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My Birth Control Failed: What Do I Do?

Wondering if your birth control failed can be confusing and filled with a mix of emotions. Many women find themselves facing similar situations and worry about an unexpected pregnancy. But what steps should you immediately take after suspecting your birth control has failed? 

We’ll guide you through the initial actions to consider, emphasizing the importance of a pregnancy test and, if positive, getting an ultrasound.

Getting Pregnancy Tests

Many symptoms appear early in pregnancy. A missed period, tender breasts, fatigue, nausea, and frequent urination are just a few you might notice. But the experience is different for everyone. Other reasons can cause many early pregnancy signs, or you may not have any.

One step you can take is to purchase a home pregnancy test from your local pharmacy. These tests detect the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine, produced after a fertilized egg attaches to the lining of your uterus. 

Many tests are sensitive enough to detect pregnancy hormones up to a few days before your missed period, but experts recommend you take the test after your missed period. 

However, there are cases of false results, whether you have an infrequent period, take the test incorrectly, or too early. It’s best to follow up with a medical-quality pregnancy test. We offer these at Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Clinic at no cost.

Follow Up With An Ultrasound

A positive pregnancy test is a significant indicator, but it's only the beginning of understanding your situation. An ultrasound is vital for several reasons. 

An ultrasound shows the viability of your pregnancy (that your pregnancy is developing with a detectable heartbeat), checks for the embryo's location to ensure it's not ectopic (which can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention), and determines how far along the pregnancy is. 

An ultrasound confirms your pregnancy and gives you the necessary information to open up your options, whether that be parenting, abortion, or adoption.

Get Free Pregnancy Services From Us

You don’t have to take these concerns on by yourself. Take advantage of Hagerstown Area Pregnancy Clinic’s free services, such as medical-quality pregnancy tests and limited ultrasounds. 

Our team is here to provide you with a caring and confidential environment and experts who can guide you every step of the way. 

Contact us to schedule an appointment today.