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Jathron
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I'm sorry, but I don't know where to put this and I'm really, really freaking out right now and it's ruining my ability to study for exams because I just can't stop freaking out.

I am a 19 year old girl and in December I was put on Alysena-28 (birth control) to help me deal with my heavy periods. It helped a lot and my periods wound up being very light. My period was very irregular at first, but then started to regulate itself out. The problem is that I just finished my fourth pack of birth control pills, started the fifth on Sunday, but never got a period at all during the placebo pills.

I've read a variety of things about how difficult it is to get pregnant from dry humping, but my boyfriend and I dry humped on February 24th. I had a period on March 10th which was light as always, but now I'm afraid it might have just been implantation bleeding? It seemed normal at the time, but now I'm afraid.

I'm so sorry to be another dry humping scare thread, but I'm seriously SO scared right now. I read the article on this website and everything, but I feel like perhaps fluids might have touched? He was 100% naked and he did not ejaculate. I was wearing underwear and sweatpants and my underwear was wet (from myself) and I'm not positive if my pants were wet or not. If he had precum come into contact with my own fluids, then is there a risk of pregnancy?

Again, I'm so sorry for being so ignorant, but it's freaking me out so bad. I know I should buy a pregnancy test, but I have a great deal of fear about that (embarrassment). Right now I'm having what feels like PMS symptoms + a heavy feeling in my stomach (PMS?) and a little bit of nausea, but of course those can all be symptoms of anxiety, so I'm not really sure what to think.

I guess I'm just nervous because I'm not sure if it's normal to miss a period on Alysena-28? I keep trying to research it, but I'm not receiving results. I'm a virgin and I take my pills faithfully to the minute.

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Robin Lee
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Hi Jathron,

Sometimes the body skips the withdrawal bleed (which is what we call a period when a person is taking birth control pills). This is more common in the first few months of taking the pill.

Plus, other changes, like being under a lot of stress, can contribute to missing a withdrawal bleed, just as they can contribute to missing a menstrual period if one is not on the pill.

Does this help?

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Jathron
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Yes, thank you! So it's totally normal to miss a period and it does not signify that I'm pregnant? I've heard that about the depo shots and other things, but not about Alysena
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Robin Lee
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It's less common with the pill than with other hormonal birth control methods, but it does happen. of course, if you yourself are concerned about pregnancy, you do have the option to take a pregnancy test it you think it would help you stop worrying. [Smile]

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Jathron
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Thank you! Does it sound like there's really much of a chance of me being pregnant at all?
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Robin Lee
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Based on the articles you've read here, do you think there is?

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Jathron
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The odds seem to be against it, but I guess what I'm really worried about is if somehow some precum got onto my pants and somehow ended up swimming through my own fluids?

Ok, after typing that, I guess it does sound kind of dumb, but I guess I'm just scared about being that one rare case where one little sperm managed to find its way up. I guess it's unlikely, but it's just that because it was paired with a missed period. That part just freaked me out a little bit. [Frown]

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It takes more than one sperm cell to create a pregnancy: hundreds, at an absolute minimum.

Have you looked at our content on the main site yet that talks about the realities of how reproduction happens (and doesn't)?

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Jathron
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I've read the one about the pregnancy scare and the one about missing periods. Is there another one you'd suggest I take a look at?
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If those two aren't easing your mind, this is a great next read: Chicken Soup for the Pregnancy Symptom Freakout's Soul
At this point, it's really down to finding a way you can sit with the facts of pregnancy and reproduction and really believe them. By all means, if you think taking a pregnancy test and seeing that negative will help you, that's an option, and the article I linked talks about ways to make this less embarrassing if you want to do that.

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