There are times in life where things just happen. Sometimes we get carried away in the moment and forget to think through the consequences of our actions. Perhaps you recently forgot to use protection when having sex and now you find yourself facing an unexpected pregnancy. This news can be shocking and sometimes almost debilitating. You might be searching for answers or beating yourself up about forgetting protection. Perhaps you feel like this was a huge mistake. And now you feel pressured to make it right. Maybe you’re thinking that the only way to fix this is to have an abortion. What do you do next when you’re pregnant as a result of forgetting contraception?
If you’re considering abortion to fix a past mistake such as forgetting protection during sex, it’s important for you to know you’re not alone. While you’re dealing with doubts, fears, or uncertainties, you can find support at Avenue Women’s Center. Our expert pregnancy consultants can provide you with the information you need about how to move forward in the best way for you. Receive free services to help you with your next steps.
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Moving Past A Mistake
Sometimes when we feel we’ve made a mistake, our brain goes into problem-solving mode. We might experience the need to right our wrongs and somehow reverse what’s already been done. Feeling this sort of pressure can bring more stress into a situation that’s already difficult. Your problem-solving process might have led you to think that having an abortion will fix your mistake. But, what if there are other possibilities? Or, what if you don’t have to ‘fix this mistake’ and you can feel free to live your life without that pressure?
Processing Your Pregnancy Choices
Maybe you’re wondering how there could possibly be another answer. And it can be important to slow down, breathe, and do some soul-searching. To help yourself arrive at different conclusions it could be helpful to ask yourself some questions such as:
- Am I upset about this pregnancy or about the fact that I forgot protection? Will these negative feelings fade away eventually?
- If I choose abortion, do I know which kind I can get? How might I feel about this decision next year? In five years? And does it match up with my dreams and values?
- Have I given any thought to my other pregnancy options such as adoption or parenting? Which of the three sounds most appealing? Which of the three lines up best with my goals?
- Have I only thought this through by myself or have I discussed it with my partner, a close friend, or a professional?
Wherever you find yourself in making a pregnancy decision, it’s important you take time to gather the information you need. You should feel empowered in your choice, not pressured!
Avenue Women’s Center can help you confirm your pregnancy with a free medical-grade pregnancy test. We’ll also help you determine the next steps through an ultrasound exam and a consultation with one of our expert pregnancy consultants. We want to equip you to feel empowered, not pressured. Receive information and support to help make the best choice for your life without feeling the need to try and fix a past mistake. We look forward to seeing you soon!
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The information provided here is general in nature. It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention. Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.