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Health Education

Sexual Health

Pregnancy

If you engage in heterosexual sexual activity, there is usually a possibility that a female partner could become pregnant. Numerous contraception options are available to reduce the risk of pregnancy. None are 100% fail-proof.

Home pregnancy tests, available at drug, grocery, discount and dollar stores, are as reliable as the ones in a clinic. Home pregnancy tests are most accurate when used with the first urine specimen of the day. Follow the instructions carefully.

If your home pregnancy test is positive, schedule a visit with a healthcare provider or Planned Parenthood right away. A blood test will confirm or disconfirm your pregnancy. The earlier you know that you are pregnant, the sooner you can consider your options and initiate appropriate care.

If you are trying to become pregnant, ovulation kits can help predict yur most fertile time. The kits are available at a drug store. Begin pre-natal vitamins with folate a few months before trying to conceive.

Signs and Symptoms

Some, but not all, women experience symptoms of pregnancy a couple of weeks after it begins. Symptoms of pregnancy include:

  1. A missed or abnormal period (though not a reliable indicator if your periods are irregular)
  2. Nausea
  3. Unexplainable fatigue
  4. Breast changes, such as enlargement, darkening, or soreness
  5. Headaches
  6. Frequent urination
  7. Heightened sense of smell (strong odors may make you feel sick)
  8. Food aversions and cravings
  9. Morning sickness
  10. Period-like cramping

If your home pregnancy test is positive, especially if the pregnancy is unplanned, it can be a scary time in your life. You have some very tough personal choices ahead of you as you consider your options of parenthood, adoption, or abortion. There are a number of resources on and around campus that can help you make your decision.

Parenthood


IUPUI Campus Health can confirm your pregnancy and refer you to appropriate care. Prenatal referrals are provided to the IU Coleman Center for Women on the 2nd floor of University Hospital (274-8231).

Healthy Start Indianapolis information

Adoption

Should you choose that the best option for you and your baby is to find adoptive parents, there are a number of adoption agencies that can help with this process:

Adoptions of Indiana
1980 East 116th Street, Suite 325
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: (317) 574-8950

St. Elizabeth/Coleman Pregnancy and Adoption Services
2500 Churchman Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46203
Phone: (317) 787-3412

Independent Adoption Center
8122 Madison Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46227
Phone: (317) 887-2015

Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
The Division of Family Resources county offices can provide information about services in your area.

Abortion

Planned Parenthood performs medical and surgical abortions should you decide abortion is the best choice for you. Abortions are performed only up until 13 weeks and 6 days after the first day of the last menstrual period (first trimester). Indiana law requires that women seeking abortion receive certain information in person from a physician or nurse practitioner at least 18 hours prior to an abortion procedure. Parental or guardian consent is required for anyone under the age of 18 in Indiana.

Contact the location nearest you for hours of operation, procedure days, and other important information.

Indianapolis
8590 Georgetown Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: (317) 872-3115

Bloomington
421 South College
Bloomington, IN 47403
Phone: (812) 336-0219

Merrillville
8645 Connecticut Street
Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: (219) 769-3500

Clinic for Women (not Planned Parenthood)
3607 W 16th Street, Suite B2
Indianapolis, IN 46222
317 955-2641

Women's Med
Indianaplis location
800 382-9029