Tuesday, July 24, 2007
At the surgery center and hospitals that I operate in, every woman with a uterus gets a urine pregnancy test. It is difficult to tell the woman who is scheculed for a tummy tuck or breast lift that she is pregnant. They have gone through the mental checks-and-balance sheet and decided they don't want any more children. And if they are younger (scheduled for an augmentation mammoplasty), may not be "ready" to start a family. So I find it difficult (and the nurses tell me even more stories--the woman who came to have a tubal only to find out she was pregnant............). I'm not sure what the "score" is. Some are happy instantly. Some are shocked, but went I check on them later (a day or so) are happy. Some are angry or scared. Some never find the news happy, even a week or so later. I have always been the one who goes and tells the woman, never leaving it to the nurses. I don't enjoy it. Though it can turn out to be a happy event. You just never know. And this happens to me or another surgery every month or so.
Sensitivity of Over-the-Counter Pregnancy Tests: Comparison of Utility and Marketing Messages by Laurence A. Cole; Jaime M. Sutton-Riley; Sarah A. Khanlian; Marianna Borkovskaya; Brittany B. Rayburn; William F. Rayburn (MedScape Article)
Web MD--Home Pregnancy Tests