pregnancy test

Quick, friendly, PSA! Recently had unprotected sex or contraception failure? Having a pregnancy scare?

Emergency Contraceptives:

  • First things first, you can take plan be up to 5 days after having unprotected sex (it’s better to take it within the first 72hours, but it can still work.) Plan B can be a bit expensive so try looking up a local sexual health clinic, they should be able to sell you this product for much cheaper! Also, if by chance you don’t live by a sexual health clinic, here’s a coupon for Plan B.
  • *For those who are overweight or nearing the 5 day mark, you may want to try Ella, but you will need a prescription for it. [x] But don’t worry, prescriptions for Ella are offered online!

Pregnancy Testing:

  • Let’s say you take an emergency contraceptive or maybe you’re unable to get your hands on some and you’re still worried that you may be pregnant, your best option is to test for a pregnancy.
  • The quicker the better, so I highly recommend finding a clinic, or free clinic, and having a blood test done. Blood tests can detect HCG levels (a hormone produced during pregnancy) 6-8 days after ovulation. (Sperm can live inside the vagina for up to 3-5 days, so if you ovulate within those 3-5 days and do become pregnant, HCG levels will start to appear about 9-13 days after sexual intercourse. Again, these HCG levels will be really low so only a blood test would be able to pick them up.)
  •  If you do not have insurance or have a free clinic in your area, you’ll have to wait until 6 days before your projected missed period to take the at-home pregnancy, First Response (first response can be a bit pricey, but there’s a coupon in the link too!)
  • If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to First Response, you’ll need to wait a few days after you’ve already missed your period to take other at-home pregnancy test (at this point your HCG levels will be high enough for them to detect.) Pregnancy tests can be bought at the dollar store for cheap and work just as well as the ones used in clinics!
  • Another option is getting a pregnancy test at a sexual health clinic, in my experience, they are usually done for free. Also, for more accurate results, taking pregnancy tests in the morning are recommended!

If the test comes up positive, I am happy to help you out in any way and give you some resources you may need for whichever option you may decide. Stay strong loves, and I hope this helps!

Will a trans man’s testosterone therapy make a home pregnancy test inaccurate?

Someone asked us:

Since a transman can still get pregnant while on testosterone (even though the chance is slim), can he still use a home pregnancy test? Or will his hormones affect the results and give a false negative/positive or something?

Don’t worry. The pregnancy test would still be accurate. Pregnancy tests only test for the presence of a specific hormone in the body: Human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). HCG is a hormone that’s produced after a fertilized egg has implanted into the wall of the uterus. So taking “T” will not interfere with pregnancy tests.

If a trans man gets a positive pregnancy test, he should talk to his health care provider about his options, as testosterone could have an effect on the pregnancy.

-Mylanie at Planned Parenthood

Can I get the abortion pill if I think I’m pregnant?

Someone asked us:

If I had unprotected sex took the day after pill but still haven’t gotten my period can I go to my health clinic and request for an abortion pill even though I’m not 100% positive of being pregnant?

It was smart of you to take emergency contraception. The morning-after pill is safe and effective, and can prevent pregnancy up to 5 days after unprotected sex. One of the possible side effects is a change in your next period — it being earlier or later than usual, or heavier or lighter than usual. If you don’t get your period within 3 weeks of taking emergency contraception, then it’s time to take some next steps.

A doctor or nurse can’t give you the abortion pill unless they know for sure that you’re pregnant. So you’ll have to visit a health center and take a pregnancy test first. In most states, the abortion pill can only be taken before your pregnancy reaches 9 weeks. If you’re past 9 weeks, you can still get an in-clinic abortion.

The doctors and nurses Planned Parenthood will help you figure out if you’re pregnant and can walk you through all of your options. You can also buy a pregnancy test at the drugstore and take it at home. Pregnancy tests are most effective if you take it after you miss your period. Make an appointment to visit your local health center here.

I hope that helps!

-Chelsea @ Planned Parenthood