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Pregnancy testing before a procedure

Why does my daughter need a pregnancy test?

Before certain tests, it is Children's standard policy that all girls who are at least 12 years old, or younger girls who have started their periods, are screened for pregnancy. Anesthesia, sedation, certain other medicines, or exposure to radiation can pose a serious risk to pregnancy. We need to know whether or not a patient is pregnant in order to provide the safest care possible.

The test is fast and easy, and can be done at your primary care clinic up to seven days prior to the procedure. If not already completed, it will be done at Children's before the scheduled procedure.

How is the test done?

Your daughter will be asked to provide a urine sample for testing. If she is unable to urinate, a blood sample will be used. If a blood sample is needed for other tests, some of the blood can be used for the pregnancy screening.

Very rarely, a false-positive result can occur, and further testing would then be needed.

How are the results shared?

Following "Minor Consent" laws, the results of this test will be told to your daughter. Your daughter has the right to decide how she will share this information.

If a girl is found to be pregnant, resources will be given to help her make the best decisions for herself.

Questions?

This sheet is not specific to your child but provides general information. If you have any other questions or concerns about the test, please ask the doctor.

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This page is not specific to your child, but provides general information on the topic above. If you have any questions, please call your clinic. For more reading material about this and other health topics, please call or visit Children's Family Resource Center library, or visit www.childrensmn.org/educationmaterials.

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