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How likely is it for me to be pregant? : (

By Anonymous July 28, 2010 - 12:25pm
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My boyfriend and I were fooling around (not using any form of birth control or contraceptive) and he accidentally slipped inside of me a little bit; only tip penetration. Obviously he didn't orgasm and we both stopped immediately. This was July 10th. I was supposed to begin my period on the 26th of June. It's now the 28th and I realize it's only two days, but I am FREAKING out. My period is pretty regular. I do not want to be pregnant. I am also supposed to start the birth control pill this month when my period starts, but it hasn't yet. Yes I am a little stressed about my next year in college, and the future, but that's normal for me, so I don't see why that would all of a sudden had an effect. I also saw the gynecologist on the 13th of June and she performed a pap smear. The results were normal and she said everything looked fine. PLEASE HELP! I'm so scared. : (

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Hi anon,
There is a slight chance of pregnancy, but it depends on exactly what happened. Sometimes, women say that penetration was "only the tip" or "only a second"...and that may be 100% true, or it may be wishful thinking (or, after-the-fact "hazy" memory, as during the heat-of-the-moment it is difficult to think straight sometimes!).

Worst-case scenario: if your boyfriend penetrated your vagina without ejaculation (and it lasted longer and/or his penis went in deeper), this is called "Withdrawal Method" of birth control. Basically, it provides up to 70% effectiveness against pregnancy.

Best-case scenario: your boyfriend literally slipped just the tip of his penis in for 1.4 seconds, and immediately withdrew his penis. You two had been physically intimate for a while, and probably no "pre-ejaculatory fluid" was on his penis (this may/may not contain sperm..usually does not and is only a few drops of semen at the tip of the penis when it becomes erect). In this case, the chance of pregnancy would be extremely rare.

If you are really worried, go ahead and take a home pregnancy test. You can wait a week for your period to begin; it really can be late for other reasons than pregnancy, and it is very common for a period to be late...especially in the moment when you need it to start on time! A home pregnancy test would probably be reassuring for you, as it is 99% accurate at detecting any pregnancy hormone once you've missed your period.

I'm glad to hear that you will be using hormonal contraception! Please know that women do miss pills, accidentally, and it is important to have condoms as back-up to use for 7 days if (when) you ever miss a pill.

July 29, 2010 - 1:50pm
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My apologies, I intended to write that it occurred JULY 10th, and I'm waiting for my period for the month of JULY. I'm just so frazzled by the situation.

July 29, 2010 - 10:11am
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