Frequently Asked Questions

How accurate is the pregnancy test?

Our tests are laboratory rated and 99% accurate. Urine-based pregnancy tests detect the hCG hormone in a pregnant woman’s system. Since the production of hCG can vary greatly from woman to woman, sometimes as much as 20 fold, time periods when a “positive” test occurs can also vary. Our pregnancy tests can often detect some women’s hCG level as early as 7 days after conception (21-24 days after the first day of your last period), although some women’s hCG level is not detectable until at least one week after a missed period.

How do I know if I am pregnant?

The easiest way to determine if you are pregnant is to take a free pregnancy test at Crossroads. Just because your period is late doesn’t always mean you are pregnant. Stress, hormonal changes, weight gain or loss are all possible reasons for a change in your menstrual cycle. We recommend you wait until the week after your period should have started. Learn more about our free pregnancy tests here.

When should I get an ultrasound?

An ultrasound is the next step following a positive pregnancy test. It will give you vital information such as how far along you are, if your pregnancy is viable, and if it is located in your uterus. This is information you will need to move forward. We offer free first and second trimester limited ultrasounds. Learn more about them here.

 

Are you a faith-based organization?

Yes, we are a Christian non-profit organization and our work is in accord with the teachings of Jesus Christ.

How are you funded?

We are funded by the generous support of individuals, organizations and grants. We receive no state or federal funding.

Do my parents need to know about my appointment?

No. In the state of Louisiana, pregnancy related services are considered confidential even for minors (with the exception of abortion because parental consent is required). You are protected by HIPAA and other privacy laws. However, we do encourage you to involve your parents if you are pregnant.

Can I walk in or do I need to make an appointment?

We do accept walk-in’s but we highly recommend that you make an appointment to make sure that we are available to meet with you, so you do not have to wait.

If I am unsure of what decision to make with my pregnancy can I still make an appointment?

Yes! Women considering all options are welcome here.

What do I need to bring to receive services?

A driver’s license or photo identification card is required to receive services.

How much do your services cost?

All of our services are provided at no cost to our clients.

Do you refer for abortions?

No, we do not provide or refer for abortion services.

Do you provide contraceptives?

We believe your doctor is best positioned to talk with you about contraceptive needs. We do not provide contraceptives or contraceptive services.

Should I see a doctor if I have a second negative test and have not started my period?

If you have any medical concerns, you should see your health care provider for assessment. If you need resources for health care, Crossroads can provide you with referrals.

Can I have a retest if my test is negative and my period still doesn’t start?

Yes, you may be scheduled for another test. The hCG hormone concentration doubles approximately every 2.2 days during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

Is a blood test more accurate?

A urine-based pregnancy test detects hCG hormone, whereas a blood test measures the hCG level. So yes, a blood test is more accurate. Crossroads only provides urine pregnancy tests; your physician or clinic can perform a blood test, to diagnose your pregnancy.