Although most people regard birth as a joyous event, the experience of pregnancy often creates unexpected feelings and challenges. Regardless of whether a pregnancy is planned or unplanned, wanted or not, both men and women may experience a wide range of emotions - anxiety, fear, delight, embarrassment, excitement, guilt, and doubt.
Signs and Symptoms:
- Absence of menstrual period
- Breast tenderness
- Change in appetite
Common Concerns and Background Information:
Concern: "My boyfriend and I were having sex last night, and the condom broke. Is there anything I can do now?"
Information: The Campus Health Service's Pharmacy offers several options for Plan B "Emergency Contraception." Students may take this if they have unprotected intercourse (due to rape, method failure or lack of contraception) within the last 72 hours, ideally within the first 24, but it can be taken up to 120 hrs after the unprotected intercourse. It may be purchased over the counter if you are age 17 or older. There is also a prescription Emergency Contraceptive that may have efficacy for a longer time after sex. Discuss with your provider.
Concern: "I think I may be pregnant. What should I do?"
Information: Students can be directed to the Women's Health Clinic at Campus Health, Planned Parenthood, a county health clinic, a private physician or a women's clinic for testing and guidance. Early diagnosis is valuable and encouraged. If the student is pregnant and plans to birth and raise the baby, she should begin prenatal care immediately.
Concern: "I'm pregnant and in my first trimester. I feel nauseated all the time and I'm having trouble staying awake in class because I'm so tired."
Information: Pregnant women tire easily, especially in the first and third trimesters. Instructors may need to be flexible with a pregnant student and make special arrangements to accommodate her needs.
If you are pregnant, or have delivered a baby and cannot keep it, the "Safe Baby" program will receive the baby and find a safe, permanent home. You can stay anonymous and get help for the baby at www.tucsonsafebaby.org or by calling (520) 872-7233.
- Diagnostic services and limited counseling
- Referrals for prenatal care, abortion and adoption are available upon request