Despite using birth control, some women will still experience an unwanted pregnancy. But don’t panic. If your birth control has failed, you have options. 

Take a deep breath and know an unwanted pregnancy does not mean the end of your dreams and life goals. Below are some of the first steps you can take to make a confident and informed decision about your pregnancy and future.

First, Find Out If You’re Really Pregnant

It might seem redundant, but one of the first things you should do is confirm you’re still pregnant. As many as 10-20% of all pregnancies will end in natural miscarriage, so it’s possible that your pregnancy has already ended without the need for intervention. 

The best way to know if you’re pregnant is through getting a lab-quality pregnancy test. Birthright of Atlanta offers this service at no charge.

Understanding Your Options

Most women might think abortion is the only option for their unwanted pregnancy, but alternatives are available. You get to choose the option that best supports your physical and mental health and aligns with your future goals.


Adoption comes in all shapes and sizes. Women have the option to remain in communication with the adoptive family as the child grows, or they can choose to remain anonymous during the process. 

You are in the driver’s seat with every decision when it comes to adoption; this includes selecting the adoptive family who will ultimately raise and love your child. 


Abortion is an option in Georgia until the baby’s heartbeat is detected, usually around six weeks from the first day of your last period. An ultrasound is needed to determine this, and Birthright of Atlanta can arrange for one at no-charge.  While most women will be candidates for a medical abortion (also known as the “abortion pill”) within this timeframe, you will want to explore all the physical and emotional implications of the drugs before jumping into the procedure.


The thought of parenting might seem overwhelming, especially if your pregnancy was not planned. Women will need a solid support system to experience success as a new mom. 

The good news is that Birthright of Atlanta offers women a variety of services to help them feel confident in their parenting journey. 

Finding Help

You are not alone in your unplanned pregnancy. Birthright of Atlanta exists to empower women to feel confident in their sexual and reproductive health. If you’re ready to find out more about adoption, abortion, or parenting, reach out to the staff at Birthright Atlanta. 

You can also call our 24/7 helpline at 1-800-550-4900 any time, day or night. You deserve all the information before choosing the best decision for your future. We’re here for you every step of the way.