Pregnancy testing is available at UHS and can be performed as soon as you think you may be pregnant.
Pregnant women secrete a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) in their urine. HCG stimulates the ovaries to produce estrogen and progesterone, which are necessary for implantation of a fertilized egg into the uterine wall. These hormones also aid early fetal development. A pregnancy test uses a urine sample to screen for the presence of HCG. Your provider may order a serum (blood) test when clinically indicated.
How to be tested
Call (413) 577-5101 to make an appointment with a UHS healthcare provider. If, for any reason, you can't keep your appointment, call UHS.
You'll be given a pregnancy test kit, which includes a laboratory slip, instructions and a sterile plastic container for a urine sample. Collect the sample on the morning of your appointment, during your first urination in the morning. Follow the instructions you received. Avoid using any drugs or medications for 24 hours before collecting the sample, since they can affect results. Be sure to check with your provider before discontinuing prescription medication.
Bring the urine specimen, with your name on it, and the completed lab slip to the UHS Laboratory by 8:30 a.m. the day of your appointment. Samples must be tested in the UHS lab.
Test results, medical consultation and referrals will be provided during your appointment. Because of the sensitive, confidential nature of pregnancy testing, results will not be given over the phone unless you've made prior arrangements with your provider.
About home pregnancy tests
Many brands of home pregnancy tests are available over-the-counter and are sold at the UHS Pharmacy. Although reliable, home pregnancy tests have potential for error due to user techniques and interpretation.