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jpandsr
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My boyfriend and I always have sex with condoms and always use them diligently (we definitely don't need a child right now). My last period started on August 16th and ended on the 21st. We had sex on the 30th (with a condom of course) and he pulled out not even a minute after ejaculating. We checked the condom for holes/ tears afterwards and there were none. We had sex probably about 2 more times after that with a condom. I started getting sore breasts on the 9th of Septemeber. I always get sore breasts about a week before my period, but my period has yet to start and my breasts have been sore for a little over 2 weeks. They seem to be more sore than normal. I've also had cramps like I'm going to start my period for about a week now but nothing happens. I've never really had regular periods. They can range anywhere from 25 days to 37 days, once was even 54 days between periods, but thats only happened once. Pregnancy seems almost out of the question, but could I be? Also, my boyfriend says I've been really stressed between college starting back up and losing my job and now I'm stressing because my period is late. I know stress can cause late periods, but what is causing my breasts to be so sore for 2 weeks? I also stopped taking birth control pills in March (I was on them for 1 year and 2 months), but I've had a period every month since I stopped taking them, so I didn't think that could have anything to do with it. I just want to know what in the world is going on.
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Heather
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Any time we have the kind of sex that can create a pregnancy, it can be a possibility, since no form of birth control is 100% effective. However, how likely it is is another matter. It sounds like you use condoms properly (assuming they're also on for all contact) and have had no reason to think you may have had a condom failure. So, pregnancy in this case doesn't seem at all likely.

Breast tenderness and soreness can happen for a host of reasons. Certainly PMS is a biggie, but we can also have hormone fluctuations where that happens that aren't related to our periods or a pregnancy. Fibrocystic breasts are common (and nothing to worry about) and can often be more tender. Even drinking extra caffeine can create feelings of tenderness as can retaining water (which is why tenderness tends to happen for a lot of people before periods).

With your irregular periods, I assume you've talked to a healthcare provider about them, including checking hormone levels?

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Yes, that is why I was originally put on birth control pills, but they made my breast sore 24/7 and I was experiencing depression with them so I stopped taking them. I wouldn't be worried if it wasn't for my breasts being so sore for so long. I usually drink 2 large Mcdonalds teas a week (sometimes a few more). I know they have caffeine in them, would that be enough to cause increased breast tenderness. And yes, condoms are on for all contact, we don't even get close unless there is a condom on.
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How we react to things like caffeine is really individual. So, for one person, that wouldn't cause breast tenderness, but for another, it could. Only way to find out if that's what it is is to cut back and see if it helps.

But given how long you've experienced soreness, I don't see any reason not to call into your healthcare provider and see what they say, especially if it's been a while since you had an exam, including a breast exam.

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