In Colorado, the law states that minors can access reproductive health care services without parental notification or consent. That means it’s legal for you to take a pregnancy test, start a birth control method, or get tested for STIs without your parents knowing or agreeing to it.
However, we do not perform blood pregnancy tests at Teen Clinic. Here’s why: urine pregnancy tests and blood pregnancy tests are both looking for the hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin). A urine pregnancy tests measures whether or not the hormone is present. A blood pregnancy test, on the other hand, measures how much of the hormone is present. Because of this, blood pregnancy tests are more expensive. They are used to estimate how pregnant someone is.
Because Teen Clinic does not offer obstetric care, we do not offer pregnancy tests that determine how pregnant someone is—only whether or not they are. If you are pregnant, we do offer free or low-cost options counseling. Patients who decide to continue their pregnancies will be referred to another doctor who offers pre-natal services.
Thanks for asking a great question! Feel free to call Teen Clinic at 303-442-5160 to make an appointment for a free or low-cost urine pregnancy test.