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Is this period normal? And do I have an unhealthy phobia of pregnancy?

By Anonymous October 28, 2015 - 6:59am
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So last month my period came about a week or two late, presumably due to stress. (Btw I am a teen and only had my period for over a year). When my period arrived, it was very dark brown in colour, with only red blood occasionally, or only when I wiped. I used to get this sort of period when I first started and was told It is normal. But what worried me was that I have heard that it is a sign of pregnancy and although I didn't have sex, I got a bit of precm on my butt, which I wiped off. So that period finished a week ago now and I'm worrying of being pregnant again due to having concerns about there being sperm on my boyfriend's finger before he fingered me, even tho the finger was dry. I'm so stressed out and just want to know that I'm not pregnant and I'm ok. I constantly worry about this sort of thing. I just want my period to come :( thank you in advance

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to our community with your concerns.

To help reduce your fears, I want to explain a few things.

Preejaculate fluid is s the clear, colorless, viscous fluid that frequently seeps out of the penis during intercourse. The majority of pre-ejaculate fluid had dead or no sperm at all.

After ejaculation, whether by masturbation or sex with a partner, sperm may be left over in the urethra, the tube that semen travels through. Urinating between ejaculations flushes the urethra of these leftover sperm and clears the way for preejaculate. If sperm remain in the urethra from a previous ejaculation, they may be released with preejaculate fluid.

Anonymous, preejaculate fluid coming in contact with your buttock or rectal area did not cause you to become pregnant.

Though your last period was different, as long as you had a normal flow for three or more days, you can consider it a period and proof that you did not become pregnant. Dark brown discharge at the beginning of a period is simply old blood left in your uterus from your last period.

If there was fresh semen on your boyfriend's finger, then there could have been a risk for introducing sperm into your vagina.

It is important to remember that you are most likely to become pregnant when you have unprotected sexual intercourse, with penetration and ejaculation, five days before and on the day you ovulate.

Anonymous, since you are engaging in sexual activity, and have concerns about your menstrual cycle, I urge you to schedule an appointment with a gynecologist. It would be a good time to a have an examination and to discuss birth control options.


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