Frequently Asked Questions


I already bought a pregnancy test at WalMart.  Do I need to come in for another test?

Our pregnancy tests are free and confidential.  Our lab quality tests are just like the ones you would take in a doctor’s office or hospital.  Home pregnancy tests are usually very accurate, but not always.  Your health, as well as your baby’s health, is very important.  If your test with us is positive, we can talk about scheduling an ultrasound to learn exactly how far along you are.  These are the first important steps you’ll need to take to start considering your options for your best possible future.

I had sex last night and I think the condom broke.  Can I come in today for a pregnancy test?

The hormones in your body that result in a positive pregnancy test are not able to be detected immediately.  You will need to wait until after you have missed a period in order to have an accurate test result.  Please be sure to call us to set an appointment.

Can I just come in whenever, or do I need an appointment?

We want to make sure we have enough time set aside to discuss all of your questions so it’s best to have an appointment if possible.

How long does an appointment last?

We try to schedule from 45 to 60 minutes for each appointment.  This gives us enough time to listen to your concerns and to determine how to best help you.

Do I need to bring anything with me to the appointment?

To protect your confidentiality, you will need to bring a valid photo ID.  If you do not have a valid photo ID, we will take your photo and have you sign and date it.


Can I bring a friend with me to the appointment?

We understand why you would like to have a friend with you.  Feel free to bring someone along.  At first, we will meet with you personally to give you the privacy you need for the intake process, then your friend will be able to join you later in the appointment.

I think I’m pregnant, but I’m on the pill.  What should I do?

Even though it’s rare, it is possible to become pregnant on the pill.  It’s important to know if you are actually pregnant, so we would recommend a test.  If it’s positive, we can discuss scheduling for an ultrasound.

How can I see a doctor if I don’t have any insurance?

There are options available for people who need care even if they don’t have insurance.  We will provide you with free-of-charge pregnancy testing.  If it’s positive, we will discuss scheduling an ultrasound and provide you with a pregnancy verification form.   We also have a Physicians’ Referral Form which lists prenatal care providers who will accept the medical card and referrals from the Empower Life Center.

Can I come in for a free ultrasound to find out the sex of my baby?

The purpose of the ultrasounds we offer is to confirm a pregnancy after a positive pregnancy test.  We are not able to provide ultrasound to determine the sex of the baby.

What does “after-abortion support” mean?

The process of recovering from an abortion is different for everyone.  We offer sensitive and confidential support for women who have terminated one or more pregnancies, whether it was a recent abortion or many years ago.  Please contact us if you have questions about our after-abortion recovery program called HOPE (Healing of Post-abortive Emotions).

If I’ve already had an abortion, what can you do to help me?

We want you to know you’re not alone.  Sometimes that just means listening. We want to offer what you need to heal or find hope for a new day.  Every person is different in the way they process an experience and what they need afterward.  Simply call or email to learn what that might look like for you.

Can I receive a PAP test at your facility?

We do not provide PAP testing, but we can refer you to some of the OB/Gynecological providers in our area where you can receive full medical care.

Can I come in and be tested for STD's/STI's?

Yes, we do offer free-of-charge STI screening for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea for women and men.  A qualified and competent medical professional will discuss your levels of risk and perform the testing at your first STI visit.  A follow-up appointment will be scheduled for you to receive the results of your screening and discuss any additional questions.

How do I know whether I’ve been exposed to an STD/STI?

If you’ve had vaginal, oral, or anal sex, you have a potential risk for an STD/STI.   If you have questions regarding your level of risk, please call to talk with one of our qualified medical staff.

Can a condom protect me from an STD/STI?

Condoms only reduce the chance of infection with STD's/STI's like Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.  Herpes and HPV are found on the external genitalia, a place condoms do not cover.  The only guaranteed protection from these two STD's/STI's is refraining from any genital-to-genital or oral-to-genital contact.

Can I get the morning after pill at your center?

We do not offer the morning after pill, or Plan B.  However, it’s important for you to rule out pregnancy from any previous sexual activity.  If you feel that a pregnancy is a possibility, please call (309) 688-0202 to schedule an appointment.

I was at a party last night, and when I woke up this morning, I felt like someone might have taken advantage of me sexually.  What do I do now?

First of all, no matter what the circumstances were, rape or sexual assault is NEVER the victim’s fault.  We encourage you to report any assault immediately to the appropriate authorities.  Secondly, for both your physical and emotional health, you need to seek immediate professional help.  We are able to offer referrals for professionals in the area.  Please call (309) 688-0202 or email us at to schedule an appointment.