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techie
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4th March, me and my partner were having vaginal intercourse, and he thought the condom was about to break, so he pulled it out to remove it and replace. Unfortunately, he ejaculated during the removal process, and there was some ejaculate around the perineum and anus.

I took the morning after pill, but due to only having a very small local surgery, and lacking the funds to buy it straight out, I had to wait until about 28 hours after the fact, which reduces efficiency.

My period usually arrives somewhere between the 6th and the 9th, but is so far MIA. I know I can't take a test until either the 14th - if I get an extra sensitive one - or the 18th - if I get a 'normal' one, so really I'm just in the waiting game right now.

I'm a bit scared, and worried. There isn't much I can do right now until I know, but... hugs would be nice.

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On the hugs: http://hellyeahscarleteen.tumblr.com/post/19076905053/a-conundrum-we-run-into-often-when-helping-some-of

The MAP is highly effective when taken with 72 hours after a risk, and can still even be effective 120 hours later. You lose *some* effectiveness after 24 hours, but it's not as drastic as it sounds like you're imagining it to be.

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That said, if your period is already late, you can go ahead and take a pregnancy test now if you like. You don't have to wait more time once a period is days late.

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Really? Because its usually a little bit irregular - and it hasn't even been 10 days since the risk? I don't have the budget for one of those early-response/high sensitivity ones... I don't really want to risk a false negative and wind up in trouble later one.
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Here's the deal: a person can take a pregnancy test and get accurate results as soon as EITHER 2 weeks after a risk OR when a period is late (when it's at least been a few days after the last day you figure you'd expect it, let's say), whichever comes first.

But if you want to slit the difference and wait another few days, go right ahead.

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Oh jeez.

I guess I'll be taking it Wednesday then... (I won't be home alone at all tomorrow, and I don't really want my family to know I'm having a scare until, y'know, the worst occurs.)

Just to check one last time - it'll be just as accurate with a normal test ASAP as it would be if I waited out the 14 days?

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Yes.

The thing is, if you had become pregnant when that had happened, it would have been when or right around when you were ovulating. And while the number of days can vary a lot between people from when a period starts to when ovulation happens, where it does NOT tend to vary much at all is when ovulation happens to when menstruation does: that's almost always a square 14 days for most people.

So, if your period was due quite a few days ago, that likely meant when your risk happened you probably didn't have an egg to have fertilized at that point. Make sense?

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Makes sense! Thanks [Smile] I feel calmer now xD
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I took the test, and I'm not pregnant.

*big sigh*

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