I might be pregnant. Where can I take a pregnancy test? How much will it cost and will they tell my parents?
There are a few choices for girls who need a pregnancy test.
Home Pregnancy Test
Home pregnancy tests are sold at drugstores and grocery stores and can be taken at home or at a friend’s house. To ensure that the results are accurate, it is important to follow the instructions on the box exactly. It is most effective to wait until after a girl has missed her period to take a pregnancy test. If she is more than a day or two late for her period, she can take a home pregnancy test. Some newer home pregnancy tests, however, say they can give an accurate result the day a period is due or even a day or two before.
Home pregnancy tests typically cost between $8 and $20 at a drugstore or grocery store. Some are available for even less than that online, but require a credit card number in order to purchase them.
While home pregnancy tests are very accurate, girls might also want to consider going to a clinic for a pregnancy test, or at least for a second test. This can verify the home results and provide her with more options for care, including tests for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), birth control options and general answers to her questions about birth control and safer sex.
A pregnancy test at a family planning clinic might cost anywhere between $5 and $20, and it may or may not include the cost of the appointment itself. Many clinics, however, offer low-cost or even free appointments. It’s important to ask what costs are involved when calling to make an appointment.
Lastly, a girl can go to her regular health care provider to have a pregnancy test.
Most clinics, like a Planned Parenthood clinic, or other health center, will not notify your parent(s) or guardian(s) that you have had a pregnancy test. But it’s always a good idea to confirm the clinic’s confidentiality policy first when calling for an appointment.
Talk to a Trusted Adult
Many teens find that telling a parent, guardian or other trusted adult about a pregnancy can be helpful. Teens don’t have to go to a clinic or health care provider alone if a parent or guardian knows and is willing to help. Parents/guardians can offer guidance and support during a really stressful time. So it’s always good for teens to consider talking with a parent, guardian or an adult in their lives who they know well and trust, so they don’t need to deal with this all by themselves.
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