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How does pregnancy occur?
What are the days someone is more likely to become pregnant?
How can I reduce my chances of an unplanned pregnancy?
If I miss my period does that mean Iím pregnant?
Where can I get a pregnancy test?
How much does a pregnancy test cost?
If I have unprotected vaginal sex what are my options?
My birth control method didnít work, what are my options?
Can I still get pregnant if my partner didnít ejaculate in me and we used protection?
Is it possible to get pregnant without having sex?
My partner and I use protection some of the time, could I still get pregnant?
My cycle is irregular, can I still get pregnant?
Can I get pregnant if Iím on my period?
When can I take a pregnancy test?
Can pre-cum get me pregnant?
Can you tell if you're pregnant without taking a test?
We took off the condom mid-sex. Now it's painful when I urinate. Why?
I've had negative tests, but I still have symptoms. Should I get an ultrasound?
Does going to the bathroom right after sex decrease chances of conception?
Missed two pills, had sex, missed my period. Test was negative. Is this correct?
We reused a condom. I got the ECP. Could I be pregnant?
Can a gynecologist tell if a woman is pregnant just from a routine exam?
If he came in the condom and kept going, could I get pregnant?
We have unprotected sex but he pulls out. When can I take a pregnancy test?
If I give him oral sex, kiss him, then he gives me oral sex, can I get pregnant?
If I am pregnant and I keep taking pills, what will happen to the baby?
What is the possibility of getting pregnant from pre-cum?
I've had no period, but I'm not pregnant. How do I know when I'm ovulating?
If I got my period, is there a chance I could still be pregnant?
I had 2 positive pregnancy tests, then I got my period. Am I pregnant?
I took the ECP and got my period, but now I'm cramping. Why?
I missed 4 pills so I stopped taking them. I had sex. Could I be pregnant?
If a condom gets stuck inside me, can I get pregnant?
I'm on the shot but I might be pregnant. What will happen to the baby?
What kind of lubricant is safe to use during pregnancy?
I went off the pill and we use the withdrawal method. Could I be pregnant?

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QUESTION: How can I get pregnant?

ANSWER: Pregnancy occurs when an egg is fertilized by sperm and implants into the uterus lining to develop into an embryo. All of these have to occur for pregnancy to occur. Pregnancy can happen when any semen (with sperm) is in or around the vaginal area allowing the sperm to reach the egg to fertilize it.

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QUESTION: What are the days someone is more likely to become pregnant?

ANSWER: A woman is most fertile around the time she ovulates (release of an egg from the ovaries to the fallopian tubes) therefore if someone has unprotected vaginal intercourse up to approximately 5 days (sometimes 7) before ovulation then the likelihood of pregnancy can be higher. Ovulation usually occurs the middle day of a womanís cycle. The first day of the cycle is the first day of a womanís period/bleeding. If a woman is on a 28-day cycle then ovulation would occur around day 14. It is difficult to pin point a woman's ovulation day unless you go through a process to determine the day therefore it is usually an estimated day.

For more information on ovulation, go to:

WebMD - Normal Menstrual Cycle

Menstruation and the Menstrual Cycle

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QUESTION: How can I reduce my chances of an unplanned pregnancy?

ANSWER: Abstinence is the only 100% way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy. If you decide to be sexually active there are ways to help reduce the chances of becoming pregnant. Some of those choices include: barrier, non-hormonal methods such as condoms (male/female), diaphragm, spermicide, and cervical cap; prescribed hormonal methods such as birth control pills, depo provera, the patch, the ring, IUDís, among others; non-hormonal and non-barrier methods such as continuous abstinence, outercourse, withdrawal (high failure rate), and sterilization. If you have insurance through an Illinois insurance company and they cover prescriptions and outpatient care, then, under a new Illinois Public Act, they have to cover prescribed contraceptive methods/devices/procedures (not including ECP's, abortion, or permanent sterilization). If you usually have a co-pay or deductible, it would still apply to contraceptive methods.

Check out Sex Talk for more information on birth control methods.

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QUESTION: If I miss my period does that mean Iím pregnant?

ANSWER: Missing a period does not always mean a woman is pregnant. It is very dependent on when she ovulates (see above) as well as if she usually has a regular cycle. Missing a period could be related to stress, hormonal imbalances, excessive exercise, severe nutrition deficiencies, pregnancy, among other potential factors. If you feel you could potentially be pregnant (i.e. didnít use a birth control method, your usual method failed, etc.) then is it recommended you contact a clinician for a pregnancy test to prove/disprove a pregnancy (see the end of the FAQ for places to go to get a pregnancy test).

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QUESTION: Where can I get a pregnancy test?

ANSWER: If you live in the Chicago area you can see your primary care physician, find the nearest Planned Parenthood location at www.plannedparenthood.org. If you are a UIC student, you can get a free pregnancy test at the UIC Family Medicine Clinic by scheduling an appointment at 996.2901.

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QUESTION: How much does a pregnancy test cost?

ANSWER: Cost of pregnancy test depends on where you go. Some insuranceís may cover the cost, but it is recommended you contact your insurance company if youíd like to know. If you are a UIC student you can get a free pregnancy test at the UIC Family Medicine Clinic by scheduling an appointment at 996.2901. Some Planned Parenthood locations are on a sliding fee scale, which means it depends on how much a person makes as to how much they pay. It is recommended you contact the Planned Parenthood location to find out this information prior to scheduling an appointment.

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QUESTION: If I have unprotected vaginal sex what are my options?

ANSWER: Unprotected vaginal sex can lead to pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted infections (STIís Ė if you want more info about STIís please contact the Wellness Center). If you are worried that you/your partner could get pregnant you can see about getting emergency contraception (EC) within 72 hours of intercourse. EC only reduces the chances of pregnancy from 1 encounter. EC can be obtained through the UIC Family Medicine Clinic (by appointment), Planned Parenthood (by phone, internet, or appointment), or some primary care clinicians prescribe EC. You also have the option of waiting to see if you do become pregnant. The earliest most pregnancy tests can detect a pregnancy is the first day of a missed period.

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QUESTION: My birth control method didnít work, what are my options?

ANSWER: If your birth control method didnít work (broken condom, missed pills, etc.) and are worried that you/your partner could get pregnant you can see about getting emergency contraception (EC) within 72 hours of intercourse. EC only reduces the chances of pregnancy from 1 encounter. EC can be obtained through the UIC Family Medicine Clinic (by appointment), Planned Parenthood (by phone, internet, or appointment), or some primary care clinicians prescribe EC. You also have the option of waiting to see if you do become pregnant. The earliest most pregnancy tests can detect a pregnancy is the first day of a missed period.

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QUESTION: Can I still get pregnant if my partner didnít ejaculate in me and we used protection?

ANSWER: The chances are very minimal, but again, there is always a chance. Using a contraceptive method like condoms or hormonal birth control methods AND withdrawal decreases the likelihood of pregnancy even more (nearly 100%), but it is still not guaranteed.

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QUESTION: Is it possible to get pregnant without having sex?

ANSWER: Oral and anal sex are considered to be fairly safe in terms of getting pregnant, but if any semen gets in or around the vaginal opening then there could be a chance of pregnancy. Of course it still depends on ovulation as well.

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QUESTION: My partner and I use protection some of the time, could I still get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes. Engaging in vaginal sex can lead to pregnancy, but if protection is used consistently (each and every time) and correctly then it reduces the chances of pregnancy. Each birth control method has itís own effectiveness rates as well as pros and cons. It is best to talk with you partner and clinician to figure out the best method for you.

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QUESTION: My cycle is irregular, can I still get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes. If your cycle is irregular, itís more difficult for you to even estimate when you may be ovulating. But, if a woman is ovulating then they have the possibility of becoming pregnant.

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QUESTION: Can I get pregnant if Iím on my period?

ANSWER: Some women can get pregnant if they have sex while on their period as it depends on when they ovulate.

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QUESTION: When can I take a pregnancy test?

ANSWER: Most pregnancy test can be taken the first day of a missed period. It is recommended anyone taking a home pregnancy test (HPT) read the directions as they need to be followed to the tee for accuracy.

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QUESTION: Can pre-cum get me pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, it is possible pre-cum can get a woman pregnant. A male can release pre-cum multiple times throughout a sexual/intimate encounter without knowing. If a condom is used it is highly recommended it is used from erection to ejaculation each and every time.

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QUESTION: Can you tell if you are pregnant without taking a pregnancy test?

ANSWER: There are many signs/symptoms of pregnancy, but the only way to know for sure is to get a pregnancy test as some signs/symptoms of pregnancy are similar to other issues like your period. An Early Pregnancy Test (EPT) or Home Pregnancy Test (HPT) can detect HCG hormone levels in your urine as early as the day your period should have started. HCG is a hormone that is produced by pregnant women. EPT/HPT can be used on the day of your missed period as well as any day after that. There is always a chance that you may be pregnant if you didn't use protection (like a condom and/or an oral contraceptive).

If you are concerned about being pregnant, you may want to see your clinician to confirm or disprove the possibility of pregnancy.

If you want more information about pregnancy please check out www.plannedparenthood.org.

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QUESTION: Me and my boyfriend were having sex with a condom, and it hurt a lot with it, so he took it off. We're pretty serious and have been going out for a while. He promised me that he didnít cum at all after he took it off, but I know I can get pregnant from pre-cum too. The morning after we had sex, I went to go urinate and it hurt a lot. It feels like I have to go really bad, but no urine comes out, and sometimes it bleeds. This has been going on for two days now and Iím really scared that this could be an early sign of pregnancy. HELP!

ANSWER: There are many reasons why this can happen, but it would be recommended you do discuss this with your clinician. As for taking the condom off in the middle, it is not recommended as there can be semen or pre-cum on the penis and if the penis is inserted into the vagina there could be a chance that pregnancy can occur. If the condom was too tight, there are "large" or "magnum" condoms available in stores and at the Wellness Center (if you are a UIC student you can use the services at the Wellness Center). You may experience discomfort if the condom is not well lubricated in which case you can add a water-based lubricant to the condom.

If condoms continue to cause pain to either you or your partner then it would be recommended another contraceptive method is used to reduce the chance of an unplanned pregnancy.

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QUESTION: Hello. I'm writing you all because I am very concern right now. I missed my cycle for 4 1/2 moths now but I took two pregnancy tests at the doctor and they came out negative. My breasts are tender, I feel very nausea and light headed and my stomach is enlarging. I really don't know what else to do. I really want to get an ultrasound done to see if something is inside because if so the baby is going to need medical attention. I just want to know is it possible that I could be pregnant and if so how long does it take for it to show or is it possible chance that it can't show even if I'm far along already?

ANSWER: Pregnancy tests can detect HCG hormone levels in your urine as early as the day your period should have started (first day of a missed period). HCG is a hormone that is produced by pregnant women. Pregnancy tests can be used on the day of your missed period as well as any day after that.

There are many questions you may want to ask yourself including if missing periods is normal for you, if you had any drastic weight changes (especially weight loss), significantly increased your exercise routine, or if you have high levels of stress? All of these and other factors can affect your menstrual cycle.

As always, if you are sexually active and having vaginal intercourse, there is a chance of pregnancy. As for the two pregnancy test you took at your doctors office, it would depend on when you took them as to if they are reliable. If they were taken before you missed your first period then they may not be as accurate. But, if they were taken after missing your first period then they would be more accurate.

As for getting an ultrasound, you would need to discuss this with your clinician.

If you are sexually active and do not wish to get pregnant or contract/transmit sexually transmitted infections (STI's) it would be recommended a contraceptive is used. There are numerous contraceptive methods available including birth control pills, condoms, etc. Condoms are the only method that can provide some protection against STI's.

If you are still concerned about the possibility of being pregnant, you may want to see your clinician again to discuss your situation and your options.

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QUESTION: Does going to the washroom immediately after sex decrease your chances of conceiving? What about the age old idea of raising your legs immediately after intercourse to increase your chances of conceiving. Is this true?

ANSWER: Washing or urinating after sex will not stop semen and sperm that have already entered the uterus through the cervix. Additionally, some people believe that having sex in certain positions or laying a certain way after having intercourse, will force the sperm in or out of the woman's vagina. In truth, positions during and after sex have nothing to do with whether or not fertilization occurs. When a man ejaculates inside of a woman, the sperm are deposited well into the vagina. The sperm will, by nature, begin to move up through the cervical canal immediately after ejaculation.

The most important things you can do when trying to conceive is to make sure your body is healthy; if you are trying to conceive, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with your clinician. S/he can help you identify ways to get your body ready for conceiving a baby.

Information taken from: http://www.clevelandclinic.org.

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QUESTION: I had sex after my period, missed 2 days of my pills, and had sex like a couple weeks later, and I missed my period all together for the month. I had blood taken and they said it was negative. Could there be a chance that I am pregnant or would that blood test be correct?

ANSWER: Missing pills can significantly decrease the effectiveness of oral contraceptives, making pregnancy among sexually active users a greater possibility. However, missing pills can also alter one's menstrual cycle, even if pregnancy does not occur. Periods may be heavier, lighter, early or late, depending on the number of pills missed.

A pregnancy blood test or a pregnancy serum test is a test that measures the exact amount of the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), in the bloodstream of a woman to detect pregnancy. Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone that is produced by the placenta of a pregnant woman. Blood tests can detect a pregnancy earlier than a home pregnancy test. They can detect it about 7-12 days from possible conception and can also measure the concentration of human chorionic gonadotropin hormone in your blood.

False negative results are a rare occurrence, especially in blood pregnancy tests. A false negative result is when the test says you are not pregnant but you are. However, if you think you might be pregnant, it is recommended that you retest to confirm or disprove your suspicions.

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QUESTION: 6 days ago I had sex with my boyfriend, he put the condom on, but he didnít come in but after he took it off and he put it back on and we had sex, Iíve had the 72 hour pill about 30 hours after we had sex, do you think I could be pregnant or have anything to worry about?

ANSWER:If you had/have unprotected sex then there is a greater chance of an unplanned pregnancy than if you used protection correctly. Condoms are meant to be used only once and when they are taken off of the penis they should be thrown away and another condom should be used if you are intimate again. It is not recommended you take a condom off and put it back on even if he didn't ejaculate as there is also pre-cum that could be in the condom.

By taking emergency contraception pills within 72 hours after sex, it can reduce the chances of an unplanned pregnancy by 75-89%. ECP can be taken up to 120 hours after sex, but they work best the earlier you take them.

There is no way for us to know if you are pregnant or not. Please see the Pregnancy FAQ for more information on how you can/cannot get pregnant. The only way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy is abstinence from vaginal sex. Use of a contraceptive method can reduce the chances of an unplanned pregnancy, but none are 100% effective. Only condoms can reduce the transmission/contraction of some sexually transmitted infections.

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QUESTION: Can a gynecologist tell from a routine exam whether a woman is pregnant or not?

ANSWER: At a routine gynecological exam, your clinician will talk to you about a number of things, such as your personal, family, sexual, and medical history. From there, s/he will usually determine your risk for pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections, among other things, and will order and perform laboratory tests accordingly. Routine gynecological exams will also include a pelvic exam (including a pap smear) and a breast exam.

If you are concerned about being pregnant, it is important that you inform your clinician. S/he will run a pregnancy test to confirm or disprove pregnancy. If you are pregnant, s/he will be able to discuss your options with you (including keeping the baby, abortion and adoption). Additionally, if you are not pregnant, and do not wish to become pregnant, your clinician can help you determine the form of birth control that is right for you and your body.

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QUESTION: I was having sex and I came when wearing a condom but we carried on having sex is it possible for her to get pregnant from doing this?

ANSWER: When using a condom, it is important to pull out before the penis softens, and hold the condom against the base of the penis while you pull out, so that the semen doesn't spill. If semen spilled in or around your partner's vagina, pregnancy is possible.

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QUESTION: I had sex with my bf right near ovulation. He did tell me he could not get me pregnant because of his prostate problems. We did have sex without protection, but he pulled out because I felt it best. Now I have sore breasts and bloated. Can I tell within 12 days after conception if I am pregnant, using a home preg test?

ANSWER: An Early Pregnancy Test (EPT) or Home Pregnancy Test (HPT) can detect HCG hormone levels in your urine as early as the day your period should have started. HCG is a hormone that is produced by pregnant women. EPT/HPT can be used on the day of your missed period as well as any day after that. There is always a chance that you may be pregnant if you didn't use protection (like a condom and/or an oral contraceptive).

It is important to remember that sperm can survive in a woman's body for up to 5 days, so if your partner ejaculated in your vagina before you ovulated, your chances of becoming pregnant may be increased.

If you are concerned about being pregnant, you may want to see your clinician to confirm or disprove the possibility of pregnancy.

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QUESTION: I gave my boyfriend oral sex. We then kissed for a while, and then he gave me oral sex. What are the chances that semen was passed from my mouth to his to my vagina? I know you cannot tell me whether or not I am pregnant, I was just wondering if you think the semen could've been transferred in this way, and if it was likely to be transferred.

ANSWER: It is not possible to get pregnant from oral sex, however unprotected oral sex puts both partners at risk for a number of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), whether they are giving or receiving genital stimulation.

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QUESTION: What happens if Iím pregnant and don't know it and Iím still taking my pills?

ANSWER: Continuing to use any birth control pill during a pregnancy without knowing will not abort the fetus and it is unlikely it will have an effect on the development of the fetus.

But, depending on they type of pill you're taking as progestin-only pills may increase the change of ectopic pregnancy; where the fertilized egg begins to develop outside the uterus - usually in the fallopian tubes. Ectopic pregnancies need to be attended to quickly as they can be dangerous and life threatening. Signs/symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy could include sharp, stabbing pains, cramps, a dull to severe headache, blood loss, or other abnormal symptoms. If you feel you may have an ectopic pregnancy it is recommended you contact your clinician or midwife as soon as possible.

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QUESTION: My boyfriend and I have protected sex and the other night we didnít. It was our first time doing it unprotected. We both decided on taking it out when we started to feel it and he did. I am very worried that I can be pregnant from the pre-ejaculatory fluid because we did it more than once and I donít know what to do. What is the percentage of getting pregnant and if there is any way of me getting the emergency contraception pill at the age of 16.

ANSWER: It is important to remember that having unprotected sex can increase your risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Even if you are monogamous (faithful) with your partner, s/he may not be monogamous with you; therefore it is important to protect yourself by using a barrier method of contraception, such as a condom, each and every time you have a sexual encounter. Additionally, oral contraceptives (i.e. birth control pills) can provide further protection against pregnancy, however, they do not protect against STIs or HIV.

There is no way for us to know if you are pregnant or not - no matter how much information you give us. If you want to know if you are pregnant we will always recommend you see a clinician for a pregnancy test.

Some women use Emergency Contraception Pills (ECP) when they are concerned they might be pregnant from a particular sexual experience. It is important to remember ECP can reduce the chance of pregnancy by 70-80%, if taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex; after 72 hours, the effectiveness decreases. If you need ECP, please see the ECP FAQ link for a list of providers in the Chicagoland area. If you have additional questions or concerns, it is recommended that you speak with your clinician.

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QUESTION: I haven't had a period in 4 months, but I am not pregnant. I am trying to get pregnant now. How will I know that Iím ovulating so I can get pregnant?

ANSWER: It would be recommended you see your OB-GYN as s/he can help you determine the best route to take in determining if you are ovulating.

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QUESTION: I HAD SEX DURING MY OVULATION BUT ME PERIOD STILL CAME COULD I BE STILL PREG? SOME GIRLS THAT I TALK TO TELL ME THAT YOU COULD GET PREG? AND STILL HAVE YOUR PERIOD?

ANSWER: If you had sex during the time at which you were ovulating, your chances of becoming pregnant are definitely higher than at any other time during your menstrual cycle.

Although usually a woman will stop having menstrual periods if she is pregnant, bleeding during pregnancy is not uncommon. Because pregnancy is such a common cause of abnormal bleeding, it is recommended that you see your clinician if there is a possibility that you might be pregnant.

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QUESTION: I took two pregnancies test on two different days and they both came out positive but now my period is on.

ANSWER: When using home pregnancy tests it is important to follow the directions exactly as they appear on the insert. If the directions are not followed the results may be altered.

Some women experience "spotting" while they are pregnant. It is not unusual to have some bleeding during the first trimester of a pregnancy. Occasionally, some women "spot" throughout a pregnancy; if you truly are pregnant, this may be what you are experiencing.

Talking with a clinician and getting a pregnancy test from him/her may help clear up any questions you may be having at this point about a possible pregnancy.

If you are a student at UIC you can receive a pregnancy test for free at the UIC Family Medicine Center on the west side of campus. To schedule an appointment you can call 996.2901. Other locations to get a pregnancy test in Chicagoland can include Planned Parenthood locations. To find the nearest Planned Parenthood location please visit www.plannedparenthood.org and type in your zip code to find a health center near you.

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QUESTION: I had unprotected sex a few weeks ago, and took the morning after pill. About a week later I got my period on time. Now, I'm having very very slight cramps in my abdominal area, even with or slightly below my belly button. I was wondering if I could possibly be pregnant or have an ectopic pregnancy even though my period was normal.

ANSWER: The likelihood of pregnancy is slim, but you can take a pregnancy test to confirm or disprove this. If you are a UIC student you can schedule an appointment with the UIC Family Medicine Clinic to have a pregnancy test done for free. To schedule an appointment please call 996.2901.

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QUESTION: I AM CURRENTLY ON BIRTH CONTROL BUT I MISS ABOUT 4 PILLS SO I DISCONTINUE THE PACK OF PILLS. NOW I HAD SOME BLEEDING ABOUT A WEEK AFTER I MESSED UP. I HAVE NOT GOTTEN MY PERIOD AND I HAVE HAD SEX WITH MY BOYFRIEND UNPROTECTED. CAN I BE PREGNANT?

ANSWER: There is a possibility of pregnancy if you are having unprotected vaginal sex with your partner. If you wish to get a pregnancy test and are a student at UIC you can contact the UIC Family Medicine Clinic at 996.2901. If you do not wish to go to UIC Family Medicine or are not a UIC student you can check out our list of pregnancy testing sites on our web site.

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QUESTION: My boyfriend and I were having sex and he pulled out after he ejaculated while inside me. He was wearing a condom, however when he pulled out- it got stuck inside of me. I was able to remove it, but does this mean I can get pregnant?

ANSWER: Yes, there is a potential you could get pregnant as the semen-filled condom was stuck inside of you. But, it does still depend on when you ovulate. If you are worried about the possibility of being pregnant, you can take the emergency contraceptive pill within 72 hours of having sex (sometimes it can work up to 5 days, but the earlier it is taken the more effective it is). If you are past the 72 hours, you can take a pregnancy test or see your clinician.

You can get a prescription for emergency contraceptive pills (ECP's) through Planned Parenthoods website (http://ec4u.org), by phone (1-866-222-EC4U/3248), or going to their offices.

If you are a UIC student you are able to visit the Family Medicine Center for ECP at 1801 W. Taylor Street, Suite 4E or making an appointment at 312/996.2901.

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QUESTION: the nurse said I was pregnant but I'm still on the shot, and she's afraid ill lose the baby. What are the chances? and if I don't lose the baby could being on the shot effect the baby? Some one please help me??

ANSWER: One of the contraindications for using Depo is "known or possible pregnancy". When you receive any prescription drug, you should have the opportunity (or given a copy) to read the product information sheet/patient information sheet printed by the drug company (it's the thin sheet of paper in the box/bag that is usually all folded up with very small print on it). This information has just about everything the patient should know about the drug they are taking/being administered. This information for Depo (and most other drugs) is also available on their website, www.depoprovera.com (very top right corner there's a link that says "Important Product Information").

One thing the physician section states is that "neonates from unexpected pregnancies that occur 1 to 2 months after injections of DEPO-PROVERA Contraceptive Injection may be at an increased risk of low birth weight, which, in turn, is associated with an increased risk of neonatal death. The attributable risk is low because such pregnancies are uncommon." There are many more indications for use during pregnancy, but, again it may be best if you check out the site yourself or ask your clinician about the chances and effects.

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QUESTION: What kind/brand of lubrication is safe for use during pregnancy?

ANSWER: During pregnancy you can use really any lubricant. If you are using any type of latex barrier (condoms, diaphragm, cervical cap, etc.) you will want to use a water-based lubricant (Slippery Stuff, KY Jelly, AstroGlide, etc.). It is difficult to clean oil-based lubricants out of the vagina or anus, therefore you may want to stay away from using lotions, petroleum jelly, oil, etc.

If you or your partner is prone to yeast infections it may be a good option to use "Slippery Stuff", which is the only glycerin-free lubricant on the market right now. Glycerin is a sugar derivative and can foster yeast infections. The UIC Wellness Center offers "Slippery Stuff" in our office located in B19 of the Student Center East (formerly CCC).

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QUESTION: I went off birth control for a while because I was feeling very noxious from the intake. However, I did not stop having sexual intercourse. We are using the withdrawal method and he ejaculated inside me during my period. Moreover, sorry for the details, but one night after intercourse, I felt something inside me and with ejaculation on my hands, I put my finger deep inside me. I wasn't the smartest cookie that night nor am I being too smart anyhow. Does it matter that the ejaculation looks like blobs of white semen? Is there sperm in blobs of white semen? Can I be pregnant? High probability? Sorry for the details. Thank you for your time.

ANSWER: There could be a probability of pregnancy depending on your cycle and when you ovulate. By the way you are writing, you also know there is also a possibility that you can get pregnant by putting semen-covered fingers into your vagina as well.

Now, if you have been using the withdrawal method before this incident then pregnancy could occur at any sexual encounter prior to the one you are asking a question about. Even though you and your partner are using the withdrawal method, there is still pre-cum that can impregnate you. Use of condoms and the withdrawal method correctly and consistently can drastically increase the effectiveness rate of both methods.

If you are worried about pregnancy, you can take a pregnancy test to see if you are pregnant. Most over-the-counter test can be taken within a week of a potential pregnancy. A negative test may not be an absolute negative, but a positive test is pretty accurate.

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Important Numbers and Web Addresses

UIC Family Medicine Clinic
(UIC Students receive free pregnancy, HIV, Chlamydia and gonorrhea testing)
996.2901

Emergency Contraception Hotline (24 hours, English and Spanish)
1-888-668-2528

Planned Parenthood General Information
1-800-230-PLAN

Planned Parenthood EC by phone
1-866-222-EC4U (3248)

Planned Parenthood Emergency Contraception Information

General ECP information
The Emergency Contraception Website
Walgreens Birth Control Information


Online ECP prescription websites
http://www.getthepill.com

http://www.morningafterpill.net

 

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