failed birth control

If your birth control recently failed, you’re likely feeling panicked and stressed by the thought that you might be pregnant. This is understandable, but there are steps you can take to gain some clarity right now.

This article will explore the top questions that are likely going through your mind and offer practical tips for moving forward. However, if you want to talk to someone in person, contact Alabama Pregnancy Test Center today to schedule a free, confidential appointment. 

Can I Take Plan B?

Plan B (also known as the “morning-after pill”) is an emergency contraceptive that works by preventing ovulation (and, in some cases, preventing an already fertilized egg from implanting). 

Plan B is most effective if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, and it’s not recommended for every situation. Before seeking Plan B, speaking with a medical provider is essential. 

Could I Be Pregnant? 

Any time you have sex, there’s a chance you can become pregnant. So yes, you might be pregnant. However, the first step toward finding out is to take a pregnancy test

A pregnancy test is a simple, relatively cheap diagnostic tool that measures Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone present during pregnancy in your blood or urine. However, pregnancy tests are most effective if taken on the first day of your missed period. 

If it’s too early to take a pregnancy test (you haven’t missed your period yet), there are certain physical symptoms to look for that could indicate pregnancy, including:

  • Tender, swollen breasts
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Increased urination
  • Fatigue

However, not every woman will experience these early pregnancy symptoms—and these symptoms can also be indicative of other health conditions. 

If you think you should have had your period this month but didn’t, or if you’re experiencing any symptoms of early pregnancy, receive free pregnancy testing at Alabama Pregnancy Test Center. If you receive a positive result, you’ll be offered a limited ultrasound (a vital step in confirming your pregnancy). 

You’re Not Alone in This

Wondering if you might be pregnant can feel overwhelming, but you’re not alone in this. At Alabama Pregnancy Test Center, we’re here for you.

Contact us today to schedule a free, confidential appointment and learn more about all the ways we’re here to support you.