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Protected sex, and Next Choice, could I be pregnant anyway?

By Anonymous November 21, 2010 - 7:09pm
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I am 17 and my boyfriend and I had sex(both our first times) for the first time on November 5th. We used condoms, and we had sex maybe three or four times, and used a new condom every time. He only ejaculated once, and to our knowledge, none of the condoms broke. But since I was really paranoid, he bought me the next choice pill, so I took one about an hour or so later. I took the second pill about 3, almost 4 hours later than the 12 hours recommended because I had to get up at 1 am. My last period was on October 13th, so it should have come on the 10th of November. However, my periods are usually irregular, and the Next Choice says that it can delay your period for up to a week. So I waited, and a week passed, and I was really stressed out and worried, because if Next Choice was affecting my period, it should have come on the 17th of November, and it didn't. But then, two days later on the 19th of November, my period came. I still feel worried that I could be pregnant because women have been saying that you can still get a "period", or period-like bleeding even if you are pregnant. So, now I'm waiting for my period to stop so I can take a home pregnancy test. Do you think I could still be pregnant? And how soon after my period stops should I take the pregnancy test?

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No, you are not pregnant!

A menstrual period indicates that you are not pregnant. Yes, it is true that some women may experience some bleeding during a pregnancy, but bleeding in early pregnancy often indicates a miscarriage. If you want to believe what you read about bleeding and pregnancy, be sure to educate yourself on the entire topic (causes, symptoms, probability, outcomes, etc). Most bleeding during pregnancy does not occur on a set cycle (like a period), does not last for 4-5 days then stop again for about 28 days. So, let's look at is what most reasonable and logical for YOUR situation (instead of whatever you can read on the internet that does not pertain to your situation):

- You used condoms each and every time you had sex, which are up to 98% effective at preventing pregnancy.

- You used the withdrawal method most times (boyfriend withdrew penis before ejaculation), which is up to 70% effective at preventing pregnancy alone.

- You took emergency contraception, which is up to 80% effective as an additional birth control measure.

- You had your menstrual period when you were expecting it (a week later, due to the emergency contraception).

Please think about if you are emotionally ready for sex, since you are going through the motions and using every possible combination of birth control (except hormonal contraception, which is even more effective). You are making good choices, and you can trust in them!

November 21, 2010 - 8:40pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Thank you so much, my boyfriend keeps telling me that he doesn't think that I am pregnant, and for the most part I don't really believe that I am pregnant. We took all the precautions we could in the situation, and despite me being a worry wart, it helps to have to someone else with more knowledge on the matter give me some reassurance. I know I probably was just psyching myself out thinking that I could be pregnant even after all the birth control we used. But I just want to be absoulutely sure that I'm not pregnant. But thanks again for your insight. :)

November 22, 2010 - 9:21pm
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