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BriAnneeeee9595
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Hello! I'm back again (sorry) lol, anyways I have a question. If my boyfriend were to use a condom and pull out before ejaculation during anal could I become pregnant? Thanks guys [Smile]
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Well, you're already describing the use of two birth control methods, condoms and withdrawal. As with use of any birth control method used when there is genital contact, protection isn't 100% but the more effective the birth control is the less likely pregnancy is. If we were talking about unprotected genital contact, there would be risk as there is with all genital contact, though less risk than with vaginal intercourse.

Does this answer your question?

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Yes! So anal sex can't cause pregnancy if we use these two forms of bc?
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As Robin said, with the kinds of sex that can cause pregnancy, no form/combination of forms of birth control provides 100% protection against pregnancy. It does however greatly reduce your risks of pregnancy.

For info on all kinds of pairings of contraception methods and their combined effectiveness rates, you can check out this article:
The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method

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But anal sex can't cause pregnancy?
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Anal sex IS a form of sexual activity that can pose a pregnancy risk. It's a lower than the risk of vaginal intercourse, but it IS possible to become pregnant from having anal intercourse. Here's a good, short article that clarifies this:
What anal sex is and is not

But as Robin and I stated, because you are using two forms of birth control, your risk of pregnancy is greatly reduced.

Does that make sense?

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But I only see a risk if the male was to ejaculate? He definetly wouldn't so I don't see how there is a risk?
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Pre-ejaculate (pre-cum) can also contain sperm, so even if your partner didn't ejaculate, there's still the possibility of pregnancy.

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Hey, I know I'm a few weeks late.. But my boyfriend and I attempted this on the day I posted this question (the 8th). I was due for my period the 21st (it didn't come but I'm very irregular). Today, however, I started spotting but no heavy bleeding started. Could it be implantation? I figured it's be too late.. And we didn't even do anal because it was too painful. He attempted to put it in but that's basically it. Should I be worried? :/
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There's no way for us to know what the spotting is from, but the situation you described poses a very low risk because of the two forms of contraception you used. So it's highly unlikely that this is implantation bleeding because, as you already know, it's highly unlikely that you are pregnant. A few days late for a period actually isn't late at all, that's more just normal variation in people's cycles.

I also don't think we'll ever tell you that you "should" be worried, no matter what situation you find yourself in [Wink] I think especially in this situation, worrying won't help with anything. I suggest waiting for a bit longer (about a week) to see if your period has started, and if not, you can take a pregnancy test so you can have some peace of mind.

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Ahhh okay lol [Smile] I don't want to go into Christmas worrying, so I'll try not too. Maybe I'll wake up to a Christmas gift of my period. Lol.. Also if a woman is pregnant and implantation bleeding was to occur, how long after conception would it actually happen?
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Have you seen this post yet? http://www.scarleteen.com/forum/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/27/t/023303.html

It contains lots of info about implantation bleeding.

I hope you are able to stop yourself from worrying and enjoy your christmas [Smile] It may help you reassure yourself if you read this:
Chicken Soup for the Pregnancy Symptom Freakout's Soul

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I guess you're right and I don't really have anything to worry about! Maybe my period is just off to a rough start lol. But thank you for the help [Smile]
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No problem! Periods do just vary from time to time without there being anything to worry about, and this is especially the case if you've been stressing out about possibly being pregnant!

So, breathe deeply, read the Chicken Soup article, check back with the Buddy System article to remind yourself exactly how wonderfully effective your birth control pairing is, maybe read M.I.A or, Dude, Where's My Period? if you haven't already, just to reassure yourself by remembering all the other (much more likely) reasons you could have a late period. And then remember to have a great time on christmas [Smile]

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Hi again! Okay I know this is probably gonna seem like a crazy question.. But as I mentioned last month I had anal sex. Since then my boyfriend and I haven't been sexual in any way whatsoever. However, my question is, although I had a period december 25th until probably December 29th or 30th, which is shorter than the average length of time for my period, I'm usually seven days. It was still very heavy and awful cramping. Could I still be pregnant though I did get what appeared to be my period? Thanks and sorry if this is extremely stupid. Lol
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Getting your period is a pretty good sign that you're not pregnant. If you're still concerned though, you can take a pregnancy test.

It is important to remember that our periods can vary, both in the short and long term. A 4-5 day bleed sounds normal for a period. You can read more about menstruation here: On the Rag: A Guide to Menstruation

Hope that helps,

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Nope, getting a period means you are not pregnant. [Smile]

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Thank yall! But also I can usually tell when I ovulate, and I don't think I have this month. I have begun exercising which is something I haven't been doing, and I'm very irregular. Should I be worried at all? I don't believe that I had a pregnancy risk last month because he used a condom and we didn't even have intercourse, just anal, and he pulled out as well. Actually we hardly got started lol. But yeah, imam I worrying for nothing since I did get my period?
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Exercise can certainly have an impact on one's cycle, and if you're irregular anyway, it's not surprising that your cycle is different.

From everything you listed above, do *you* think you have a reason to keep worrying?

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I don't! But I'm a worry wart. Lol what do you think?
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It's not really an opinion thing. Facts are facts. [Smile]

My answer is going to be the same as what's in the material we publish here. [Smile]

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So the fact is that I'm crazy because I got my period so I can't be pregnant.. Right? Haha
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Well, I wouldn't and didn't say you're crazy. [Smile] But yes, again, getting one's period is a pretty solid indication that one isn't pregnant. If you want more assurance, you always have the option of taking a pregnancy test.

I wanted to check in with you about whether you wanted to explore other birth control options, as it's pretty clear you've been worrying a lot about this.

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I would actually like to be put on birth control just for my own piece of mind, however I know my mom would never allow that because she of course would think that I'm having sex, which I won't lose my actual virginity until my wedding night. It's just a tough spot for me I guess lol
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How comfortable and secure do you feel engaging in anal sex with the protection of condoms alone?

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I don't plan on engaging in anal sex again, honestly. I'm not comfortable with him wearing a condom and pulling out. That's not enough for me. Sex is tricky I tell ya. Lol it's caused alot of anxiety and paranoia for me. Though I thoroughly enjoy it I guess im just stuck at a dead end street.
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Well, there are many types of sexual activities that don't pose a risk of pregnancy that partners can enjoy together. Have you and your boyfriend discussed what types of sexual activities you're both interested in engaging in together?

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We have. And these that are risk free would be manual and oral, right?
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You got it.

Here's a list of sexual acitivities than don't pose pregnancy risks:

NO Pregnancy Risks

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Here's a link with lots of sexual activity that pose no pregnancy risk:
NO Pregnancy Risks

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I would actually like to be put on birth control just for my own piece of mind, however I know my mom would never allow that because she of course would think that I'm having sex, which I won't lose my actual virginity until my wedding night.
You know, your mother would be correct, you ARE having sex. Anal intercourse is sex, it poses pregnancy and STI risks, and poses more risks in some ways than vaginal intercourse, like with STIs and chance of injury.

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I'm not going to have anal sex, though. We hardly even attempted it. Thanks for the link though! I'll check it out!
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