It is very important for a young woman to have someone to trust and offer support when she is facing the possibility of being pregnant. This may be a parent, a counselor, an adult friend or a peer. If a young woman thinks she is pregnant, it is important to find out immediately. It's important to have a pregnancy test in a medical setting. Tests done with kits at home are not always accurate. The young woman will need to speak with someone she feels she can trust and can support her to receive the medical attention she needs, and later to problem-solve with her if the pregnancy test is positive.
As a parent or adult, it is important for you to be calm and supportive. This is not a time to place blame, be judgmental, seek sympathy, or punish. Counseling and support services are available whether the pregnancy test is positive or negative. Discussion and effective problem solving can prevent an unwanted pregnancy in the future. (See Sexuality and Birth Control.)
Pregnancy testing and counseling are available at the following clinics. Parental permission is not required. Call for hours, cost, and to find out if an appointment is needed.
If you need additional medical insurance coverage or a referral for pre-natal care, you can contact Medicaid Expanded Eligibility for Pregnant Women (for health care, when pregnant) (585)396-4060.