My Birth Control Failed: What Do I Do?

If your birth control recently failed, you’re likely feeling worried that you might be pregnant.

This is understandable. But there are steps you can take to gain the clarity you need right now. This article will explore those steps, but if you’re looking to talk to someone about your options, contact Attleboro Women’s Health Center  to schedule a free, confidential appointment.

Take a Pregnancy Test

The first step toward finding out if you’re pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. This simple, relatively cheap diagnostic tool detects human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG), a hormone that’s present in your body during pregnancy.

While pregnancy tests are widely available at most drugstores, at Attleboro Women’s Health Center, we offer FREE, medical-grade pregnancy testing.

Get an Ultrasound

Getting an ultrasound is the second step for confirming your pregnancy. If you get a positive result on your pregnancy test, getting an ultrasound is a simple way to learn essential details about your pregnancy, including:

  • Gestational age
  • Location
  • Viability (or signs of life)

Knowing these details will help protect your health by ensuring you’re not having an ectopic pregnancy (a life-threatening medical emergency) or a miscarriage (which needs medical follow-up to ensure you don’t face complications).

We offer free, limited ultrasounds because we believe that you deserve to have the information you need to stay safe.

Is Plan B an Option?

Plan B (also known as the “morning-after pill”) is an emergency contraceptive that works by preventing ovulation (or, in some cases, implantation of a fertilized egg).

Plan B is only an option if it’s been less than 72 hours since unprotected sex, and it’s not an option for every woman. If you’re considering Plan B, it’s essential to speak with a medical professional to learn if you’re eligible because there are numerous dangers to taking Plan B..

We’re Here for You

The emotions that surface alongside the idea of an unplanned pregnancy can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this. At Attleboro Women’s Health Center, we’re here for you.

Contact us today to learn more about our free resources and services. All appointments are free and confidential.  Same day appointments may be available.