No birth control is 100% guaranteed. If your birth control has failed you, just remember that you still have options.
1. Use emergency contraception
Emergency contraception, also known as the "morning after pill," is effective for up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. If you didn't take it immediately after, you may still have time. Fortunately, this method is now available over the counter without a prescription, so if you are still within the 72-hour window, head to your pharmacy. Remember, emergency contraception is more effective the sooner you take it.
2. Find support
You can find a counselor or doctor to talk to about your options. You may be scared, upset, or angry. Remember, a doctor or counselor is unbiased, and won't judge you. They will offer sound advice, and help you weigh each option carefully. The doctor or counselor will answer any questions that you may have, and can help you decide the next step to take.
3. Keep the baby
Although at first, you may be scared, you might eventually feel that you are ready for parenthood. If this is the case: congratulations! You need to consider the new responsibilities you will have. Your life is about to change, as you will have a new baby to care for. Ask yourself the following questions:
* Are you ready to put a baby's needs ahead of your own?
* Are you financially prepared to care for and provide for a baby?
* Is your partner willing to help?
* Do you have support from family and friends?
* Will you need to have a full-time job to support the baby, and if so, do you have
Remember, you are making a lifetime decision when you decide to become a parent. Although it can be difficult, it will truly be a rewarding experience if you are ready.
4. Place the baby for adoption
If your birth control failed, and you find yourself facing an unplanned pregnancy, it may be that you are just not ready to be a parent, or you don't want children. Your other option is to consider adoption. Many adoption agencies help with unplanned pregnancies.
Remember, there are many couples out there who, for one reason or another, cannot have children of their own. These couples have a lot of love to give, and they are more than willing to adopt your baby. Places like Guardian Angel Adoptions can put you in contact with these kinds of families.
Adoption is not an easy choice to make, but it may be the best choice for your baby. Many adoption agencies have an option where the birth parents can fully be involved in the baby's life. Maintaining an open relationship with your baby, as well as, the adoptive parents may make adoption easier to handle. You can rest assured that you made the choice to give your baby the best life possible. An open relationship is not mandatory, however. If you feel that this is not right for you, talk to a counselor. There are still adoption options available for you.
While a birth control failure is a situation that no one ever imagines happening, the reality is that it does happen. The best thing you can do for yourself and your unborn baby is to relax. Talk to your partner, and together, you can go over your options. Knowing every option available will help you to make the best choice possible.