Medical Services

Claris offers the following medical services. Click each box below to learn more!

What: A urine pregnancy test is a reliable method of assessing for pregnancy. The test looks for a hormone called HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin). The presence of this hormone typically indicates pregnancy and can be detected in the urine 10 days after fertilization and by blood 8 days after fertilization of the egg and attachment to the uterine wall. Most people schedule a urine pregnancy test around the time of a missed period. A blood test is not routinely performed to diagnose a pregnancy.

Who: Female patients ages 12 years or older.

Cost: No cost for urine pregnancy testing. 

Contact us to schedule a pregnancy test.

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD)/Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Testing

What: Blood and urine tests are used to look for commonly occurring sexually transmitted diseases and infections that can be passed between partners during sexual contact. We offer testing for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, trichomoniasis. 

Additionally, we test for other (non-STD/STI related) infections including vaginal yeast infections, bacterial vaginosis, and urinary tract infections.  

Who: Individuals over the age of 12 who present certain risk factors determined by the medical professional.

Cost: $10-40. Financial aid available to qualifying patients.

Contact us to schedule STD/STI testing.

What: A Pap smear or Pap test is a medical test in which a medical provider collects cells from the cervix during a pelvic exam* and those cells then undergo a microscopic examination. These cells are evaluated for abnormalities, such as the presence of cancerous or precancerous cells. A Pap test can detect certain viral infections such as human papillomavirus (HPV), which is known to cause cervical cancer.  

*The pelvic exam also includes an inspection of external and internal genital areas and an assessment of the health of the reproductive system and organs. It can also help identify pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), fibroids, etc.

Who​: Pap testing is available for all premenopausal women. Doctors recommend getting a Pap smear at 21 years of age and then at least once every three years. If you have certain risk factors, you may need to get them more frequently. These factors include:
– Prior diagnosis of cervical cancer or a Pap smear that showed precancerous cells
– Exposure to diethylstilbestrol (DES) before birth
– HIV infection
– Weakened immune system due to organ transplant, chemotherapy or chronic corticosteroid use
– History of smoking

Cost: $50-$75 for Pap (w/ STI Testing). Financial aid available to qualifying patients.

Contact us to schedule a Pap Test today.

What: Ultrasound imaging can be used to detect and confirm a pregnancy.  Claris offers limited obstetric ultrasound scans. These scans are not intended for diagnostic purposes, but are used for the following medical purposes:

– Determine the viability of a pregnancy.
– Determine the  location of an embryo or fetus.
– Determine the gestational age of the pregnancy. 

These are all important to determine after initially confirming a pregnancy with a urine or blood pregnancy test.

Who: Ultrasound scans are made available to patients who have a  positive pregnancy test, are at least 6 weeks pregnant, and have not had a previous ultrasound. 

Cost: No cost

Contact us to learn more or to schedule an ultrasound scan.

What: Basic health assessment to check blood pressure, heart rate, weight, etc.  There’s also an opportunity to discuss and evaluate sexual health, address any areas of concern,  help improve general health and well-being, and provide referrals if necessary.

Who: Available at off-site clinic locations to all individuals ages 18 and older, or 12 and older with parental consent.

Cost: No cost

Contact us to schedule a health screening.

Clinician's Note

Since many of these early pregnancy symptoms mimic symptoms of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), it’s recommended that you take a home pregnancy test or be seen by a healthcare provider.

Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended for general education purposes only and should not be replied upon as a substitute for professional and/or medical advice.

FAQ

Some women experience signs or symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception. For other women, pregnancy symptoms may develop over a few weeks or may not be present at all. In this case, we recommend waiting to take a pregnancy test until your period is late.

When the sperm penetrates an egg during conception, your body produces a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Urine-based pregnancy tests detect the presence of hCG in your body which is an indication of a possible pregnancy.

Emergency Contraceptive Pills (ECPs) are often called the “morning after pill.” In the United States, there are two kinds of ECPs. One is called Plan B One-Step. The other is called Next Choice. ECP should prevent pregnancy from occurring, but must be used soon after unprotected intercourse to be effective.  If you are already pregnant, none of the Emergency contraceptive pills have been shown to harm the health of the fetus.  If you have not had your period within a week of expecting it, you should take a pregnancy test. 

According to WomensHealth.gov after you have taken ECPs, your next period may come sooner or later than normal. Most women will get their period within 7 days of the expected date. Your period also may be heavier, lighter, or more spotty than normal. If you do not get your period in 3 weeks or if you think you might be pregnant after taking ECPs, take a pregnancy test.

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