Pregnancy

If you've missed a period and think you might be pregnant, don't panic! There are many other reasons that this might have happened, such as:

  • Stress - the changes associated with coming to college often do this
  • Increased exercise - some women athletes don't have periods for many months at a time
  • Weight loss- this is true for many women losing weight, worse for sufferers of bulimia/anorexia
  • Illness

Don't worry about 1 or 2 missed periods, unless you have reason to be concerned about pregnancy (for this, schedule an appointment right away). If your periods continue to be few or irregular, you should scheduled a visit for a history and pelvic exam.

Symptoms of early pregnancy include:
  • Amenorrhea, or missed periods- this is the earliest sign of pregnancy
  • Nausea and vomiting- is present during the first three months in most women
  • Excessive Fatigue- can be present within a few weeks after the first missed period
  • Changes in the breasts- common in early pregnancy, sometimes even prior to missing the first period
  • Frequent urination- usually experienced during the first trimester

If you think you are pregnant, give us a call at 368-2453. We can do a pregnancy test on your urine. If you collect the first urine in the morning, it works the best (because generally it is more concentrated). We don't charge for this test. If you are pregnant, one of our Women's clinic staff will tell you about all your options for dealing with this and give you time to ask questions. As with any other visit, you may bring your partner with you.