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Pregnancy Testing: Seeing is Believing

Shocked. Surprised. Disbelief. These could be things you’re feeling if you think you might be pregnant unexpectedly. It may not be enough to simply hear your doctor tell you the results of a test. Your logical side offers reassurance that a medical professional knows exactly the right testing method and how to read the results. But your heart and emotions could be having trouble accepting the truth. You need to actually see the pregnancy test results to believe it’s real.

If you think you might be experiencing an unexpected pregnancy, help is not far if you live in the Chicagoland area. Avenue Women’s Center offers free, medical-grade pregnancy tests that are accurate just 10 days after possible conception. Our private pregnancy consultations also allow you to discuss your results with an expert client advocate. We care about providing you with a confidential and understanding space to learn more about your pregnancy and your options. Call, text, chat, or email us to make your free appointment today!

Even the thought of an unexpected pregnancy can be jolting. Facing this possibility with a test will make the experience real. And that reality can rattle and reshape everything you know and all that you hoped for ahead. There is no shame in the dismay that could be coursing through you. If you need to see to believe, you aren’t alone. Many people share in the need to witness something for themselves before they believe it’s true.

Think of all the far-fetched stories you’ve heard others tell. Despite how much they swear it’s the truth or how real their experiences seem to them, you just can’t bring yourself to believe in their story. Even if it’s something completely plausible, it may seem more like an exaggeration or stretch of the truth to you.

Maybe it’s the wise words of someone trying to warn you or offer you advice. You might think to yourself, “That’ll never happen to me.” Especially if you learn about a friend or family member becoming pregnant at a young age or unexpectedly at a tough stage in life. Until you find yourself in their shoes, and you’re suddenly going through a similar unplanned pregnancy experience. Even if you hear the news from a health care professional, you still exclaim, “I don’t believe this is real!” You may need to see a pregnancy test result for yourself to let reality sink in.

It’s possible that you’re still skeptical even if you’re reading a positive home pregnancy test result right in front of you. (If you’re anything like me—you take more than one test and still stare down in shock!) Your willful gaze can’t change the results or make any possibly faint lines clearer to read. You might not trust that you took the test correctly or at the right time, “Is it too early to tell?”

The uncertainty of a positive pregnancy result might be lingering inside you. Don’t let disbelief and fear guide you away from learning the truth. Finding out for sure can help you take the next steps as you consider your pregnancy options. Reach out for help as you face the potential of an unexpected pregnancy.

If you need to see to believe, Avenue Women’s Center offers free pregnancy tests with accurate results you can trust. Clients are able to see test results for themselves in a private and confidential setting. Our client advocates will walk you through the pregnancy test process to ensure you understand your results and your pregnancy options. When you make an appointment at Avenue, you’ll receive nonjudgmental and compassionate support as you face a possible pregnancy decision.

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.