Free pregnancy tests and services are available in Health Education Services for any student who is pregnant or believes they might be pregnant.
To make an appointment to have a discussion about possible pregnancy or pregnancy related concerns, EMAIL confidential health professional Carol Day at firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise, call or text the Confidential Pregnancy & Sexual Health Services line (202-870-1666) from 10AM-10PM for support.
Discovering that one might be pregnant, as well as pregnancy itself, can have a huge toll on an individual’s mental health as well as relationships with sexual partners and friends. Please reach out for support if you need it. Any student can pick up a pregnancy test, for themselves or for a friend. There is no reason to disclose results or a name when you pick up a test. Pregnancy tests are free and available to students upon request.
Common First Signs of Pregnancy
- Missed period — a missed period is the most common first sign of pregnancy, but periods can also become irregular as a result of stress, exercise, eating habits, or other factors.
- Breast tenderness — within a few days of conception, some women notice increased sensitivity, fullness, or heaviness in their breasts. By two weeks following conception, the pinkish/brown areas around the nipples (the areolas) may enlarge or darken.
- Spotting — some women may experience a small amount of bleeding (lighter than a period) sometimes mixed with a yellowish discharge when the developing egg implants itself in the uterine wall.
- Fatigue — tiredness even after a good night’s sleep may be a sign that your body is going through the early changes of pregnancy.
- Nausea — nausea can strike at any time of day or night, not just as commonly understood “morning sickness.” It can range anywhere from feeling like seasickness to a full-fledged stomach virus.
If you think you might be pregnant, please come to HES for a free pregnancy test, call the pregnancy hotline (202-870-1666) to speak with a professional, and/or EMAIL confidential health professional Carol Day at email@example.com. You do not have to meet in person to receive any of these services.
Pregnancy will have no effect on your enrollment in the University, and the Georgetown community is committed to making every effort to provide a caring, supportive environment. If you are pregnant and continuing as a student you will have access to academic and practical resources to assist in the completion of your degree. Pregnant students have the option to take a leave of absence as needed, for example if a baby is expected to be delivered in the middle of an academic semester. But taking a medical leave is not required; it is always an option at any time for pregnancy or parenting related concerns. Academic Deans can help coordinate these plans. After the birth, HES can assist students with problem-solving for managing student life as a parent.