Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if I’m pregnant?
If you have recently had unprotected sex or some sort of birth control failure, there is a possibility that you could be pregnant. If you’ve received a positive pregnancy test, verify your results with a lab-quality pregnancy test at our center and follow it up with a limited ultrasound. We offer both, free of charge, in our center. Even before taking a test, however, you can look for early signs of pregnancy which include:
- a missed period
- swollen breasts
- frequent urination
- certain food aversions or cravings
- cramping or spotting
If you notice any of these symptoms, you might be pregnant. We recommend contacting us to schedule an appointment for a free pregnancy test.
How much will my appointment cost?
Bella’s sponsors are dedicated to ensuring every woman has access to safe reproductive health services, and that she is aware of all the options available to her. Because of this, we are able to offer each of our services completely free of charge.
Can I bring someone with me to my appointment?
Yes, we understand that unexpected pregnancies can be frightening and stressful. You are more than welcome to bring someone with you for support.
Is it possible to be pregnant and have an STD?
Yes, it is possible to be pregnant and have an STD. In fact, it is dangerous and can be very harmful to your body if you have an STD while pregnant, or when pursuing an abortive procedure. If you think you may be pregnant, call to schedule an appointment to receive free STD testing and treatment.
Will my insurance company find out about my appointment?
Since we value your privacy, your appointment will be completely confidential. There is no need to present insurance information to receive our services, as all our services at Bella are completely free of charge.
What if I don’t know my next steps?
That’s okay. It is completely normal for a woman confronted with an unexpected pregnancy to be unsure in regards to what comes next. Fortunately, we are experienced in helping women in your position. We are equipped with the latest information and most trustworthy services to help you navigate the next steps in your journey. We can advise you about your options, and help you feel empowered to make the best decision for yourself.
Does Bella Women’s Center offer STD testing?
Yes, we offer limited STD testing and treatment in our center. If you are sexually active, it is important to regularly get tested for STDs.
Do you offer free pregnancy testing?
Yes, like all of our services, our pregnancy testing is completely free and confidential. The tests we use are hospital-grade, or 99 percent accurate, and are capable of detecting your pregnancy as soon as seven days after a missed period.
When do I need to have an ultrasound?
After you have a positive pregnancy test result, the next step is to have an ultrasound. A limited ultrasound will confirm the pregnancy and it will date the pregnancy in regards to gestational age. This crucial information serves as a guide to help you as you consider your pregnancy options.
How soon can I take a pregnancy test after my missed period?
It’s best to wait at least one week after your missed period for the most accurate pregnancy test results. Pregnancy tests look for hCG – the “pregnancy hormone” – to determine if you are pregnant or not. In the early stages of pregnancy, your hCG levels double every 72 hours, so you’ll receive the most accurate results after at least a week.
Do I really need an ultrasound?
Yes! If you are considering an abortion, you need an ultrasound to tell you how far along you are, where the pregnancy is located, and if the pregnancy is viable. All of these factors will determine the type of abortion procedure you can have.
We offer free ultrasounds at Bella Women’s Center so you can get the answers you need to make an informed decision about your unplanned pregnancy.
Is abortion legal near Warren, Ohio?
Yes. Ohio state law restricts abortion in the following ways:
- Women must receive state-mandated counseling and then wait 24 hours before having an abortion.
- Medication abortion must be provided following FDA protocols.
- Parents of minors must give consent prior to an abortion.
- Women must receive an ultrasound before receiving an abortion.
- Abortions are still legal up until fetal heartbeat is detected, which for most women is 6 weeks.
Can I order the abortion pill online in Warren, Ohio?
Ohio state law and FDA protocols require a doctor’s prescription for the abortion pill. This law is in place to protect women from potentially harmful pills ordered online and to make sure the abortion pill is taken during the correct window of time during pregnancy (prior to 10 weeks).