missed Period?

Possibly the most stressful thing you’ll face as an adult woman is waiting for your period to come. You may be constantly googling the “symptoms” of pregnancy in hopes there’s no reason behind your stomach looking bigger or your sudden lack of energy. But rest assured, no matter what these blog posts and magazine articles tell you, your body is most likely playing tricks on you. There are sometimes ways your body tells you you’re pregnant, but the only way to know for sure is by taking a test, simply because everyone’s body is different.

When should you take the first test? While you may not like waiting, the best, most accurate pregnancy test results occur after a period is missed.

Late Periods and Other Unreliable Sources

Sometimes the “symptoms” of being a woman in everyday life can be mistaken for pregnancy because these “symptoms” trigger similar reactions within your body.

Bloat: Oftentimes, if your stomach looks like it has grown, or if you’re feeling cramped in the lower abdominal area, it could easily be bloat from diet or an impending period. You usually won’t see growth in your stomach from pregnancy for at least a few months, especially if it’s your first pregnancy.

Tiredness: There are those who say feelings of exhaustion mean you’re pregnant. Even though many women experience fatigue during pregnancy, low energy levels could be the result of anything from stress to physical activity to late nights. 

Late periods: Periods can be unpredictable, and your cycle can change on a dime for a multitude of reasons, so it’s not always a strong indication of pregnancy if it is late or missed. Periods can be thrown off by anything from dietary and daily routine changes to stress and intense exercise.

The Only Reliable Way to Know

As scary and intimidating as it is, the only “good” way to tell whether or not you’re pregnant is by getting a test done. As stated before, pregnancy tests are more accurate if you have, at least, missed your period. Thus, if you’ve missed a period, it’s time to take a test. However, even with positive test results, it’s still possible to have a pregnancy that is not progressing (viable). If pregnancy is not what you see in your future, make an appointment at Willowbrook Women’s Center where you can take a lab-quality test and receive information about your options. If your pregnancy test is positive, you may qualify for an ultrasound. Our website is a good place for you to learn some of the basics of pregnancy testing and how you can go about it discreetly and with your own best interest at heart.

It’s easy to go into panic mode when your period is late or hasn’t arrived yet and your body is giving you signs that are making you suspicious. Come to Willowbrook Women’s Center for a no-cost pregnancy screening. We’re here to help you take the first step. You don’t need to stress and scramble. Instead, come to a place where you will feel empowered to take the best step for you. Contact us today with any questions.


Are There Risks When Taking the RU486 Pill?

If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, you are probably feeling like your world has been turned upside down, and it’s hard to know what to do or who to talk to. Often the first thought is about abortion, and you might be wondering what the risks are when taking the RU486 pill, also known as the abortion pill.

About Medical Abortion

Medical abortion is the procedure that uses the RU486 (abortion) pill to terminate a pregnancy using two drugs, Mifepristone and Misoprostol.

Mifepristone is the first pill taken, and it blocks progesterone, a hormone necessary for the embryo to remain attached inside the uterus. Misoprostol, the second pill taken, stimulates contractions to expel the pregnancy.

The pills are taken on separate days, and the abortion can take several days to complete, followed by two to three weeks of bleeding and spotting. A follow-up visit one to two weeks later is a crucial step to help avoid some of the risks associated with the pills.

Risks When Taking RU486

Failure or Incomplete Abortion: Medical abortion failure means the pregnancy was unresponsive to the drugs and can result in heavy bleeding, hemorrhage, anemia, and/or a drop in blood pressure. This requires a second procedure—a surgical abortion—in order to complete a failed medical abortion; otherwise, the pregnancy could continue.

Infection: Infection and sepsis are risks associated with the abortion pill and, together with hemorrhage, are the most frequent causes of illness and death due to mifepristone. This can occur due to pregnancy tissue remaining in the uterus.

Severe Pain: This is due to the uterine cramping generated by the Misoprostol pill. This pain is both necessary and expected as the pregnancy leaves the woman’s body.

Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea: These can occur but are generally mild.

Damage to the Uterus: Misoprostol has been reported to cause rupturing or tearing of the uterus when RU486 is administered after the eighth week of pregnancy. This can cause severe bleeding, the need for a hysterectomy, or death.

Come for a No-Cost Screening

At Willowbrook Women’s Center, we know how hard an unwanted pregnancy is for you. We are here to offer you a variety of services, including a no-cost pregnancy test to confirm your at-home results, a no-cost ultrasound to tell you how far along you are and if your pregnancy is viable, and STD testing at no cost to you as well.

Just as important as the screening is our confidential, non-judgmental environment. We are here to support you, to empower you, answer your questions, and to give you the critical information you need so that you can make the best possible decision for you.

Let us help you. Call Willowbrook Women’s Center today and make an appointment to come see us.