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My Birth Control Failed. What Do I Do?

Those two pink lines can feel terrifying, especially if you felt you were doing everything you could to avoid pregnancy.

The reality is no birth control method is 100% effective, so it is possible to find yourself unexpectedly pregnant, even on birth control. 

What Should I Do if My Birth Control Failed?

Step 1: Don’t panic! This happens, and you do have viable next steps.

Step 2: Confirm your pregnancy. While a pregnancy test is typically reliable, it’s important to confirm your pregnancy and learn through an ultrasound how far along you are and if there is a heartbeat.

Step 3: Weigh your options. There are three: Abortion, adoption, and parenting. Even if now doesn’t feel like the right time to add to your family, that doesn’t mean it’s impossible if that’s something you eventually want to do. Or, if you’re considering terminating your pregnancy, it’s important to learn more about the possible impact that may have on your mental and physical health before making a decision.

Step 4: Phone a friend. Whether it’s your partner or best friend, mom or other trusted confidante, don’t sit with this news alone. Confide in someone who will have your best interests in mind and who can help you consider your options.

What Do I Do If I Don’t Want to Be Pregnant?

If, after considering all your options, you decide you don’t want to be pregnant, take the time to fully consider the risks of abortion before rushing into a decision. Many women feel pressured to abort because it seems like the easiest decision at the time, but later regret it. Don’t let your decision be swayed by internal or external pressure.

First, schedule a pregnancy confirmation appointment. We offer free pregnancy testing and ultrasounds so you can learn more about your pregnancy. For example, certain conditions like an ectopic pregnancy which is non-viable but threatening to your health, will be important information moving forward.

Second, make sure you understand all of the risks associated with abortion, especially the abortion pill. You owe it to yourself to be fully informed. While we do not offer abortions, we can answer questions about it and offer consultations to help you consider all options.

Finally, take a deep breath. Just because this isn’t the chapter you wanted for your story right now doesn’t mean it’s the end of your story. We’re here to listen and help. Contact us today (or walk in without an appointment) to get the care and support you need as you navigate your next steps.

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