Frequently Asked Questions

What Do I Need to Bring With Me?

If you have an ID, bring it with you to your appointment. You won’t need insurance or any form of payment since your visit is free.

We want you to feel as comfortable as possible during your appointment. Feel free to bring a support person of your choosing with you. After the initial screening, they will be able to join you for your consultation.

How do I know if I am pregnant?

If there is a chance that you could be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test. Next Step offers free pregnancy tests, and we can refer you for a confirmation ultrasound to determine if your pregnancy is viable. Symptoms that are commonly associated with pregnancy include:

  • Missed period
  • Nausea with or without vomiting
  • Frequent urination
  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating

While these symptoms can indicate pregnancy, they can also be attributed to other causes, so they should not be used as a predictor of pregnancy.

Are All Services Free?

All our services, from pregnancy tests to educational classes, are completely free of charge. Your appointments at Next Step are confidential, so you can be sure that you’re getting the support you need with the privacy you’re looking for.

When Should I Take a Pregnancy Test?

When you think you might be pregnant, it can be difficult to wait to take a pregnancy test. For the most accuracy, though, it is best to wait until a week after your missed period before testing. This time allows for hCG (the pregnancy hormone detected by pregnancy tests) to build to a detectable level.

If you have irregular cycles, test three weeks after you had unprotected sex. If your period doesn’t arrive after a negative result, wait another week and test again.

Next Step offers free, accurate pregnancy tests. Contact us today for your no-cost appointment.