UHS offers pregnancy testing and options counseling. These services are free to currently enrolled U-M students and UHS Prepaid Plan members.
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What are signs of pregnancy? The primary sign is a missed period. Other signs include nausea, fatigue, weight gain, increased body temperature and breast tenderness.
A woman should not rely only on the presence of these signs to determine if she is pregnant, because other things may cause these signs, or she may not have signs.
A pregnancy test is a more reliable way to determine pregnancy in early stages so that medical advice may be sought as soon as possible.
How do pregnancy tests work? Pregnancy tests determine the presence of the hormone chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in a woman's blood or urine. In the early part of pregnancy, the body begins producing a HCG, which stimulates the ovaries to produce the amount of estrogen and progesterone needed for implantation of the egg into the uterine wall and for the embryo's early development.
Testing at UHS: UHS offers a rapid urine test. The test is usually accurate one or two days after a missed period. The test is appropriate if your period is due or late.
To test at UHS, first call 734-764-8320, option 2, and ask for Nurse Advice. A nurse will return your call and advise you of next steps.
For currently enrolled U-M students (Ann Arbor campus) and UHS Prepaid Plan members, there is no fee for clinic visits, pregnancy tests, or options counseling at UHS
What about home test kits? Home test kits use the same technology that's used at UHS.
Advantages of testing at home are that it's convenience and private.
Disadvantages of testing at home are:
Costs, especially if you test repeatedly
Chance of error due to using a contaminated urine sample, reading the result earlier or later than specified and not using a big enough sample
Where can I get help? If you are concerned about pregnancy, you may want to sort out your feelings and clarify your options. You can speak with:a UHS nurse by calling 734-764-8320, option 2 and ask for Nurse Advice, or by calling the UHS Women's Health Clinic at 734-763-9184.
In addition, Counseling and Psychological Services (734-764-8312, 3100 Michigan Union) offers free, confidential options counseling.
Please remember, you have choices. If you are pregnant you may choose parenthood, adoption or abortion. We will help in any way we can, no matter what your choice, so be certain you take the time you need to make your decision, and do let us know how we can help.