Suspecting a pregnancy, especially when it’s untimely or unplanned, can be nerve-wracking. One of the first questions that may come up after a positive pregnancy test is “how far along am I? Knowing your pregnancy’s age can be very important, both personally and medically. It can be the deciding factor for many decisions regarding your pregnancy. It can determine which abortive procedure is available, identify when the pregnancy began, and when it would end. All of this information is vital to making an informed decision, and we want to make sure you have the answers you want and need to make the best decision for you. We can help ease the burden by walking through the process and make sure you have all of the facts.
How Does Conception Work?
Conception isn’t a simple and immediate process. It occurs over several days, in fact, the actual day of conception may not be clear. Doctors calculate the beginning of pregnancy from the first day of your last period, which is typically 2 weeks before conception happens. It starts with the release of eggs into the fallopian tube where they stay for about 24 hours. If the egg isn’t fertilized, it disintegrates, your hormones go back to normal and your period begins. However, if it is fertilized, the pregnancy process begins.
Am I Pregnant?
Even after taking a pregnancy test, it’s important to have a sonogram as well. A positive pregnancy test result cannot confirm pregnancy, only a sonogram can. At our no-cost consultation, you will receive a medical-grade pregnancy test and a sonogram to confirm and date your pregnancy.
What Day Did I Conceive?
While a sonogram can give your pregnancy an age, it cannot tell the exact day you became pregnant. Implantation takes time to occur which means the conception date cannot be pinpointed to one day. It is often estimated within a few days.
What Are My First Steps?
As we mentioned, a positive pregnancy test is your first step followed by a sonogram. We highly recommend receiving an STD screening for the two most common STD, Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, if you are considering abortion as an option. During an abortive procedure, the uterus is opened which allows for the spread of infected STD cells to travel into the uterus. These infected cells can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and lead to a lifetime struggle with reproductive health.
At Rockville Women’s Center, we provided confidential care to women in and around the DC area facing an unexpected pregnancy. We offer no-cost pre-abortion consultations to help inform and arm women with all the information they need to help them confidently make the right choice for their life. We believe in providing the best service, unbiased information, and compassionate care to ensure every woman feels comfortable and confident in their decision. To schedule a no-cost consultation, make an appointment.