If your period is late, you’re likely worried that there’s a possibility you’re pregnant. Whatever you’re thinking and feeling right now, it’s understandable. However, it’s important to take a deep breath and realize that there are steps you can take to get answers.

This article will highlight strategies for moving forward. Or, if you want to talk to someone in person about what you’re going through, contact Bright Hope Pregnancy Support Centers today to schedule a free, confidential appointment. 

Take a Pregnancy Test

Taking a pregnancy test is an essential first step right now. At-home pregnancy tests work by detecting human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. You will receive a positive result if you’re pregnant and your hCG levels are high enough to be detectable. 

I Received a Negative Pregnancy Test Result but Still No Period.

If you receive a negative pregnancy test result, this doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not pregnant. You may have received a false negative, which is when you’re pregnant, but your hCG levels are still too low to detect.

If this happens and you still haven’t had your period a week later, try testing again. If you’re pregnant, your hCG levels will rise rapidly in the coming weeks, and sometimes, one day can make all the difference between a false or positive pregnancy test result.

I Received a Positive Pregnancy Test Result. Now What?

If your pregnancy test result was positive, this is only the first step in confirming a potential pregnancy. The next step is to get an ultrasound. 

Ultrasound is a scan that will confirm your pregnancy (by ensuring there are signs of life, like a heartbeat) as well as your pregnancy’s location and gestational age—all essential details to know when thinking about how to move forward.

You’re Not Alone in This

Worrying about the possibility of being pregnant can make it feel like your world has turned upside down. But you’re not alone in this. We’re here to help.

Whether you’re looking for free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, or information about your pregnancy options, we’ve got you covered. Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.