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copper86
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Hello;

As I've mentioned in another thread, I engaged in manual sex; which was now 17 days ago (I had my period four days later). Being kind of paranoid - and to put my mind at ease - I took a pregnancy test 9 days after the incident and it was negative. I again took a test four days after that(wondering if I had tested too soon the first time; as I know you should wait two weeks to test like this), and though it was also negative, something happened that now makes me worried. (It's also a bit embarrassing; so I'm sorry if this is too much information.)

I was in the bathroom, trying to do this test; and my mom calls me from upstairs and started yelling at me about something. I had just started to urinate on the stick (you need to leave it in the stream for five seconds); and I think it had been there for one or two seconds before she started talking to me. I got kind of upset about her yelling; so I stopped urinating, and then when she stopped, I was still really upset and couldn't exactly urinate a lot afterwards. I got a few more seconds onto the stick; but I'm worried that maybe I didn't urinate enough on it to make it work properly. Is that possible?

The test I took was Life One Step Pregnancy Test. It can be used up to four days before your period is missed. Obviously I didn't miss mine last cycle; but since it had been two weeks, I checked. They say in the instructions that too much or too little urine could cause the test to not function properly; hence my concern. I still urinated on the stick for at least four or five seconds; but again, my mom yelling really threw me off. Is the test still accurate? (It's quite a sensitive test, and it showed up right away that I was not pregnant, just like the last test).

I'm also getting cramps around the time I'm supposed to (my birth control pill makes me get cramps about two weeks before my period is supposed to arrive); but they're a day or two early. I'm pretty stressed, so that might be why. I'm sorry that this post is so long!

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Kachina
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Manual sex does not pose a pregnancy risk, and if you got your period that also means you are not pregnant, so if the pregnancy test came out negative I would say it is accurate.

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I'd say if you were able to get a clear result, you can know it was enough urine. [Smile]

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copper86
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Thank you both, so much! [Smile]

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copper86
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I have one quick question: How long can sperm live outside the body - exposed to air - before it dies (i.e. shower after someone showers, just on the floor)?

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Sperm need the fluid they're in to survive. So as soon as the ejaculate starts to dry up, you can stop worrying.

If we are talking about ejaculate that you washed off in the shower or the sink, there is no risk from that at all. The water takes care of them pretty quickly.

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Thank you for your response! I looked at the article, "Where DID I Come From?" and read that sperm can live up to 20 minutes in unfavourable environments.

I was just referring to any sperm that could've been in the shower; on the stuff that I use (I know it sounds silly). I washed my hands as well. I am also asking because there is so much misinformation out there about the lifespan of sperm. Some sources say it can live for 5 minutes; and others say it can live for hours just on the ground.

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Robin Lee
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One thing to remember is that sperm can't get up and walk. So, even if it could live on the ground, it wouldn't just jump up and into anyone's vagina.

Sperm getting to their destination is a huge deal more involved than them just being able to live. Even though it's usually only one sperm that attaches to an egg, it needs all it's other sperm brothers, plus the viscosity of the semen and the environment of the vagina, to get where it's going. This is why we say here at Scarleteen that direct contact is necessary for a pregnancy risk to be possible.

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copper86
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Thank you so much! I really appreciate your responses! I just sometimes worry about those things (though I try to remind myself that, rationally, those things I'm worrying about aren't likely).

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Sometimes, worrying about pregnancy risks can be our mind telling us that there's something else that doesn't quite feel right, whether it's anxiety over sexual activity itself, or something else entirely.

Worry definitely isnt fun!

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