Many pregnant women thinking about getting an early ultrasound have questions. We want to answer your questions so you know what to expect.

A few things to know about early ultrasound scans:

  • Ultrasounds at Phoenix Women’s Clinic are $30, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE.
  • Ultrasounds are safe
  • We can help you prepare – and you do not have to go alone
  • How early ultrasounds work and what they look like
  • Common reasons for an early ultrasound
  • You do not need insurance. We are here to support you. We keep your information completely confidential and do not profit from any decision you make.

If you have more questions after reading this article, we would love to talk with you. Schedule an appointment with us, below.

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Thanks to our generous donors, we are able to provide you with a free ultrasound. You do not need insurance. We provide this as a service to you and your unborn baby. Our pregnancy center is a nonprofit organization, and we are here to support you. We keep your information completely confidential and do not profit from any decision you make. For more information about pregnancy centers, click here. (1)


When making a decision about your pregnancy we recommend an ultrasound to get confirmation of the dating of the pregnancy, placement of pregnancy, and viability (is the pregnancy progressing). This is also a great opportunity to have all your questions answered by a practitioner. The practitioner will review your health history and address your concerns.


We also want you to know that you do not have to come to your appointment alone. If you would like, you may bring your husband or boyfriend, a parent, or another supporter. It may be helpful for them to be aware of how things are developing with your pregnancy as well.


A fetal ultrasound, also called a sonogram, produces images of your baby in the womb by using high-frequency sound waves. 

Early ultrasounds are done in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy and show images of the baby’s early development stages. (3) Routine ultrasound images are typically black and white. They are usually somewhat fuzzy but are detailed enough to show us what we need to know about fetal growth. For this reason, it may not be easy for you to identify exactly what you are seeing on the screen. We’ll help you understand what we’re seeing and what it means. We will also give you the option of keeping a few printed images from the scan.

There are a few things you will notice when you look at the ultrasound screen. You will see a white image of your baby and umbilical cord, against a dark background. Your doctor will learn a lot of important information about your developing baby by observing these images.

For example, a 7-week old baby is just the size of a blueberry, but already has developed limb buds, outer ears, and nearly complete eyelids. At this stage, your baby also has an increased heart rate since the last week and cells that are developing muscles and a spinal column. (5)

We share more details about what we can learn together after we cover the two types of ultrasounds.


  • Confirm Pregnancy
  • Confirm Viability Of Pregnancy
  • Determine Gestational Age
  • And More

Vaginal Ultrasounds

Another type of ultrasound is transvaginal ultrasound. These are usually done for the early stages of pregnancy, or when the images from a transabdominal ultrasound are not quite clear enough. We do not provide this type of ultrasound, but it may be helpful to know about it because it is common.

For this procedure, your health care provider will likely ask you to change into a gown and undress from the waist down. Next, you will lie down on an examining table and place your feet in stirrups. 

For this process, your health care provider will use a small, slender scanner. The scanner is shaped like a wand. It is covered with a plastic sheath and lubricated before being placed into your vagina. The process is also about 20 minutes long and may cause some discomfort, but shouldn’t be painful. (3)

Both types of early ultrasounds are for early pregnancy, in your first trimester. To learn more about additional ultrasounds in the second trimester or third trimester of pregnancy, click here. (7)


One of the most common reasons for an early ultrasound is to confirm pregnancy. Other reasons include checking for more than one baby, and to determine your baby’s gestational age, viability, and location. Gestational age estimates the weeks of gestation to determine your baby’s due date.

Location is something we will look for, because in certain cases a baby may be developing outside the main cavity of the uterus. This is called an ectopic pregnancy. Most ectopic pregnancies are in the fallopian tube and you can learn more here.


Early limited ultrasound cannot determine your baby’s sex or diagnose abnormalities.

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Am I Pregnant?

Have you been experiencing bodily changes? Do you think you may be pregnant? This can be an exciting time but also a puzzling time. To add to the confusion, many pregnancy signs and symptoms can have causes unlinked to pregnancy.

At Phoenix Women’s Clinics we have compiled this list of questions to determine whether you may be pregnant. Please contact Phoenix Women’s Clinics if you have any other questions or would like to make an appointment for a free and confidential consultation.

Early signs of pregnancy tend to differ from one woman to the next. To understand if you may be pregnant, take a pregnancy test as soon as possible. Paying attention to early symptoms of pregnancy is important because these symptoms can start as early as your first month of pregnancy. With that in mind, consider these 10 questions about the early signs of pregnancy:

Have you missed a period?

A missed period is a common early sign of pregnancy. Many pregnant women begin seeking answers because they know they’re late for their next period. If your period is over a week late, you may consider this a possible indicator of pregnancy, and as other pregnancy symptoms start to appear, you may find that this symptom was the first you experienced. However, a late period may not be an accurate sign if you typically have irregular menstrual cycles, as you could simply have a late period that month.

If you are currently having your period, then it is most likely that you are not pregnant, as the lining of your uterus is shedding through blood it had stored up before ovulation. If it’s been more than a month since your last menstrual period, then you might be pregnant, as your endometrial lining could have, at that point, received a fertilized egg and is now working to support it. Tracking your period is not the only way to determine whether or not you’re pregnant, but this, along with a few other symptoms, tends to be a good indicator.

How do I track my period so I can know if I’m late?

One good method to track your period is to mark the calendar on the first day of your menstrual cycle. According to Women’s Health, a typical menstrual cycle lasts between 24 and 38 days (1). If you count 24 days after the first day of your last period, you will be able to estimate when your next period will begin. According to the Mayo Clinic, you’ll also experience an increase in basal body temperature when you are ovulating. If you track your temperature throughout your cycle, you should be able to track your period, which will appear 12-16 days after ovulation (2). There are also many apps available to help you with this, like Flo Period and Ovulation Tracker.

Have you been feeling frequently nauseous?

Nausea is another of the common early pregnancy symptoms in the first trimester and may or may not be accompanied by vomiting. Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is a common condition. It can occur any time during the day, even though it’s often called “morning sickness.” Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy usually doesn’t harm the fetus, but it can affect your life, including your ability to work or go about your normal everyday activities. There are safe treatment options that can make you feel better and keep your symptoms from getting worse. Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy usually starts before 9 weeks of pregnancy. For most women, it goes away by 14 weeks of pregnancy. For some women, it lasts for several weeks or months. For a few women, it lasts throughout the pregnancy. Some women feel nauseated for a short time each day and might vomit once or twice. In more severe cases, nausea lasts several hours each day and vomiting occurs more frequently. (3). The severity can differ from person to person. It isn’t totally clear what the cause is of morning sickness, but it may be due to hormonal changes.

My morning sickness is more than just the morning and has been constant through my pregnancy. When should I be concerned?

Morning sickness is a pregnancy symptom that can occur throughout your pregnancy, but the nausea is not solely confined to the morning. During pregnancy, you will have hormone changes in your body. An increase in the hormone HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, is thought to be a factor in causing morning sickness, which typically is a mild form of nausea. If, however, the nausea is intense and causes extreme, frequent vomiting, you may have hyperemesis gravidarum, which can lead to dehydration and rapid weight loss. According to Medline Plus, you should contact your doctor if frequent, intense vomiting continues, as this is one of the medical conditions that could require treatment and hospitalization (4).

Do you have swollen, tender breasts or nipples?

The American Pregnancy Association (APA) reports that this is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. “Changes to the breasts can start as early as 1 to 2 weeks after conception” (5). The APA also stated that about 17% of pregnant women surveyed reported breast changes as the first sign of pregnancy. This typically occurs in the early weeks of pregnancy but could occur up to four to six weeks in. Because of the increase in the amount of blood flow throughout this area, you may experience tingling, aching, and swelling/enlargement of the breast tissue, often leading to sore breasts. You may also notice the darkening of the areas surrounding the nipples. Once your body adjusts to your new hormonal changes, breast tenderness should subside.

What can I do to relieve some of this discomfort from breast changes?

According to Parents.com, when increased amounts of the hormone progesterone, along with estrogen and prolactin, are produced, milk glands inside your breasts begin to grow. This can become uncomfortable as these hormones expand your blood vessels to help raise the blood volume in your breasts. To help with the discomfort, wear a more supportive bra and looser clothing. Take warm showers, apply warm and cool compresses, and, if nothing else is helping, talk to your doctor about taking Tylenol (6).

Have you noticed spotting and cramping?

When the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus, this may cause light spotting and even mild cramping. WebMD calls this “implantation bleeding,” and it typically resembles a light period. This “occurs anywhere from 6 to 12 days after the egg is fertilized. The cramps resemble menstrual cramps, so some women mistake them and the bleeding for the start of their period.” However, there are some distinct differences. Some of the key differences include a smaller amount, shorter time, lighter color, and absence of clotting. The cramps pregnant women experience may seem similar to those during PMS. But implantation cramps are different—these cramps would be present even after you’ve missed your period. Other common early signs of pregnancy include leg cramping and back pain, typically in the lower back (7).

How long does spotting and cramping last through my pregnancy?

Light vaginal bleeding and cramping due to implantation bleeding typically only occur within the first trimester. According to Healthline, spotting can occur any time throughout your pregnancy, but for different reasons. Light bleeding in the first trimester is typical because of implantation and can occur all the way to the end of the first trimester. Throughout the second trimester, bleeding or vaginal discharge may occur if there is a problem with the cervix or placenta. If bleeding happens frequently, contact your healthcare provider. Spotting may also take place after having sex while pregnant. If bleeding happens in the third trimester of pregnancy and is accompanied by mucous, it may be a sign that labor is beginning (8).

Do you have headaches more frequently?

Headaches are so common that this alone is not necessarily considered one of the first signs of pregnancy. In this case, you may also be experiencing lightheadedness or dizziness due to hormonal changes in your body. You should consider them in conjunction with other pregnancy symptoms you’re experiencing.

Am I allowed to take painkillers to help with the headache pain?

The Mayo Clinic states that acetaminophen (Tylenol) is generally considered safe for a pregnant woman, though you should talk to your doctor before taking any medication. Other, non-medicinal methods to ease headache pain include managing your stress, including exercise in your daily routine, eating regularly, and following a consistent sleep schedule (9).

Are you experiencing strange food cravings and an increased appetite?

If you are pregnant, you may start to experience cravings for certain foods. Often, the foods you normally desire will not sound good to you. These food aversions and cravings may also be due to hormonal changes, along with changes in your senses. Your body is also working hard to build a new life, so of course, you’re experiencing an increased appetite! Be sure to fill up on healthy, pregnancy-approved snacks so your body will receive the energy it needs.

Will my cravings make me gain a lot of weight?

According to The Mother Baby Center, weight gain and increased appetite during your pregnancy are completely common and expected. Oftentimes, your cravings may be a signal that your body needs a certain type of nutrient, like iron. If you find yourself with an appetite that is out of control and cravings that are hard to handle, try eating satisfying, protein-heavy food that will keep you full longer. Be sure to drink plenty of water.

Are you going to the bathroom a lot?

With pregnancy, you may notice changes in your bladder sensitivity. This is a common pregnancy symptom and can be traced back to hormone changes, your growing uterus, and increased blood circulation to the pelvis. Because of these changes, you may find yourself making more frequent trips to the restroom.

Will my cravings make me gain a lot of weight?

According to The Mother Baby Center, weight gain and increased appetite during your pregnancy are completely common and expected. Oftentimes, your cravings may be a signal that your body needs a certain type of nutrient, like iron. If you find yourself with an appetite that is out of control and cravings that are hard to handle, try eating satisfying, protein-heavy food that will keep you full longer. Be sure to drink plenty of water.

Do you feel light-headed?

Healthline refers to several different methods to help with dizziness, including limiting long periods of standing, slowly changing positions from laying down or sitting to standing, frequently snacking, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding tight clothing (12).

Are you moody recently?

Sudden mood changes and fatigue are also attributable to hormonal changes. These changes could take place as early as the first month of pregnancy. This is because your body is producing a hormone called progesterone. This hormone supports pregnancy and is responsible for milk production in the breasts as well.

When will my moods feel stabilized again?

The American Pregnancy Association states that most women experience their most intense mood swings within the first 6-10 weeks of pregnancy, as this is when you experience the largest influx of hormones. Hormone levels usually stabilize through the second trimester, and then, during the third trimester, pick back up as your body prepares to give birth. Give yourself grace through these times. Be sure to eat a healthy diet, exercise, and talk to your loved ones. You’ll feel like yourself again before you know it (13). Just having someone to talk to can help with your emotional well-being. At Phoenix Women’s Clinics we are here to listen! Contact us to book a consultation.

Are you feeling fatigued?

“You may feel fatigue early and late in pregnancy,” according to the March of Dimes. “Your body may be tired because it’s working hard to take care of your growing baby. Your body is making pregnancy hormones and you’re using a lot of energy, even when you sleep. You may have trouble sleeping at night because you’re uncomfortable or you need to get up to go to the bathroom. Later in pregnancy, leg cramps may wake you up at night” (14). The good news is that such high levels of fatigue are particularly strong in the early stages of pregnancy and will likely subside after the first trimester and then fluctuate through the entire pregnancy.

Are you experiencing sensitivity to smell or a metallic taste in your mouth?

Though there may be little scientific consensus on these, they are some of the earliest signs of pregnancy. This heightened sense of smell may also be one of the causes of nausea, as is the metallic taste in your mouth.

What can I do to get rid of the metallic taste?

Due to a surge in estrogen, you may be experiencing a metallic taste in your mouth. To help combat this, BabyCenter recommends you eat tart, acidic foods, and gargle with saltwater or baking soda (16).

Have you been constipated or bloated?

This symptom can be very uncomfortable! If you’ve had fewer than three bowel movements in a week, you may be dealing with pregnancy constipation. Hormonal changes can be the culprit behind bloating and constipation.

How do I ease the bloating and constipation?

According to Medical News Today, this bloating and constipation is one of the symptoms of late pregnancy and often develops in the first trimester, and gets worse in the third trimester, as the baby takes up more space in your body. To help ease the symptoms, drink plenty of water, eat tiny, frequent meals, increase your fiber intake with foods like dried fruit and whole grains, and make sure you exercise a little each day (17).

Constipation is common near the end of pregnancy. Eating more foods with fiber can help fight constipation. Fiber is found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. You should aim for about 25 grams of fiber in your diet each day. Good sources of fiber include: apples, bananas, lentils, raspberries, split peas, and whole-wheat pasta (18).

Check the labels on packaged foods and choose higher-fiber options if possible. If you have not been getting your 25 grams a day, increase the amount of fiber you eat a little each day. Drink a lot of water as you increase your fiber intake.

Have you been experiencing increased heartburn?

This may affect more women in the later stages of pregnancy and is not really considered one of the signs of early pregnancy. However, it’s generally considered to stem from your increase in progesterone levels, so don’t rule it out, especially if it’s not something you normally experience.

What causes the heartburn and how can I stop it?

If you are pregnant, you may be experiencing several of these early pregnancy signs. However, it can be difficult to tell from symptoms alone. Another way to determine if you are pregnant is to take a home pregnancy test.

Often thought of as the best way to determine if you’re pregnant, home urine tests claim to be 99% accurate. There is a slight chance you receive a positive result, even though you aren’t pregnant, which is called a “false-positive.” A false-positive may result if the fertilized egg is no longer attached to the uterine lining or from side effects from fertility drugs or problems with your ovaries. There is also a chance for a false-negative result. This can happen if you take the urine test too early, if you use the home test kit incorrectly, or if you have diluted urine. If you would like a pregnancy test at Phoenix Women’s Clinics call us for a free and confidential consultation.

In order for the pregnancy home test to get an accurate reading, you have to have enough HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) in your urine. This is the hormone released by the cells surrounding the growing embryo, which allows your body to realize it is pregnant. Reading and following the directions precisely will reduce the possibility of false negatives occurring. Phoenix Women’s Clinics will give you a free and confidential clinical grade pregnancy test and limited ultrasound.

Bleeding in the first trimester happens in 15 to 25 in 100 pregnancies. Light bleeding or spotting can occur 1 to 2 weeks after fertilization when the fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus. The cervix may bleed more easily during pregnancy because more blood vessels are developing in this area. It is not uncommon to have spotting or light bleeding after sexual intercourse or after a Pap test or pelvic exam.

Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy has many causes. Some are serious and others are not. Bleeding can occur early or later in pregnancy. Bleeding in early pregnancy is common. In many cases, it does not signal a major problem. Bleeding later in pregnancy can be more serious. Contact your obstetrician–gynecologist (ob-gyn) if you have any bleeding at any time during pregnancy.

Problems that can cause bleeding in early pregnancy include infection, early pregnancy loss, and ectopic pregnancy. (20)

If you are pregnant, don’t wait until you see a health care provider to begin taking prenatal vitamins. These vitamins contain several essential nutrients for you and your baby’s health, including folic acid, vitamin D, and calcium.

We hope that these questions helped you and gave you more knowledge about what you may be experiencing. If you would like more information, contact us today.

If you’ve experienced any of these pregnancy signs and symptoms or have received a positive pregnancy test and want further information, give us a call. You do not have to go through this time in your life alone and your prenatal care is of the utmost importance. We’re here to help.

Disclaimer: This website and blog does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Content from this website and blog is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. The information provided on this website is intended for general understanding only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.

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  2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/basal-body-temperature/about/pac-20393026
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  20. https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/bleeding-during-pregnancy

Free Pregnancy Test

If you think you may be pregnant your next step should be scheduling a FREE Pregnancy Test from Phoenix Women’s CLINIC. You do NOT have to go through this process alone. At Phoenix Women’s Clinic we can help you deal with the results, no matter what they are, in a manner that is best for you and your situation. We have compassion for you and want to help you in any way we can.

FIRST THINGS FIRST — Am I Pregnant? If you think you may be pregnant it is important to know about the changes taking place in your body that may indicate pregnancy. Remember every woman is different and common signs of pregnancy may or may not pertain to your situation.

Some common symptoms of early pregnancy include:

· Missed period

· Nausea

· Vomiting

· Breast tenderness

· Frequent urination

· Fatigue For a complete list of pregnancy symptoms click HERE. According to WebMD the only way to know for sure if you are pregnant is “by taking a pregnancy test”

At Phoenix Women’s Clinic we can give you a FREE and confidential pregnancy test on a walk-in basis during office hours. We will answer your questions and provide you with help you need every step of the way. We can help and answer your concerns for both positive or negative test results. You may have more questions and can be scheduled with one of our practitioners for a blood test, an ultrasound or exam.

How Soon Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

If you think you are pregnant, get a test today. We may ask you to retest in a week if your test is negative but you have not yet missed you period. According to Healthline, “You should wait to take a pregnancy test until the week after your missed period for the most accurate result.

If you don’t want to wait until you’ve missed your period, you should wait 10 days after you had sex. If you are pregnant, your body needs time to develop detectable levels of HCG. This typically takes seven to 12 days after successful implantation of an egg.

You may receive an inaccurate result if the test is taken too early in your cycle.”

If you are not sure when the best time is to take the home pregnancy test and take the test too early, check the test results too soon, use diluted urine or have been taking fertility drugs or medications containing HCG, there is a chance the results will be inaccurate.

Home pregnancy tests including such brand names as First Response, ClincialGaurd, Clearblue, Pregmate, New Choice and Wondfo, advertise to be 99% accurate.

National pharmacies and retail stores offer generic and store brand pregnancy tests including, Walgreen’s One Step, Target’s Early Results Pregnancy Test-Up&Up, CVS Early Result Pregnancy Test and Wal-Mart’s Equate Early Result Pregnancy Test.

All over the counter tests recommend if you think you are pregnant you should contact your health care provider. That is where Phoenix Women’s Clinics comes in. We can help you confirm your pregnancy and discuss your options for the future.

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How do pregnancy tests work?

There are two basic kinds of pregnancy tests, the first uses urine and can be purchased over the counter, and the second test uses a blood sample and is administered in Phoenix Women’s Clinic. Both tests measure the level of the hormone hCG, human chorionic gonadotropin that indicates a pregnancy. According to Medicinet.com, “hCG is made when a fertilized egg implants in the uterus. This usually happens about six days after the egg and sperm merge. But studies show that in up to 10 percent of women, implantation does not occur until much later, after the first day of the missed period. The amount of hCG rapidly builds up in your body with each passing day you are pregnant.”

Clinical pregnancy tests are more accurate than over the counter home tests.

The primary reason a clinical pregnancy test is more accurate than an over the counter home test is the experience and frequency in which the clinic administers tests. At Phoenix Women’s Clinic we have given thousands of tests and are constantly updating our kits for optimum freshness and accuracy.

There are many variables that lead to inaccurate readings from a home test. At Phoenix Women’s Clinic we do our best to eliminate those variables so you know for sure whether or not you are pregnant.

Teenage Pregnancy Resources: Legal Rights, Telling Your Parents, and More

An unexpected pregnancy can bring the world to a halt, especially for a teenager. In an instant, you’re facing serious questions about your future.

Who can I confide in? Where can I go to get help and support? Which pregnancy option is right for me? What are my rights as a pregnant teen?

We understand how overwhelming it can feel, but you’re not in this alone. Phoenix Women’s Clinic is here to answer your questions and support you from your first pregnancy test to your final decision. Keep reading to learn more.

How Do I Know if I’m Pregnant?

If you think you might be pregnant, the first thing to do is take a pregnancy test and receive an ultrasound.

But, what if you can’t afford a pregnancy test right now? What if you want to be as discreet as possible? Phoenix Women’s Clinic provides free pregnancy tests and free ultrasounds, so you can confirm your pregnancy in a compassionate, confidential environment. You are welcome to bring a parent or loved one, or come alone—whatever makes your experience more comfortable for you.

All of our teenage pregnancy resources are 100% confidential. We will never tell anyone about your testing results or your pregnancy intentions. 

Do I Need My Parents’ Permission for an Abortion?

If you are under the age of 18, Arizona law requires that you get written consent (or permission) from at least one parent or legal guardian to receive an abortion. 

You may feel that your parents deserve to know that you’re pregnant or want their help as you navigate the decision process. If you feel safe to do so, you may want to tell them once you’ve confirmed your pregnancy at Phoenix Women’s Clinic.

How Do I Tell My Parents That I’m Pregnant?

We get it—telling your parents that you’re pregnant can be one of the most nerve-wracking moments of your life. It can be hard enough to process your own feelings, let alone put them into words. Below are some tips to help you get started:

  • Consider Your Options. While you don’t have to make a decision right here and now, it’s wise to start thinking about which pregnancy option would be best for your future. Need a safe, nonjudgmental place to explore your options? Consider visiting Phoenix Women’s Clinic. Our team of professional counselors is here to answer all of your questions regarding abortion, adoption, and parenting
  • Confide in Someone You Trust. If you’re unsure of what to say, confide in someone you trust first. They may be able to help you process your thoughts and feelings and put them into words. You could even practice the conversation with them to calm your nerves. 
  • Get Straight to the Point. When it comes time to share the news, get to the point. Delaying the nature of the conversation may cause tension and make each of you feel more anxious. You can be as straightforward as: “I have something difficult to tell you. It’s not what I planned, but I’m pregnant.”

Your parents will probably have questions. They may want to know how long you’ve been sexually active, how far along you are, or who the father is. These questions can seem accusatory, but they likely come from a place of concern for you. Remember, they’re hearing shocking news for the first time, so try to answer as calmly as possible and allow them time to process. If you feel your parents are open to knowing more about how you feel about your pregnancy, share with them the pregnancy options you are considering. 

If you’re concerned that either of your parents may react violently to the news, please reach out for help

Teenage Pregnancy Resources in Phoenix, AZ 

Finding out that you’re pregnant as a teenager can be scary, but have hope that there are people and resources available to help you. Phoenix Women’s Clinic provides free teenage pregnancy resources, so you can get the confidential care you need to make an informed and empowered decision. 

Give us a call at 602-305-5100, text us at 909-529-2035, or schedule your appointment online today. All services are confidential and free of charge!

4 Reasons Why You Need to Get Tested for STDs and STIs

It’s an unfortunate fact that if you’re sexually active, you’ve likely been exposed to an STD or STI. You may be thinking about getting tested, but, let’s be real—it can feel embarrassing. However, you should never feel ashamed for taking charge of your health! 

Today, we’re exploring 4 reasons why you need to get tested for STDs and STIs. Keep reading to learn more! 

  1. Not All STDs and STIs Have Symptoms

Many people don’t even realize they have an STD because they don’t experience any symptoms. For example, up to 75% of women with chlamydia are asymptomatic[1]. It’s very easy for infections to go unnoticed until a partner is diagnosed or if complications arise later on[2]

The sooner you get tested, the better. Certain infections, like HIV, are much easier to treat when caught early. Early intervention can decrease your risk of developing AIDS and other serious conditions[3]. Additionally, by getting tested and treated, you do your part to keep them from spreading to other people.

  1. They’re More Common Than You Think

STDs and STIs are quite common, especially among young people. In 2020 alone, more than half of reported STD cases were among teenagers and young adults from ages 15–24[4]. The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 people has an STI[5]. If you’re sexually active, there’s a chance you’ve been exposed to an STD or STI at some point, whether you realize it or not.

  1. They Can be Transmitted Through Different Forms of Contact

If you’ve never had vaginal intercourse, you may think you’re safe from STDs. However, some STDs can be spread through other forms of contact, such as anal sex, oral sex, or kissing:

  • Syphilis[6]
  • Oral herpes[7]
  • Herpes simplex virus (HSV)[8]
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV)[9]

It’s worth getting tested even if you haven’t had any intimate sexual contact with your partner. This will help prevent any infections from spreading further and allow you both to get the care you need!

  1. They Can Cause Lasting Damage to Your Reproductive Health

When left untreated, certain STDs (such as gonorrhea and chlamydia) can lead to Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID), an infection of a woman’s reproductive organs[10]. PID is known to increase the risk of ectopic pregnancy and even infertility[10].

PID can be treated when discovered early, but treatment can’t reverse the damage it’s already done. If you’ve had PID before, you’re at higher risk of getting it again. Additionally, it can return if you get reinfected with an STD.

How Often Should You Get Tested for STDs and STIs?

If you’re sexually active, it’s crucial to get tested regularly to protect your health! The CDC recommends that[11]:

  • Sexually active teens and adults (from age 13 onward) should be tested for HIV at least once a year.
  • Sexually active women should be tested for gonorrhea and chlamydia once a year, especially if they have multiple sex partners or a partner (whether past or present) who has tested positive for an STD.
  • Pregnant women should be tested for syphilis, HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, chlamydia, and gonorrhea early in pregnancy. Repeat testing may be needed in some cases. 

STD & STI Testing in Phoenix, AZ

Looking for STD & STI testing in Phoenix, AZ? Look no further than Phoenix Women’s Clinic. We offer confidential STD & STI testing and treatment for multiple infections, no insurance needed! 
Give us a call at 602-305-510, text us at 909-529-2035, or schedule your appointment online today.


  1. Patel, C. G., Trivedi, S., & Tao, G. (2018, September). The Proportion of Young Women Tested for Chlamydia Who Had Urogenital Symptoms in Physician Offices. U.S. National Library of Medicine. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6823598/  
  2. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2021, September 21). Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/sexually-transmitted-diseases-stds/symptoms-causes/syc-20351240# 
  3. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2022, October 21). Early HIV diagnosis and treatment important for better long-term health outcomes. National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/early-hiv-diagnosis-treatment-important-better-long-term-health-outcomes 
  4. National Overview of STDs, 2020. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, April 12). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/2020/overview.htm#Disparities 
  5. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, February 18). Sexually Transmitted Infections Prevalence, Incidence, and Cost Estimates in the United States. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/statistics/prevalence-incidence-cost-2020.htm 
  6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, April 12). Syphilis – CDC Detailed Fact Sheet. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/syphilis/stdfact-syphilis-detailed.htm# 
  7. Oral Herpes. Johns Hopkins Medicine. (2021, August 8). Retrieved from https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/herpes-hsv1-and-hsv2/oral-herpes# 
  8. World Health Organization. (2022, March 10). Herpes simplex virus. World Health Organization. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/herpes-simplex-virus# 
  9. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, April 12). Human Papillomavirus (HPV). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/hpv/stdfact-hpv.htm# 
  10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, April 18). Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/pid/stdfact-pid.htm# 
  11. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2021, December 14). Which STD Tests Should I Get? Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/std/prevention/screeningreccs.htm# 

What is the Abortion Pill?

An unintended pregnancy can rip the rug out from under you. It can be easy to make a snap decision out of fear, but it’s crucial to ask questions and get all the facts on your options to protect your health!

Today, we’re answering some frequently asked questions about the abortion pill, so you can make a confident, educated decision regarding your unintended pregnancy!  

How Does the Abortion Pill Work?

Although it’s referred to as a pill (singular), the abortion pill actually consists of two medications: mifepristone and misoprostol.

Mifepristone is taken first, usually in a clinic. This medication cuts the supply of the hormone progesterone to the embryo, which is needed to maintain the pregnancy. Without a steady supply of progesterone, the embryo stops growing. Misoprostol is taken 24-48 hours later at home. This medication causes the uterus to contract and expel the fetus, which ends the pregnancy.

How Late Can You Take the Abortion Pill? 

You can’t take the abortion pill beyond 10 weeks of pregnancy (or 70 days since the first day of your last menstrual period)[1]. This is because it becomes less effective the farther along you are. If you take the abortion pill later on in your pregnancy, you could experience serious complications and may need emergency surgery to complete the procedure. 

Is Abortion Legal in Arizona? Do I Need an Ultrasound Before Taking the Abortion Pill?

Currently, abortion is illegal in Arizona beyond 15 weeks of pregnancy, except in cases of medical emergency[2]. You are also required to receive an ultrasound before an abortion in Arizona.

Before taking the abortion pill, consider receiving a free ultrasound at Phoenix Women’s Clinics to determine how far along you are. If your ultrasound determines that you’re too far along for abortion, our compassionate medical staff will help you explore all of your pregnancy options, so you can make the best choice for your health and future!

Do I Need a Prescription for the Abortion Pill? Can I Get the Abortion Pill Over the Counter? 

The FDA now allows certain pharmacies to sell the abortion pill over the counter. However, you still need a prescription in order to take it[4].

Can I Order the Abortion Pill Online?

The FDA warns against ordering the abortion pill online, as it bypasses safety regulations designed to keep you safe. Many online abortion pill providers are located overseas, so the pills they provide may not be FDA-approved[4]. These pills could be fake, expired, or even laced with harmful substances! It’s best to speak to a licensed medical professional first!

What are the Side Effects of the Abortion Pill?

Like any medical procedure, there are risks and side effects associated with the abortion pill. Common side effects include:

  • Spotting or bleeding that can last up to a month[5]
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal cramping (caused by the misoprostol)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and digestive pain
  • Chills
  • Fever

More severe abortion pill side effects include:

  • Allergic reaction. Although rare, it is possible to go into anaphylactic shock after taking vaginal misoprostol if you’re allergic to any ingredients in the medication[6].
  • Hemorrhaging. It’s normal to bleed for a while after taking the abortion pill. However, if you soak through two thick full-size sanitary pads per hour, for two or more hours, you could be hemorrhaging[7].
  • Incomplete abortion. Incomplete abortions occur when some pregnancy tissue remains in the uterus after misoprostol has been taken. Emergency surgery may be needed to remove the remaining tissue and prevent infection[8]
  • Infection. If you experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or a fever for more than 24 hours after taking the second medication, an infection may have developed. You may need antibiotics or even surgery to treat your condition[9].
  • Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID). Pelvic inflammatory disease is an infection of the female reproductive organs. The symptoms to be aware of include abdominal pain, irregular periods, nausea and vomiting, painful urination, painful sex, and unusual vaginal discharge[10]

This all may sound a bit frightening, but we believe you deserve to be aware of the risks and side effects of abortion, so you can make the best choice for your health and future!

Abortion Pill Information in Phoenix, AZ

When your pregnancy test comes back positive, it can be easy to panic. Don’t let fear make any decisions for you! Get the care and support you deserve at Phoenix Women’s Clinics! We offer free pregnancy resources so that you can make an empowered decision for your unintended pregnancy:  

Give us a call at 602-305-510, text us at 909-529-2035, or schedule your appointment online today. All services are confidential and free of charge!

Please be aware that Life Choice does not provide or refer for abortion services. 


  1. FDA. (2021, December 6). Questions and Answers on Mifeprex. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/questions-and-answers-mifeprex  
  2. Commonwealth of Kentucky Office of the Attorney General. (2022, June 24). Human Life Protection Act. Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Retrieved from https://www.ag.ky.gov/Press%20Release%20Attachments/Human%20Life%20Protection%20Act%20Advisory.pdf 
  3. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2022, September 3). Slide Show: Fetal Ultrasound. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/multimedia/fetal-ultrasound/sls-20076294?s=3# 
  4. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2023, January 24). Mifeprex (Mifepristone). U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/postmarket-drug-safety-information-patients-and-providers/mifeprex-mifepristone-information
  5. U.S. National Library of Medicine. (2016, May 16). Mifepristone (Mifeprex). MedlinePlus. Retrieved from https://medlineplus.gov/druginfo/meds/a600042.html 
  6. Shin, Hyun Joo, et al. “Anaphylactic Shock to Vaginal Misoprostol: A Rare Adverse Reaction to a Frequently Used Drug.” PubMed Central (PMC), 9 Aug. 2018, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6137020
  7. FDA. (2016). Prescribing Information for Mifeprex. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Retrieved from https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2019/022348s014lbl.pdf 
  8. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2022, July 29). Medical Abortion. Mayo Clinic. Retrieved from https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/medical-abortion/about/pac-20394687 
  9. Abortion Risks. Louisiana Department of Health. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ldh.la.gov/page/1063 
  10. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID): Symptoms, Treatments & Causes. Cleveland Clinic. (2020, November 23). Retrieved from https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/9129-pelvic-inflammatory-disease-pid 

COVID-19 Policy

Notice to Patients:

Phoenix Women’s Clinic only offers gynecological services and does not diagnose or treat COVID-19 (Corona Virus).  If you are sick, have a fever of 100.4 or higher, dry cough, shortness of breath, or think you may have been exposed or contracted the Corona Virus we recommend you obtain additional information from the following sources:

If you are at Phoenix Women’s Clinic for a scheduled gynecological service, we request that youcome into the Clinic alone.   If others come with you to your appointment, please ask them to wait in the car or outside the clinic where they have a smaller chance of being infected with COVID-19 themselves, or of infecting others.  The CDC recommends keeping a safe distance of 6 feet between yourself and others in all public places.  This recommendation should be followed both inside the Clinic and outside in the parking lot.

If you have any additional questions, please call Phoenix Women’s Clinic at 602-305-5100, and we will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for your cooperation during this time of heightened caution during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Working together, we will get through this difficult time much safer and sooner.

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