Does the SHC do pregnancy tests?
Yes, the SHC does pregnancy testing and counseling. Please call (585) 475-2255 or stop by the SHC to make an appointment.
How does the SHC test for pregnancy?
- Most of the time the pregnancy test used at the SHC is a urine test
- Be prepared to give a urine sample at the time of the visit. The test takes five minutes to complete. The cost is covered by your Student Health Fee.
- You will be asked about your most recent menstrual period, recent sexual activity, any methods of birth control used, any medications taken (if any) and any significant past medical history.
- Occasionally, a blood test may be done. The blood sample would be sent to an outside lab which would bill you or your insurance.
- Over the counter home urine pregnancy tests are available at local groceries and pharmacies (Wegmans, Target, Walmart, etc.)
When is the urine test reliable?
- The urine test detects a hormone released into the urine during pregnancy.
- The test becomes positive when the amount of the hormone reaches a certain level, which takes about 10 days from the time the egg is fertilized.
- In other words, you must be at least 10 days pregnant for the test to be accurate. If you had unprotected sex fewer than 10 days ago, it is too early to check.
What if the test is positive and I'm pregnant?
- The provider will discuss the test results with you, ask about any concerns or plans you may have already considered and discuss possible options.
- If you need to be referred for services in the community, we will be glad to assist you.
- If you feel you need time to think, to talk with your partner or extended consultation for help with making a decision, we can schedule a follow-up appointment for you here in the SHC or with other campus services (for ex. Center for Women and Gender, Center for Religious Life, Counseling Center) as appropriate.
What if the test is negative?
- The provider will discuss the result with you and any necessary follow-up.
- If a repeat test is recommended (for ex. if there is any concern about the timing of the first test or if you don't get your period at the expected time), you will be informed and encouraged to schedule a follow-up visit.
- The provider can also discuss effective contraceptive options and assist you with scheduling an annual gynecologic exam, if appropriate.
For further information: Planned Parenthood