FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSSierra Pregnancy & Health (SPH) does not offer or refer for abortions or emergency birth control. This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered professional medical advice.
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+ I already bought a home pregnancy test. Open or Close
The pregnancy tests offered by our center are lab-quality, high-sensitivity urine tests with instant results. These tests are accurate as early as 7 to 10 days after conception, usually before a missed period.
At our clinic, pregnancy tests are generally up to 99% accurate and:
• are done in a private setting
• results will be known during your appointment and read by a nurse
• can usually be taken before you miss your period
A positive urine pregnancy test suggests a pregnancy, but should always be VERIFIED with an ultrasound. We offer free ultrasounds.
+ I am underage, does a parent have to come with me for my appointment? Open or Close
No, you may come in alone. Even though you are a minor, you have the right to confidential help, except in those cases where mandatory reporting applies, such as suicide risk. We can't provide your records to any person without written authorization from you.
+ I had sex last night and I think the condom broke. Can I come in today for a pregnancy test? Open or Close
The hormones in your body that result in a positive pregnancy test can't be detected until 9 to 11 days after fertilization. Call or TEXT us and we'll set an appointment for a test or you can walk in during our business hours.
+ Can I come in whenever? Open or Close
Do I need an appointment or can I just walk in?
We have set aside time for you, so it's usually best to have an appointment. However, if you are unable to make an appointment, you're welcome to come in anytime. Appointments usually take 45 minutes to one hour so that we can best help you assess your needs. We are currently open Monday-Thursday from 10am-4pm. You can call or text us for more information. 916.624.8990.
+ Can I bring someone with me? Open or Close
Absolutely. It's important to have the support of friends or family during an uncertain time.
+ Do I need to bring anything with me? Open or Close
To protect your confidentiality, you'll need to bring your valid photo ID. A driver's license or student ID will work. No insurance is required and all services are free.
+ Will Sierra Pregnancy + Health tell anyone that I came in for testing? Open or Close
Any and all information shared with us will be kept private.
+ I think I'm pregnant, but I'm on the pill. What should I do? Open or Close
It is rare but possible to get pregnant on the pill. You will need to take a lab quality urine test, and if it is positive, you will want to VERIFY pregnancy with ultrasound technology.
+ How can I go see a doctor if I don't have any insurance? Open or Close
There are options available, such as Medi-Cal, for people who need care even if they don't have insurance. Sierra Pregnancy + Health will provide you with free pregnancy testing and if necessary a free ultrasound to confirm the pregnancy and help connect you with medical care. SPH welcomes everyone needing our free services. Insurance is NOT required for our services.
If you are in need of coverage for you or your family, Covered California can be accessed through this link. http://www.coveredca.com/
+ What does after abortion help mean? Open or Close
We do offer after abortion help.
The process of recovering from an abortion is different for everyone. We offer support groups for women who have terminated one or more pregnancies, whether it was a recent abortion or many years ago. You can receive help in a group setting or one-on-one.
+ If I've already had an abortion, what can you do to help me? Open or Close
You may be wondering, "Why do I need help after my abortion experience?" Many women and men have come to Sierra Pregnancy & Health for after abortion support. Everyone's abortion journey is different. Our patient advocates are here to answer any questions.
Also, if you are dealing with troubling emotions or unhealthy behaviors that might stem from a pregnancy terminationy you can visit the confidential website www.AbortionChangesYou.com to explore Healing Pathways and read stories anonymously posted by men and women who have been touched by abortion.
+ How do I know if I've been exposed to an STD/STI? Open or Close
If you've been sexually intimate orally, anally or vaginally, you may have put yourself at risk for an STI/STD. It's really that simple. Since there are many types of STIs/STD's, it is important that you be tested regularly. We offer free testing. Call or test for an appointment. 916.624.8990
+ Can a condom protect me from a STD/STI? Open or Close
Condoms can only reduce the chance of infection with STIs/STDs like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea. Herpes and HPV are found on the external genitalia; a place condoms don't cover. The only guaranteed protection from these two STDs is refraining from any genital to genital or oral to genital contact.
+ Can I get the morning-after or an abortion pill? Open or Close
We do not offer the morning-after pill (Plan B) or the abortion pill RU486.
+ Can I get an abortion at Sierra Pregnancy + Health? Open or Close
SPH does not perform or refer for abortion services.