Some women who discover they are pregnant have been practicing birth control. They worry about the effect birth-control pills, lUDs and spermicide may have on their pregnancy.
If you get pregnant while taking birth-control pills, stop taking the pills, and notify your doctor. Any method of contraception can fail; the chance of failure with birth-control pills is between 1 and 3%. There is a small increase in problems for the fetus if you take birth-control pills while you're pregnant. It is not cause for great alarm, but discuss it with your doctor.
If you become pregnant while using an lUD, notify your doctor immediately. You will need to discuss whether the lUD should be removed. Most doctors usually attempt to remove the lUD, if possible. The risk for miscarriage is higher if your lUD is left in place. The risk for ectopic pregnancy is also higher if you get pregnant with an lUD.
Spermicides have not been shown to be harmful to a developing fetus.
Some women who discover they are pregnant have been practicing birth control.