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My Birth Control Failed: What Do I Do?

If your birth control recently failed, you’re likely feeling overwhelmed right now. That’s understandable! The thought of being unexpectedly pregnant can make it seem like your whole world is being turned upside down.

But you’re not alone in this. At Avenue Women’s Center, we understand what you’re going through.

This article will explore steps you can take after your birth control fails. But if you want to talk to someone about the possibility of pregnancy and learn about free resources that are available to help, contact us today. All appointments and services are free and confidential.

Take a Pregnancy Test

A pregnancy test is the only way to know if you’re pregnant—and it’s essential to find out as soon as possible to protect your health.

During pregnancy, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) becomesis present in your body. Pregnancy tests work by detecting hCG in your blood or urine (typically around 10-11 days after conception).

Since hCG levels start low but rise quickly, taking the pregnancy test at the right time is important to ensure accurate results. Most at-home pregnancy tests claim to be 99% accurate when taken correctly. Waiting until after a missed period may yield more accurate results.

Every home pregnancy test is unique. It’s important to check the instructions thoroughly to ensure accurate results.

Get an Ultrasound

If your pregnancy test comes back positive, it may be’s important to follow up with an ultrasound. A scan can give you key information that you may need to protect your own safety during a pregnancy including:

  • Gestational age – how far along you are in the pregnancy
  • Location – if your pregnancy is properly located in the uterus
  • Viability – if your pregnancy seems likely to continue

Knowing these details may help youto rule out ectopic pregnancy and miscarriage and discover what pregnancy options you’re eligible for.

You’re Not Alone

Thinking about the possibility of an unexpected pregnancy can be scary, but you’re not alone in this. At Avenue Women’s CenterHealth, we’re here for you.

Whether you’re looking for free pregnancy tests, limited medical ultrasounds, or other pregnancy services, we’re here to help you feel supported.

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

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.