Unfortunately, no birth control is 100% effective, as you’ve found out. How did you discover you were pregnant? A missed period? A home pregnancy test? Your first step is to confirm your pregnancy with free testing at BsideU for Life.
You May Not Be Pregnant
A missed period and a positive home pregnancy test are usually good indicators of pregnancy, but there is a slight chance you aren’t pregnant. Home pregnancy test companies like to say their tests are 99% effective, but studies show otherwise.
Plus, there is always the chance of user error. It’s vital to follow the directions, wait the right amount of time, and test on the right day. We recommend taking a pregnancy test one week after your missed period at the earliest. The longer you wait, the more accurate your results will be.
Other Reasons for a Missed Period
There are several reasons your menstrual cycle may change. For instance, certain medications such as antidepressants, allergy medications, and blood pressure drugs can cause your periods to stop.
Lifestyle factors such as low body weight, excessive exercise, and stress can change your cycle. An eating disorder, hormonal imbalance, and even your family history can also play a role.
The Possibility of a Miscarriage
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) estimates that as many as 26% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, your body’s hormones may take a while to return to pre-pregnancy levels. That means you can get a positive pregnancy test result even after a miscarriage.
How do you determine if you have miscarried? An ultrasound is the best way to determine if your pregnancy is viable or if you have miscarried. At BsideU for Life, you may be eligible for a no-cost limited ultrasound scan following pregnancy testing. An ultrasound reveals how far along you are and your pregnancy’s location.
I’ve Confirmed I’m Pregnant. Now What?
If you have confirmed your pregnancy with lab-quality pregnancy testing and an ultrasound scan, it’s time to discuss your options. You have three: abortion, making an adoption plan, and choosing to parent. Although Kentucky banned abortion last year, we can share accurate information about abortion procedures based on the number of weeks you’ve been pregnant and the side effects and potential risks.
In addition, we can talk about the pros and cons of placing your child for adoption and parenting. You may find difficulty choosing an option. Rest assured that we’ll help you sort through your feelings and choices so you can make an empowered decision for your future.
Schedule a free appointment with us for medical services and a consultation. Often, same-day appointments are available. An unexpected pregnancy is overwhelming, but you don’t have to face it alone. We’re here for you.