Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know If I am pregnant?

The most common signs and symptoms of pregnancy might include:

  • Missed period if you are in your childbearing years and a week or more has passed without the start of an expected menstrual cycle
  • Tender, swollen breasts due to hormonal changes. The discomfort will likely decrease after a few weeks as your body adjusts.
  • Nausea with or without vomiting which can occur at any time of the day or night.
  • Increased (more frequent) urination as the amount of blood in your body increases, causing your kidneys to process extra fluid.
  • Fatigue

Other signs and symptoms of pregnancy:

  • Moodiness due to the flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy
  • Bloating due to hormonal changes
  • Light spotting, typically known as implantation bleeding, when the fertizilized egg implants in the uterine lining.
  • Cramping, usually mild
  • Constipation due to hormonal changes
  • Food aversions because you may become more sensitive to certain odors.
  • Nasal congestion due to increased hormone levels and blood production. You may also experience nosebleeds.

If you have missed your period and  have any of these other symptoms, you may be pregnant.  Request a NorthStar appointment today to get information about your next steps.

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How much will my appointment cost?

At NorthStar Women’s Center, you will be offered a lab-quality pregnancy test, an ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy (unless there is a medical reason not to do one) and STI/STD testing for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia to help you protect your reproductive/maternal health – all at NO COST to you. 

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Can I bring someone with me?

At NorthStar WC, it is important for every woman to feel safe and supported.  You may bring a support person to your appointment.  For the safety of all women in the center, you will be asked to let us know ahead of time who will be accompanying you.  At the beginning of the appointment, you will be taken back to speak with your Advocate alone.  We will be asking questions for the purpose of providing the information you may not want to share the answers with your support person.  The staff at NorthStar will also begin the ultrasound with you alone to ensure that you have complete control of what information you wish to share about your pregnancy.  However, once you are alone with your Advocate, you may request to have your support person brought in at any time.  You are in control.  You are in the driver’s seat. 

Children are always welcome at the center, and the staff understands that childcare can be difficult to arrange.  However, because of the nature of your appointment, a second adult must accompany you on your visit and supervise your little ones.  NorthStar WC wants you to be completely at ease for your appointment so you can get the information  you need.

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Can I be pregnant and have an STD?

Yes, you can.  Pregnant women can become infected with the same STD’s as women who are not pregnant. There is no additional protection for either you or the pregnancy.  NorthStar offers testing and treatment for both Gonorrhea and Chlamydia at no cost to you.  The medical staff at NorthStar can help you assess your risk and refer you for further testing.  Protecting your reproductive health is important, today and for your future.

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Will my insurance company know about my appointment?

No, your information is protected at NorthStar WC.  All services provided are at no cost to you.  Your insurance company will not be billed.

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What if I don’t know my next steps?

It is important to us that you are safe and supported.  At your first visit, you will receive a Personalized Solutions Assessment with referrals that your Advocate feels are important next steps for you, based on the information you provide.  The staff will follow up with you to provide further referrals and education to assist you in creating your support system, step by step.  No matter what you decide about your pregnancy, NorthStar will answer questions and provide resources to assist you in deciding what’s next. 

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What do I need for abortion in PA?

If you are considering abortion, you will need to be provided with counseling materials and wait for 24 hours.  Why not get the information you need from an organization that does NOT profit from your decision?  Find out what is happening in YOUR body.  Get information specific to YOUR health history and then take time to make YOUR decision. 

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