How do I know if I am pregnant?

If you have had unprotected sex or experienced a failure of birth control and are having symptoms such as a late or missed period, tender or swollen breasts, fatigue, food cravings, aversions or nausea, you may be pregnant.

Your first step in confirming your pregnancy is to receive a lab-quality pregnancy test followed up by an obstetrical ultrasound. We offer these tests and more free of charge at Ivy Women’s Center.

When should I take a pregnancy test?

When you become pregnant, your body will begin to produce the pregnancy hormone, known as hCG. It may take up to a week after a missed period for your body to produce enough of this hormone to be detected by a home pregnancy test. The best time to take a pregnancy test and obtain the most accurate results is 1-2 weeks after a missed period.

Why is it important to be tested for an STD while pregnant?

Left untreated, an STD can carry serious health risks, especially through a pregnancy. Regardless of the decisions you make about your pregnancy, it’s important to be tested and treated if an infection is present. This testing and treatment will help to prevent conditions such as Pelvic Inflammatory Disease and other serious complications to your long term reproductive health. Testing is quick and convenient, taking place during the same appointment as your consultation.

Will my insurance company be billed for my appointment?

No. All of our services are free of charge, so there is no need to contact your insurance company. We value and respect your privacy, so no information will ever be shared with anyone without your permission.

Is abortion legal in Ohio?

Yes. Abortion is legal in Ohio with the following restrictions, which are in place for the protection and safety of women:

  • Women must receive state-mandated counseling at least 24 hours prior to having an abortion procedure.
  • FDA protocols must be followed when providing a chemical abortion (aka the abortion pill)
  • Parental consent is required for minors prior to an abortion
  • Women must receive an ultrasound prior to an abortion
  • Abortion is currently legal in Ohio up to 20 weeks. A temporary restraining order has been issued on the “Heartbeat Law” which was previously passed in Ohio and restricted abortion access once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Can I order the abortion pill online in Ohio?

Ohio state law requires a consultation and ultrasound prior to any abortion procedure, including the abortion pill. It also requires a prescription from a licensed physician. This law is in place to protect women from potentially harmful or ineffective pills ordered online, to ensure that the pregnancy is not ectopic and that the abortion pill is taken within the correct window of time during the pregnancy.

Is it important to have an ultrasound?

Once a positive result is received on your lab-quality pregnancy test, the next step is to have a limited ultrasound. An ultrasound is not only required if you are considering an abortion, but it will also reveal important information about the pregnancy that is crucial to your health and safety. It will also help determine what type of abortion procedure is available to you.

How much do your services cost?

Our services are always free of charge. We know an unplanned pregnancy means unexpected expenses and stress. Receiving answers and the pregnancy testing and care you need shouldn’t be part of those expenses. Our services include medical grade pregnancy testing, limited obstetrical ultrasound, STD testing and treatment and options consultations. We are able to offer all of these services for free because of a community of sponsors who are committed to providing safe access to reproductive health care that women deserve.

Can I bring a friend to the appointment with me?

Yes! You are welcome to bring a friend, partner, parent or anyone else you would like to have there for support with you.

Do you provide STD testing?

Yes. As part of our pregnancy health services, we provide free testing and treatment for the most common STDs.

What if I don’t know my next steps?

An unexpected pregnancy and the choices that come along with it can be a lot to take in. It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. We are here to help. After a positive on a pregnancy test and an ultrasound, we will offer a free, confidential, and unbiased consultation to help you understand all of your options and navigate the next steps in your journey. The testing, education, and support you will receive will empower you with the confidence you need to make the best choices for yourself.