The Tick (shanrina) wrote in little_details,
The Tick

Teenager finding out she's pregnant in 1966

Setting: Baltimore, Maryland, US, 1966.

Scenario/Question: I have a pregnant teenager (17 years old) who slept with her boyfriend once, and I don't know how she would find out that she was pregnant. It doesn't look like there were any kind of home pregnancy tests until the 1970s. Right now I have it set up that she goes to Planned Parenthood and has a pregnancy test done there, but I don't really know what her appointment would be like. Would she have to wait for her test results, or would she get them right away? Would the fact that she's a minor change what PP is legally allowed to do without a parent involved? I'm also concerned that she might not know enough about the signs of pregnancy to know to get a pregnancy test rather than just going to her regular doctor because she thinks she's sick.

What I've tried: variations on "pregnant teenager 1960s," "history of pregnancy testing," "sex ed 1960s," and "signs of pregnancy." I've also tried reading about the hemagglutination inhibition test that was developed in 1960, but most of what I've been finding covers the more technical aspects rather than how it was really used. I've also looked at the history of Planned Parenthood, but they don't really have the specifics I need for this.

Thanks in advance.
Tags: 1960-1969, usa: maryland, ~medicine: historical, ~medicine: reproduction

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