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bottlelids2906
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Hi all. I just signed up because I thought there might be someone on here who could give me some advice or reassurance. Sorry if it's a bit long, but I'd love it if you did persevere!
I realise that the chances of becoming pregnant this way and with the given circumstances is very slim, but I have anxiety issues and really tend to freak out about this kind of stuff. Please tell me if I'm being too paranoid.
Okay, so I gave my boyfriend oral sex around the beginning of December, he ejaculated in my mouth and I had the ejaculate on my lips, I kissed him and then about 5-10 minutes later he performed oral sex on me. I am on the pill (Microgynon 30), so I normally wouldn't have worried about this at all, but at the time I was on antibiotics (penicillin vk) to get rid of my tonsillitis. I know that antibiotics can reduce the efficacy on the pill, but from what I’ve read, the extent of which is debatable. And what makes things worse is that my breasts have been tender for the past week or so. I don’t know if this is due to me being paranoid and constantly poking and pinching them to determine if they're sore or if this is actually a symptom. I don’t think they’re any bigger and I haven’t been experiencing any nausea, just butterflies from making myself nervous.
My tonsillitis came back the other week so I went back to the doctors to get more medicine and I asked him about my pregnany concerns. He said that it was highly unlikely because it wasn’t penetrative sex. He just seemed to brush it aside. I know I should trust what he says, but I worry about everything and this is really freaking me out.
I go on my pill break in a week, so I s’pose I’ll just have to see my period shows up.
Thank you for reading. I'd really appreciate it if you could reply.

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Heather
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Ultimately, we can stop this chain of worry right at the point where you make clear you two only had oral sex. Pregnancy just can't happen the way you're describing.

The risks to be concerned with with unprotected oral sex are sexually transmitted infections, not pregnancy. (And for future reference, those risks get a bit bigger when you're already ill with something, especially an existing infection of the mouth or throat. So, if there's a next time, condoms would be wise.)

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bottlelids2906
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Even if some of the ejaculate was on his mouth when he gave me oral sex?
I really appreciate your reply. I'm now just thinking that the whole tender breast scenario is psychosomatic. I freak myself out a lot.
Thanks again.

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Heather
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Yep.

The thing is, sperm are actually really fragile, so indirect transfer like that just isn't likely to result in pregnancy.

And if it makes you feel any better, understand that antibiotics can interact with OCPs, but that doesn't automatically mean that interaction is about being less effective. And no matter what, an interaction is not likely to make your OCPs totally ineffective regardless.

All of this would be more of a concern with intercourse or direct genital-to-genital contact, but without that, my only concern would be infections, not pregnancy,

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bottlelids2906
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Awesome. I'm so glad I came across this site. You've made me feel so much better. And I'll definitely take on your advice about infections. We'll lay off that kind of thing whilst the tonsillitis is still being a menace.
Cheers.

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If you negotiate the minefield in the drive and beat the dogs and cheat the cold electronic eyes,
and if you make it past the shotguns in the hall, dial the combination, open the priesthole,
and if I'm in, I'll tell you what's behind the wall.

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