University Health Service

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 basal body temperature and breast tenderness.

Do not rely only on the presence of these signs to determine if you are pregnant, because other things may cause these signs, or you 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 detect the presence of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in blood or urine that is produced during pregnancy. 

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, choose 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 dilute urine sample (for this reason, first-morning urine is recommended)
    • Reading the result earlier or later than specified
    • Testing too early

Where can I get help?  

At UHS, you can:

Counseling and Psychological Services (734-764-8312, 3100 Michigan Union) offers free, confidential options counseling.

If you're concerned about pregnancy, you may want to sort out your feelings and clarify your options. Please remember, if you are pregnant, you have choices. You may choose parenthood, adoption or termination. 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.

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