If your birth control failed and you now have a positive pregnancy test, here are some steps you can take next.

Step 1. Remain Calm

Unexpected pregnancy can cause a number of emotions, and you could feel extremely shocked or surprised. Take a deep breath and remain calm. 

While stress and worry come naturally to many of us, they aren’t helpful emotions right now. Take the situation a moment at a time and breathe.

Step 2. Verify Your Pregnancy

While at-home pregnancy tests are accurate, there’s a chance you may not be pregnant with a progressing pregnancy inside the uterus.

Roughly 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage, and there’s also a 2% chance of an ectopic pregnancy. An ultrasound can rule out these complications or point you toward treatment if it identifies potential issues.

If you currently have an IUD in place, your chance of ectopic pregnancy is higher. Getting your IUD removed will also be important for your health, no matter which pregnancy option you choose.

Step 3. Consider Your Options

You have three pregnancy options: adoption, parenting, and abortion. Each will impact your life. To consider your options, you will want to ask yourself the following questions.

  • What are the pros and cons of each option?
  • What are the side effects and risks of abortion and carrying to term?
  • What would my life look like if I chose each option?

Gather information on each one and consider the possibilities.

You may want to talk about your pregnancy with your partner, friends, and family. However, remember that it’s your decision. 

It will impact your life the most, so it’s critical to make sure you aren’t pressured into any specific option and instead choose confidently.

A Hope Center Can Support You!

A Hope Center has supported many women through unexpected pregnancies and provides no-cost services. We are here and ready to help you.

Schedule a no-cost appointment to talk with a caring staff member about your situation and receive the needed services, information, and support. If your schedule is unpredictable, we also accept walk-ins for your convenience.

You’re welcome here!

A Hope Center does not provide or refer for abortions.