Are you thinking about scheduling a free pregnancy test at Birthright? Here’s how to prepare.
Think about timing
So you’ve scheduled yourself an appointment for a free pregnancy test. Or maybe you are coming for a walk-in appointment. Either way, one of the the first questions we will ask you is the date of your last period. If the pregnancy test is positive, the date of your last menstrual cycle will be used to determine how far along the pregnancy is – which will dictate what kind of options are available to you.
If the test is negative, any dates or information relating to your cycle you can provide us with may also help us determine whether we should schedule you for a follow up appointment to confirm the negative result.
For example, a test taken before a missed period may produce a false-negative result. This is because your body may not have enough of the HCG pregnancy hormone yet for the test to detect. According to the Mayo Clinic, a pregnancy test taken after the first day of a missed period will help ensure the most accurate results.
However, we know it can be hard to wait that long for an answer! Feel free to schedule a free pregnancy test with us before your missed period. If needed we will schedule you for a re-test the following week.
Think about support
Before your appointment, reflect on whether there is someone supportive willing to come with you. We want you to feel as comfortable as possible for your appointment. If there is a friend, parent, sibling or partner you would like to have there, please bring them along. Coming by yourself is okay too.
Whether you come alone or with a friend, our Birthright client advocates will provide you with a calming and non-judgmental experience no matter the situation.
How will you get to the office? Our office is located at 112 South High Street in the heart of downtown West Chester, Pennsylvania. We are just a 10-minute walk from West Chester University.
We are also a 7-minute walk from the West Chester Transportation Center which is accessible to many SEPTA bus routes. You can use SEPTA’s trip planner to start figuring out your route options.
Want to make an appointment but don’t have a way of getting to our office? We may be able to help. Contact us to make arrangements.
We Care About You
The most important thing to do before your appointment is to simply remember that we care. All of our services are free. You do not need to bring any form of payment or insurance with you. We want what’s best for you and this appointment is the first step in getting there.