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proba435
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Is it standard to test for pregnancy when a urine or vaginal discharge sample is collected at a gynecologist's office, assuming that the patient is sexually active? Does it vary from doctor to doctor, or is it something that must be requested specifically when such samples are collected? I'm curious about what is usually determined or measured from those samples, and if pregnancy is usually something that a gynecologist checks for.

Thanks for your time!

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If and when a patient has stated that they are or recently have been sexually active in their intake forms, or when asked, then yes, it's typical to test for pregnancy with a GYN exam and STI screening.

But like with any test, when it's something a patient wants, the best bet is for them to ask for it.

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Thank you for your response. I am in a very similar position to "Ohsoanxious." Though I've known and learned even more about pregnancy, birth control, and pregnancy tests, I too can't move beyond the fear that I may be four months pregnant. I know I likely need counseling but I am too embarrassed to talk about this with anyone. When I even think about telling my story out loud, I feel ridiculous.

I have reasons for thinking I might be pregnant, for example, I experience breast pains that I'd never experienced before; the color of my withdrawal bleed has been different these last two times then it used to be; I've been feeling very hot even though I tend to always be cold; and the biggest one that haunts me is that the first pregnancy test I took last September resulted in a very faint positive.

I just want to move on with my life and stop wasting time and money trying to convince myself that I'm not pregnant.

In your experience what kind of doctors or stress relief have been most effective for women like me?

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Hi proba! You say you're in a similar position to the user Ohsoanxious -- have you read the discussion she's been having with heather? Did anything heather suggest to her work for you?

Really, the thing that has been most effective for helping people with severe anxiety around pregnancy-that-isn't, is getting some in-person professional care like from a counsellor. Do you want to talk about why you're feeling so embarrassed about this? It's counsellors' jobs to help folks with issues and anxieties they're having in life, and as you're already aware, you're certainly not alone in having this fear. So I'd say any counsellor you have has probably worked with someone with a similar fear to yours.

We have a couple of articles here at scarleteen about going to a counsellor for the first time, which you might find helpful:
Sound Counsel: About In-Person Counseling & Therapy
Shrink Cocktail: My Starter Experience of Counseling

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I mentioned feeling embarrassed because I strongly believe I know all of the facts surrounding pregnancy, reproductive system, etc., yet I still have all of this anxiousness about being pregnant. Another way of saying it is that I'm embarrassed to admit I have a highly irrational fear of something that likely isn't anything.

Thank you for the two articles. I did read the thread between Heather and Ohsoanxious, and I think the next step for me is to just visit my doctor to discuss pregnancy with her-not just if I am or not, but also to confirm that everything I think I know about this topic is accurate. And if I still find that I need to, I will seek counselling afterwards.

Thank you all for your help, and thank you for this website.

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You know, pregnancy is a really big deal, no matter how you slice it.

And if it's not something someone wants or feels ready for, and on top of that, they have any other issues in their current life or upbringing that pile more baggage on unintended pregnancy, then I'd say it's unsurprising when someone feels very afraid of it.

And I think you're going to find that many OB/GYNs completely understand that.

In other words, I don't think you need to feel embarrassed about this. I also think you can talk to those healthcare providers about this, though if things like not engaging in sexual activity or only doing so with two reliable forms of contraception aren't helping, then what they'll probably suggest is counseling, which is the sound thing to suggest in that situation.

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Heather, thank you for this website. It's been so invaluable to me. I've contacted my doctor's office and I hope to finally move on with my life.

Thanks for your help also, Onionpie.

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You're so very welcome. [Smile]

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