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Why Do I Need a Pregnancy Test?

Are you worried that you’re pregnant after having unprotected sex? It’s still possible to get pregnant, even when using protection. Maybe you missed your period and now, all kinds of questions and fears are racing through your mind. Take a pregnancy test to know for sure.

It’s important to find out if you really are pregnant. Stress and other life circumstances could cause your body to show pregnancy symptoms when you aren’t actually pregnant. Also, something could have affected your cycle, causing you to have an irregular period. If you are pregnant, it’s important to confirm it right away to move forward.

Confirm if You’re Pregnant or Not

A pregnancy test is the first step in knowing if you are pregnant or not. We know this might be nerve-racking, but it can give you an answer. A pregnancy test is scientific, detecting the amount of hCG pregnancy hormone in your urine. At-home tests are typically accurate, but many factors can impact your results. So, confirm with a free, lab-quality pregnancy test at Avenue Women’s Center today. 

Pregnancy Symptoms can be Misleading

Maybe you’re experiencing multiple pregnancy symptoms, and you have come to your own conclusion that you’re pregnant. Even with symptoms, you might not be pregnant.

There could be a number of reasons you’re experiencing pregnancy symptoms without being pregnant. One could be having high levels of stress and hormonal changes. High-stress symptoms similar to pregnancy symptoms include:

  • Missed period
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Moodiness
  • Low energy

When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

The pregnancy hormone, hCG, can be accurately detected at least one week after your missed period. At this point, your body has had enough time to produce a detectable amount of hCG for it to show up on the test. 

Schedule an appointment for a pregnancy test at one of our center locations today! At Avenue Women’s Center, all of our services are free and confidential. We can help you navigate your next pregnancy steps if you do receive a positive pregnancy test. 

You are not alone.



  • Mayo Clinic. (2019, May). Symptoms of Pregnancy, What Happens First. Retrieved from:

Reviewed by Patricia Kuenzi, APN-CNP, MSN, ANP, PNP.

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.