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Could I be pregnant? Really scared

By May 18, 2016 - 7:59am
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I'm a very paranoid person. Me and my boyfriend always fool around, and about 3 weeks ago I gave him oral, I'm not sure if sperm got on his hands or mine during the encounter. After that we dry humped with underwear on and there was no ejaculation. Anyways, I got my "period" on Saturday.(it was 3 days late) It's now Wednesday (5 days) and my period never lasts this long. It's heavy and a lot of clots as well. I know prolonged periods mean you could be pregnant, but is that really possible? Please let me know :(

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Hello Nancylucy123,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. I am glad you reached out to us with your concern about possibly being pregnant. You are not pregnant. A prolonged period does not indicate you are pregnant, but quite the opposite.

The menstrual cycle is regulated by hormones.

Rising levels of estrogen are responsible for the build up of the uterine lining (endometrium). This build up of the lining gets the uterus ready to accept a fertilized egg. As the cycle continues, and no pregnancy occurs, the levels of estrogen decrease. Decreasing estrogen loosens the support for the built up lining and helps to make it separate, and prepare for your period.

The follicle stimulating hormone is made by the pituitary gland. Its purpose is to get a follicle ready for ovulation. Every month between 3 and 30 follicles are ripened for ovulation but usually only one continues to grow and eventually ruptures and releases an egg during ovulation.

The luteinizing hormone that makes the egg (follicle) release from the ovary. This hormone is involved in the process of ovulation – the time in the menstrual cycle when the follicle ruptures and releases the egg from the ovary.

Progesterone is released by the ruptured follicle (one that has released an egg). After the egg is released from the follicle, the follicle closes and becomes a corpus luteum. The corpus luteum secretes increasing amounts of progesterone. This rise in the level of progesterone typically causes a rise in body temperature. If no pregnancy occurs, the levels of progesterone falls and this along with the decreasing amount of estrogen, helps the built up lining of the uterus to separate and for menstruation to begin.

Nancylucy123, a woman may have spotting during her pregnancy, but prolonged bleeding indicates a loss of the pregnancy.


May 18, 2016 - 8:21am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Thank you so much, should I consider this as a miscarriage ? Or just a long period?

May 18, 2016 - 8:47am
Guide (reply to Nancylucy123)

Hi Nancylucy123,

I suggest you contact your gynecologist. Explain what is happening. Your physician can best diagnosis if this is just a longer than normal period or if it is a miscarriage. You may need to be seen in the office.

Keep us posted,

May 18, 2016 - 9:19am
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Okay, so even if I've never had sex and sperm never came in contact with my vagina, I could still have a miscarriage? This is my last question I'm just confused

May 18, 2016 - 9:29am
Guide (reply to Nancylucy123)

Hi Nancylucy123,

There would be no miscarriage if there was no pregnancy. I am suggesting you contact your physician because you said this period is not like your usual periods.


May 18, 2016 - 9:42am
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