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How long does a period have to be to know that you're not pregnant?

By Anonymous December 12, 2015 - 7:18am
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I lost my virginity on October 3. We used a condom, but I later learned that we did it on one of my fertile days. He says that nothing got out of the condom. I had two periods, both coming on the day they were supposed to (October 22 and November 24), but they were different than normal. They lasted 6 days and during the first days of each the flow was pretty heavy and there were clots and all that stuff, but they seemed to be a lot lighter than usual during the final days, and in the November one the blood was browner than usual too. It's December 12 and I feel like my stomach is bigger than normal (it's always bigger in the evening than in the morning) and it hurts to press down on my abdomen. Last week I was having nausea and there was a lot of mucus in my throat, but I was prescribed something that took away both of those symptoms. I'm only 17 and I have really bad anxiety, so I guess I just want to know if the two periods were really periods and how many periods I have to get to be sure that I'm not pregnant.

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Hello and welcome to EmpowHer,
First of all, condoms effectively prevent pregnancy as long as they don't break, (which yours didn't.)
Second of all, bleeding that occurs during the first months of pregnancy is much different than normal periods.
A couple weeks after conception women often experience implantation bleeding which lasts 1 or 2 days and is just light spotting. Any bleeding that happens after that is also spotting for 1 or 2 days.
Your periods were normal, and you are not pregnant. If you are worried about pregnancy even after using protection and having periods, perhaps you are not ready to have intercourse. Be sure you are comfortable with your birth control methods first, to save yourself to stress.

December 13, 2015 - 12:01am
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Anonymous (reply to fchacon)

Thank you! This relieved some of my stress and anxiety. I've only had sex once, and after this experience I don't plan on having it again anytime soon

December 13, 2015 - 5:38am
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