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PostPunkSkank
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I know this seems somewhat irrational, however, I'm worried I could be pregnant. Last month, my boyfriend had sex during my period. We used a spermicidal condom every time, and once I was finished with my period we used a condom AND he pulled out. I know it is very unlikely, but I'm stressed out.
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Heather
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Well, any time we engage in any of the kinds of sex that cn create a pregnancy, there's always a risk of pregnancy. The question is how much of one there is.

You used condoms and withdrawal (I'd not say spermicide, since spermicidal condoms aren't any more effective than other without, so it's not the same as adding a spermicide, which would up effectiveness more). If your condoms were put on properly, on for all genital contact, and never broke or slipped off, then already, you can be very sure the condoms prevented pregnancy effectively, all by themselves. If, on top of that, your partner didn't ejaculate during intercourse at all, but withdrew well before then, you're about as close to a zero risk as it gets.

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Is pregnancy risk lower if you have sex while on your period?
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Heather
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It depends. It depends on when in your period, and then also depends on when you, uniquely, ovulate in your cycle.

For most people, yes, it is lower. But since fertility and menstrual cycles vary so much, it's not for others.

But if sperm cells aren't getting inside your vagina in the first place -- which they won't be with proper condom use and a condom that didn't break or slip off -- none of that is even relevant anyway.

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