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. $10 for blood testing, if deemed necessary by clinician.
Contact us to schedule a pregnancy test.
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.
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.
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
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
What: Group-based prenatal care is offered to qualifying patients at Claris’ Lynwood clinic facility. This model of prenatal care brings patients out of the exam room and into a group setting, which also helps build a community of support. Groups are typically formed with 4-10 women of different ages, races, and socio-economic backgrounds. Groups begin in their first trimester of pregnancy and include the standard 10 prenatal visits.
Who: Pregnant women who enroll during their first trimester of pregnancy. Patients must have Medi-Cal insurance or be willing to pay for lab and other testing services.
Cost: No cost for Medi-Cal patients. Contact us to check eligibility or to discuss payment options for non Medi-Cal patients.