My birth control was replaced with a different brand—not the kind I normally use. My menstrual cycle was off so I decided to go see my doctor to find out what was going on. He gave me a pregnancy test and the results were negative. I was then given a prescription for birth control I had used before and my doctor told me my cycle would straighten out in a couple of months. It never did. I took another test and found out I was pregnant. I have been taking birth control as well as medication for my seizures for the past five months, so I am concerned about possible birth defects. I want kids one day, but I want to make sure that they are healthy as well.
--Submitted by Mae through a member clinic
With the economy in a downward spiral, it’s becoming more and more difficult to manage my expenses. I was very careful with using contraceptives and yet I still got pregnant and I cannot afford this right now. I am already a mother so this is one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. However, the assistance and support I received from NAF’s member clinic in Ohio is probably the only relief I’ve felt during this very lonely time.
--Submitted by Lena through a member clinic
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