FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1) I’ve already done a pregnancy test. Why should I come in and be tested with you?

The pregnancy tests offered by our center are lab-quality, high-sensitivity urine tests with instant results. These tests are accurate as early as 7 to 10 days after conception, usually before a missed period.

At our center, pregnancy tests are generally up to 99% accurate and:

  • are done in a private setting
  • results will be known during your appointment
  • can usually be taken before you miss your period

A positive urine pregnancy test suggests a pregnancy, but should always be confirmed by a physician or with an ultrasound.

2) I am 16.  Does a parent have to come with me for my appointment?

No, you may come in alone. Even though you are a minor, you have the right to confidential help, except in those cases where mandatory reporting applies, such as suicide risk. We can’t provide your records to any person without written authorization from you.

3) What do you mean that I “may not need an abortion”? How can you tell?

Approximately 1 in 5 of all pregnancies end naturally, therefore they are not viable.

We recommend an ultrasound to check for viability. Let us refer you to a medical facility that will (a) not charge you a fee for the ultrasound, and (b) not put you under any obligation when receiving the ultrasound.

4) I had sex last night and I think the condom broke. Can I come in today for a pregnancy test?

We understand your anxiety and are here for you. Pregnancy tests are sensitive to the hormones in your body that increase during the first week of conception—generally detected after 7 days. Call today for an appointment.

5) Can I just come in whenever or do I need an appointment?

We want to make sure we have a special time set aside to talk with you, so it’s usually best to have an appointment. However, if you are unable to make an appointment, you may stop in.

6) Can I bring someone with me?

Absolutely. It’s important to have the support of friends or family during an uncertain time.

7) Do I need to bring anything with me to an appointment?

Bring a photo ID. We will complete an intake form with you, but no insurance is required and all services are free.

8) Will Alternatives Pregnancy Center tell anyone that I came in for a pregnancy test?

Any and all information shared with us will be kept in the strictest confidence except as required by law or as required for the protection of yourself or others. We’ll do everything we can to protect your privacy.

9) I think I’m pregnant, but I’m on the pill. What should I do?

It is rare but possible to get pregnant on the pill. You will need to take a lab quality urine test, and if it is positive, you will want to confirm pregnancy with your physician or an ultrasound.

10) How can I go see a doctor if I don’t have any insurance?

Alternatives Pregnancy Center will help you access the resources you need for your pregnancy including insurance through Mass Health.

11) What does “post abortion help” mean?

The process of recovering from an abortion is different for everyone. We offer support for women who have terminated one or more pregnancies, whether it was a recent abortion or many years ago. You can receive help in a group setting or one-on-one.

12.) If I’ve already had an abortion, what can you do to help me?

Many women, and even men, have come to Alternatives Pregnancy Center for support after an abortion. We are here to help you no matter what choices you have made in the past—we understand the pressures that can lead to an abortion. We see pregnancy and pregnancy loss in a holistic way—impacting body, mind, and spirit.  It isn’t easy to find someone who will take your concerns seriously.  At Alternatives you will have someone to talk with and explore steps to healing.

13.) How do I know if I’ve been exposed to an STD?

If you’ve been sexually intimate orally, anally, or vaginally, you may have put yourself at risk for an STD. It’s really that simple. Since there are many types of STD’s, it is important that you be tested regularly.

14.) Can a condom protect me from an STD/STI?

Condoms can only reduce the chance of infection with STDs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Herpes and HPV are found on the external genitalia; areas condoms don’t cover. The only guaranteed protection from these two STDs is refraining from any genital to genital, or oral to genital, contact.

15.) Can I get the morning-after pill at Alternatives Pregnancy Center?

Alternatives Pregnancy Center can provide you with information about emergency contraception, however we do not offer the morning-after pill, or Plan B.

16.) Can I get an abortion at Alternatives Pregnancy Center?

Alternatives Pregnancy Center does not perform abortions or refer for them. A pregnancy center works to help a woman find positive solutions to her unplanned pregnancy that do not risk her emotional or physical health.  We do not pressure you or coerce you into any decision.  Your long-term physical, emotional and spiritual well-being is our utmost priority.