OPERATIONAL QUESTIONS

How can you offer your services for free?

Valley Pregnancy Center is a non-profit, state-licensed medical facility. The majority of our medical professionals and office staff are volunteers interested in partnering with us to bring quality care at no cost to our clients. Tax-deductible donations support our operating expenses.

How Much do your services cost?

All of our services are free and confidential.

What services do you offer?
  • Free pregnancy tests
  • Information on pregnancy options
  • Ultrasound Obstetrical Imaging
  • On-going counsel and support
  • Counsel for parents and significant others
  • Earn While You Learn program
    (Baby clothes, diapers, formula, etc.)
  • Monthly pre-natal classes
  • Community-assistance referrals
  • Post-Abortion recovery groups

Medical Questions:Late period

What happens if the pregnancy test is positive?

Valley Pregnancy Center offers diagnostic ultrasound for every positive pregnancy test to confirm a viable (developing), intrauterine (in the uterus) pregnancy. If the pregnancy test is positive, you will be scheduled for an ultrasound examination to determine fetal viability. In many cases, the ultrasound can be performed during the same visit. If fetal viability is not established, then you are a candidate with a high probability of miscarrying. Miscarriage is your body’s natural way of ending a pregnancy. According the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), an estimated 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will naturally end in a miscarriage.

I’m worried that I could have recently gotten pregnant. How soon after having sex can your test tell me if I’m pregnant?

Valley Pregnancy Center utilizes laboratory-quality urine tests. The test is labeled to be more than 98% accurate. It can detect the pregnancy hormone, hCG, as early as 7 to 10 days after conception, depending on your individual hormone level and amount of dilution in your urine. The test is completely free.

Can I be pregnant and have my period?

Pregnant women can have some light irregular bleeding during pregnancy, but it should not be like a “normal” period. Some women can confuse this for their period because often it can come right around the time she was expecting her normal period. The irregular bleeding or spotting that can occur during pregnancy is often a dark brown color or a light pinkish. It should not be enough bleeding to continuously require pads or tampons.

My period is late and I think I might be pregnant. What other symptoms can you experience with pregnancy?

If you have missed at least one period, you may be pregnant. The other signs of early pregnancy can include nausea and/or vomiting, tender and enlarged breasts, frequent urination, fatigue and increased vaginal discharge. You may get tired with activity more than usual. The only sure way to know is by having a pregnancy test. Valley Pregnancy Center offers you free and confidential pregnancy tests.

Medical Questions:Abortion

How is it possible that I may not need an abortion?

According the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), an estimated 10-25% of all clinically recognized pregnancies will naturally end in a miscarriage1.  Valley Pregnancy Center offers diagnostic ultrasound for every positive pregnancy test to confirm a viable (developing), intrauterine (in the uterus) pregnancy. If the pregnancy test is positive, you will be scheduled for an ultrasound examination to determine fetal viability. In many cases, the ultrasound can be performed during the same visit. If fetal viability is not established, then you are a candidate with a high probability of miscarrying. Miscarriage is your body’s natural way of ending a pregnancy.    References: 1) American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Induced Abortion, 2001

I’m thinking about having an abortion. How much will it hurt?

The pain of a surgical abortion is very individual, depending on a woman’s pain tolerance and the types/amounts of anesthesia or pain medications used during the procedure. Pain also varies depending on the weeks of gestation (age of the embryo or fetus). The typical pain most women describe involves intense cramps and sharp, poking pains, as well as a pulling or tearing sensation in the pelvis. That’s the physical side. The mental, emotional and spiritual pain may last a lifetime.

I just did a home pregnancy test and it was positive. My period is almost 2 weeks late, Can I get a medical abortion?

Medical abortion can be performed up to 49 days into a pregnancy (this is about 3 weeks late for an average 28-day menstrual cycle). Medical abortions usually involve the use of RU-486, a drug combination that disrupts the lining of the uterus and destroys the attachment of the early human embryo. It will cause intense cramps in order for your body to expel the embryonic/fetal tissues. This process resembles the symptoms of a miscarriage, with pain and bleeding. A percentage of women will also need surgical intervention for persistent bleeding or in cases where the embryo/fetus is not completely expelled.

What are the risks of abortion?

The risks for any surgery are hemorrhaging (bleeding) and infection. Additional risks of surgical abortion include:

  • Excessive bleeding;
  • Infection of the uterus;
  • Infection of the fallopian tubes which can cause scarring and infertility;
  • Puncture or perforation of the uterus;
  • Scarring of the uterine lining (suction tubing, curettes, and other abortion instruments may cause permanent scarring of the uterine lining);
  • Damage to the cervix creating complications with future pregnancies;
  • Incomplete removal of the fetus, placenta or contents of the uterus;
  • And, in rare circumstances, death.

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