Unplanned Pregnancy Help

Steps to Guide You Through an Unexpected Pregnancy

Am I pregnant? Did my birth control fail? Not sure what to do? If you are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, you are not alone. There are 3 million unplanned pregnancies in the U.S. every year. It is important that you seek unbiased and accurate information and unplanned pregnancy help. Use the following links for complete information on the steps you need to take as well as finding out tips on making the decision about parenthood, adoption, or abortion.

Did My Birth Control Fail?

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If your period is late, you may be starting to wonder if you could be pregnant. Other questions that you may have could include: What if I’m pregnant? Did my birth control fail? When will I know, and how can I tell if I'm pregnant? What do I do if I have an unintended pregnancy? Learn about the female reproductive system, ovulation, and conception to help determine if you may be at risk for an unintended pregnancy.

Remember: If you have had unprotected sex or know that your birth control failed (within the last 5 days), keep in mind that emergency contraception may still be able to prevent an unintended pregnancy.

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All About Pregnancy Tests

Pregnancy Tests
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Before you begin to consider the notion that your birth control may have failed, it is a good idea to first confirm whether or not you are pregnant. The best and most reliable way to determine if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. There are several types and brands of home pregnancy tests, but they all work in the same way: They check your urine for presence of hCG hormone. Blood pregnancy tests check for the same hCG hormone; but, these tests detect the hormone in the blood, so they must be performed at a doctor's office.

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Unplanned Pregnancy Help

Unplanned Pregnancy Help
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Once you have confirmed that you are pregnant, you can begin to think about what you want to do. You may or may not wish to have children, and even if you want to have a baby, you may not be feeling ready at this time. Know that it is normal to be experiencing a range of emotions. Regardless of your age (adult or teen), when confronted with an unplanned pregnancy, it is a difficult decision -- perhaps the toughest one you'll ever make. At this point, it is important that you become educated of your pregnancy options. These include: keeping the baby, placing the baby up for adoption, or terminating the pregnancy.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers - Know What You May Be Walking Into

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When deciding between your pregnancy options, it may be helpful to talk about your feelings. Although it is an extremely personal decision, you do not have to make it alone. You may find it helpful to share your thoughts and emotions with somebody who will be supportive such as your partner, a friend, or a family member. You also have the choice to seek guidance from a counselor or health educator who will be supportive and unbiased. Be mindful about seeking support from a crisis pregnancy center. These pregnancy centers may offer free pregnancy tests and appear to provide valid counseling about abortion, adoption, and pregnancy options. Yet, many crisis pregnancy centers can be deceptive and misleading.

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Choosing Parenthood

Choosing Parenthood
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One of your options when faced with an unplanned pregnancy is to continue with your pregnancy and raise your child. Being a parent is often described as one of the most difficult yet rewarding experiences a person can have. The more you understand the responsibilities of being a parent, the more prepared you will be should you choose this option. When considering parenthood, you may wish to think about the costs of raising a child, labor and delivery, single versus co-parenting, and what resources and support you have in your life.

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All About Abortion

Choosing Abortion
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Abortion means ending a pregnancy. Given that unintended pregnancy is an issue that affects thousands of people each year, abortion is one of the most common medical procedures performed in the country. There are several types of abortion procedures, depending upon your stage of pregnancy. It may be helpful to become knowledgeable about abortion facts, the reasons for abortion, and the different abortion methods available.

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Adoption Decisions

Choosing Adoption
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When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, it is normal to be feel overwhelmed and conflicted about what to do. Adoption is the legal act of permanently placing a baby with parents who will raise the child as their own. Even if you know that this is the right choice for you, deciding whether or not to place a child up for adoption is not an easy decision. Learn more about adoption options, resources, and why women may choose this alternative.

Unplanned Pregnancy Support: Choosing Abortion, Adoption, or Parenthood

Pregnancy Options Checklists
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When faced with an unplanned pregnancy, it can be overwhelming as you are likely to be feeling all types of mixed emotions. Making this decision requires a lot of thinking and self-examination on your part. The right choice is the one that works best for you and that you feel comfortable with. When considering your pregnancy options, try to examine each of these choices thoroughly and honestly. Use these provided checklists to help assess your feelings about choosing parenthood, adoption, or abortion.

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How Soon Do I Need To Make a Decision About My Unplanned Pregnancy?

How Soon Do I Need To Make a Decision?
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With all the emotions going through your head, you may be wondering when you need to make your decision about your unintended pregnancy. How soon must you decide? It is best to make a decision as soon as possible, and the reasons vary depending on the choice you make. For example, if you decide to continuing with your pregnancy, it is important to start receiving prenatal care as soon as possible. If your decision is to terminate your pregnancy, you can choose less invasive procedures, like a medical abortion, manual aspiration abortion, or vacuum aspiration procedure if you are still in the early stages of your pregnancy.

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