Researchers at the UCSF Bixby Center are conducting a study to understand and document the mental health consequences of unintended pregnancy. This study explores the experiences and outcomes of women who suspect pregnancy and seek a pregnancy test. We will follow women who have a positive pregnancy test as well as those who have a negative result to examine the effect of pregnancy and pregnancy intentions on women’s mood, mental health, and decision-making. Although our primary focus is on women’s experiences, we will also gather information about the health and wellbeing of children born to women who have a positive test result and continue their pregnancies.
The Study of Pregnancy Intentions and Mental Health (PIMH) has four major aims: