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Mustard
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I'm expecting my period to start today, but it hasn't started. It has been longer or shorter, but my average cycle length means it should start today.

I felt nausea this week. Today, I had vomiting and diarrhea. I felt better after. I also had some acid reflux this week, and I have been more tired than usual.

We use condoms, but we usually have some unprotected intercourse before he puts on the condom. I know we shouldn't do this, but I like doing it. He has never ejaculated inside me.

How long should I wait to take a home pregnancy test? Are there things I should do before taking the test, in case I am pregant? Such as, not drinking, taking multi-vitamin?

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A pregnancy test will be accurate two weeks after a potential risk, or the first day of a missed period. So if your period doesn't start within the next couple of days, you can go ahead and test.

If you think that with a pregnancy - if you are pregnant - you'd want to remain pregnant and either parent or arrange adoption, then not drinking is a good idea. Multi-vitamins aren't harmful at all, so you can keep taking those.

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Mustard
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Thank you!

I will wait a couple of days to see if it starts. The shortest has been 29 days and the longest has been 39 days, and the average is 33 days. It has been 33 days so far as of today.

If I was pregnant, I would probably want to remain pregnant. Is there anything else that I should do or not do while I wait to find out? I won't drink and I will take my multi-vitamin. Anything else?

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If you're a smoker it would also be important to not smoke until such a time as you knew whether or not you're pregnant.

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Can we talk more about my possible risk? I'm feeling worried because my period hasn't started yet and it's been 36 days. Also, I've had a few things that could be symptoms - nausea mentioned already, and my breasts feeling heavier. At the same time, I dont want to take a test yet because my cycle is irregular and has been as long as 39 days.

I'm worried!

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You said above that you and your partner have unprotected intercourse before you use the condom. Any time there is contact between a bare penis and a bare vulva there is a risk of pregnancy occurring.

When was the last tie you and your boyfriend had intercourse?

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It's way too early for pregnancy symptoms; they just don't show up that fast.

If I can just ask a couple of questions to help myself get a clearer picture on this: when you have intercourse without a condom, does he pull out way before he ejaculates?

Also, how long has it been since you last had any penis-to-vulva contact?

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The most recent time we had intercourse was about 8 days ago. We also had intercourse other times since my last period.

Usually when he pulls out, he pulls out way before ejaculation. Then he puts on a condom and we continue intercourse until he ejaculates in the condom. There was one time when it was closer than usual. That time I would say that he ejaculated within about 1 minute from when he pulled out. I think that was about 16 days ago. I forget exactly what day it was.

I can answer any other questions you may have.

I have read in some places that it would be too early for pregnancy symptoms. I guess I'm scared because I have also read that some women have symptoms as soon as a few days after implantation. I don't normally feel nauseas so it is unusual for me.

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It sounds like most of the time the two of you are practicing the withdrawal method with near-perfect use, which has been found to have a 96% success rate in preventing pregnancy.

We generally suggest taking a pregnancy test about 14 days after a risk. Since the time that your boyfriend didn't pull out as soon was 16 days ago, you certainly could go ahead an take a test.

Also, re pregnancy symptoms and implantation, know that implantation doesn't happen until about a week after the sexual activity. Just an fyi. [Smile] And while some women do experience symptoms right away, in general most don't, which is why lots of folks don't know they're pregnant right away. Heavy breasts are also something a lot of folks experience before their period; is that common for you?

So, what do you think of taking a test now to see, especially since this is making you anxious. .

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I do sometimes have heavy feeling breasts before my period. That is not unusual. The nausea is unusual. I feel mildly nauseas throughout the day for the past few days, including right now. I vomited on Friday.

I think I'd like to wait until the weekend to take a test if I don't get my period by then.

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How likely do you think it is that im pregnant?
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Waiting until the weekend to test sounds just fine. [Smile]

There's really no way to calculate likelihood that you're pregnant. *gentle smile* You did use withdrawal and a condom.

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Thank you!
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I'm having my period now, so there's no need for a test! Yay!

I still have some questions. I want to track my cycles, but I don't know what day this period started. Saturday was the first day that it was heavy enough to need a tampon. On Thursday, when I wiped once, there was a tiny spot of blood, smaller than the size of a penny. I only noticed it because I was looking for it. That happened only once on Thursday and once on Friday. My question is, did my period start on Thursday or Saturday?

I am also wanting to talk about other birth control options.

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Should we move my last question to a different part of the forum? It is off topic from my first post.
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Sorry your question was overlooked, Mustard.

Per your question about tracking your period, usually you'd call Day 1 the first day you had menstrual bleeding. I'd be inclined to say the first day you had red bleeding essentially.

Per your second question, have you been through the Birth Control Bingo! article yet? What types of birth control methods are you considering?

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To track your period, I'd suggest using mymonthlycycles.com

You just click the day you start and it takes it from there. It'll show you the length of all cycles, when you're fertile, and even lets you make notes. I used it for 8 months and it was AMAZING! You can use the free version (which I was using) or the subscription. If you're late, it tells you to test, which is one of the reasons I took a test! I had NO symptoms of the pregnancy. I had ulcers in my mouth, bleeding gums when I brushed/flossed and unusually light cramping for 6 days. I got a BFP!

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(Hey, ES? We appreciate your input, but it would be great if you could stick to threads that are currently active. This one is a month old, and the user's question has been answered. Thanks!)

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