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Is it normal for me to feel bloated weeks after sex? I am a girl

By Anonymous May 10, 2011 - 4:31pm
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Recently i had sex for the first time. I did use a condom, plus i made him pull out before he ejaculated even with the condom. But i did let him use my washcloth afterwards, then i used it , i just washed the outside of my vagina. Is it possible that i can become pregnant from that? But a few days later i had my period and it was regular. The actual day i had sex was April 16 2011 ,i started my period on the 19th i believe. I have been eating a little more lately. Ive been bloating (or perharps jus a few extra pounds) and having more vaginal discharge than usual. Im really hoping that these symptoms are occurring because it is close to my period. They started happening about 2 or 3 days ago. But i want to know if its possible to still be pregnant if u have had ur period a few days after sex? PLEASE HELP! THANK YOU.

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No, I don't think you are pregnant. Glad that I was able to help. Take care of yourself and always practice safe sex.

May 13, 2011 - 5:19pm

What you describe sounds like a menstrual period. It lasted 6 to 7 days, right? You filled and needed to change a pad or tampon several times throughout a 24 hour period, right? One thing to remember, what you pass during a menstrual period is the lining in your uterus that builds up each month. This build up is what nourishes a fetus if you should conceive. If you do not conceive, the lining is shed and passes as the vaginal flow of a menstrual period.
The difference between spotting and an actual period is -spotting is just small amounts of blood spots on your underpants or a pad while an actual period is a moderate amount of blood that fills most of a sanitary pad or fills a tampon.

May 13, 2011 - 4:36pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

yes i filled a tampon and a pad, several times throughout the 6 or 7 days. It seemed to be just another monthly visit from my friend.It starts off light, gets a little heavier and then gets lighter again towards the end. (thats normal for me) But i was completely oblivious to the things you have recently taught me. Now, i am pretty sure that i am not pregnant. Because of your help, i feel like a load has been dropped, i am feeling better physically and emotionally. YOUR THE BEST! But JUST to clarify, do you think i am pregnant? And is there the slightest chance of me being pregnant?

May 13, 2011 - 4:58pm
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Ok. So because i had my period 3 days after the sex, im absolutely NOT pregnant! Right? Or is it possible that the blood just had to be released because it had already accumulated? I think it was my period. I doubt it was spotting because it was about 6 -7 days, very normal for me. And also , is there a way to tell the difference between spotting and an actual period.?

May 13, 2011 - 5:32pm

Absolutely possible! The mind is very powerful in that way.

May 12, 2011 - 5:13pm
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Thank you so much! You Are very helpful. Also, i believe that i have been feeling under the weather because i'm so scared of becoming pregnant, and i have somewhat convinced my self that there is a great chance of that being true. Is it possible that maybe i am making my body and brain believe that this is really happening?

May 12, 2011 - 2:20pm

Hi Anonymous,
Now that you have become sexually active there are a few basic bits of information that can be helpful and also will answer your questions.
You can't have your menstrual period while you're pregnant.
Some women do have vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. Some even report intermittent bleeding that seems like a regular period to them. But vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is not the same thing as menstruation.
Menstruation only happens when you're not pregnant: Each month, your uterus grows a thick blood-rich lining in preparation for an egg to embed there. If you don't get pregnant that month, you shed this tissue and blood – that's your menstrual period.
But once an egg embeds in the uterine lining, hormones tell the blood-rich tissue to stay intact to support the growing baby. And you won't shed it and start having your period again until your pregnancy is over.
Increased vaginal discharge is normal at some time during the menstrual cycle due to increased cervical secretions. Bloating, weight gain and water retention are all premenstrual symptoms.
It is good that your boyfriend used a condom. You may want to consider a form of birth control, such as oral contraception, for yourself. This is something which you need to consult your doctor or healthcare provider to determine what method is best for you.
I suggest that you not repeat using the same washcloth to your genital area after your boyfriend has used it on his genitals. Sperm can live outside the body for a few minutes to a few hours. Sperm remaining on the washcloth can then be transferred to your vagina. The probability of getting pregnant by doing this is very low, but to be safe, don't do it again.
Hope this information has been helpful.

May 10, 2011 - 5:05pm
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