Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I know if I’m pregnant?

According to the Mayo Clinic, many of the following symptoms can be an indicator that you may be pregnant:

  • Missed period. If you’re in your childbearing years and a week or more has passed without the start of an expected menstrual cycle, you might be pregnant. However, this symptom can be misleading if you have an irregular menstrual cycle.
  • Tender, swollen breasts. Early in pregnancy hormonal changes might make your breasts sensitive and sore. The discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts to hormonal changes.
  • Nausea with or without vomiting. Morning sickness, which can strike at any time of the day or night, often begins one month after you become pregnant. However, some women feel nausea earlier and some never experience it. While the cause of nausea during pregnancy isn’t clear, pregnancy hormones likely play a role.
  • Increased urination. You might find yourself urinating more often than usual. The amount of blood in your body increases during pregnancy, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid that ends up in your bladder.
  • Fatigue. Fatigue also ranks high among early symptoms of pregnancy. During early pregnancy, levels of the hormone progesterone soar — which might make you feel sleepy.

If you notice any of these symptoms, you might be pregnant. While missing a period and other symptoms may be an indicator of pregnancy, it is not a guarantee. Even at-home pregnancy tests can show a positive result even though you are NOT pregnant. At Rockville Women’s Center we offer medical-grade pregnancy testing to accurately determine if you are pregnant. If the test is positive we can help determine the gestational age and viability of the pregnancy with a limited ultrasound. Our ultrasound provides you with important information on the development of the pregnancy and gives vital details needed to determine all of the options available to you. If you think you may be pregnant please contact us and we can help you.

Do you offer free pregnancy testing?

Yes, we offer medical-grade pregnancy testing to accurately determine if you are pregnant.

How much do you charge for a visit?

All of the services we offer at RWC are provided at no cost. Because we do not charge for our services, our patients can feel confident that the information we provide is factual and unbiased. We are proud to be able to provide free services to our patients. 

What can I expect at my initial visit?

At your initial visit, you will meet with a Patient Advocate who will take important information down to get to know you and help us better serve you. Next, you will meet with a nurse who will ask you questions about your medical history with a focus on your sexual and reproductive health. The nurse will also explain the type of tests that we will perform during your visit and answer any questions that you may have. You will provide us with a urine sample which the nurse will use to perform a pregnancy test and an STD test (Chlamydia and Gonorrhea only). If the pregnancy test we perform is positive, we will then offer an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and determine how far along you are. After confirmation of the pregnancy, the nurse will discuss your options, potential risks, and side effects. If additional care is needed, we will provide you with a customized list of medical and/or community support referrals. We will schedule an additional appointment with you within one week to go over test results.

Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?

Yes, you are welcome to bring someone with you to your appointment. We understand how important it is to have support during this uncertain time.

Do you offer STD testing?

Yes, at RWC we can provide you with free limited STD/STI testing. The best way to prevent an STD/STI is regular testing and early detection. Early detection lowers to risk of developing health consequences like Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) and other reproductive health problems.

Is it possible to be pregnant and have an STD?

Yes, it is possible to be pregnant and have an STD. If you think you may be pregnant, it is important that you get tested for an active STD/STI. At RWC we can provide you with free limited STI/STD testing.

Will my visit be confidential?

Yes. We value your privacy and we will take every precaution to protect your identity. Our entrance does not face Parklawn Dr. which allows for discreet entering and exiting to protect your privacy.

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