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Animica
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Recently, I had intercourse for the first time with my long-time partner. It was October 2, the 30th day of my cycle (out of what usually is a 33-39 day cycle). We used condoms, lube and he didn't ejaculate. He hadn't ejaculated recently, either. I did bleed a bit and we stopped. We tested the condom for leaks by filling it with water, and it seemed ok. Given that it was so late in my cycle, and that nothing happened with the condom, I don't think I'm pregnant. I bled for a few days after that, maybe 5 days. It didn't seem like a period to me, though. And if it wasn't a period, my period is till MIA. Can intercourse cause changes in the menstrual cycle? Or is it possible to be pregnant?

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As an additional bit of info, I had sticky or creamy CM from the 22-24th of October.

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[ 10-14-2013, 02:52 AM: Message edited by: Animica ]

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Intercourse cannot change the menstrual cycle, no. The menstrual cycle, and more to the point, when periods occur, is something that through the whole cycle, is pretty much setting itself up for when you are going to menstruate. By the end of your cycle, that when of a period is pretty much set in stone.

If someone becomes pregnant from intercourse, that obviously can change the cycle. And if someone's sexual life is causing them stress, then over time, that can impact menstrual and fertility cycles (or rather, the way we take in that stress can).

I can't say for sure, but it sounds to me like you already had your period. 5 days of even light bleeding is way more typical with a period than it would be after intercourse from intercourse, especially since bleeding after intercourse for the first time is actually less common, rather than more, and won't usually go on for days when it does happen. Since it sounds like your condom was used properly, and like withdrawal was also properly used as a backup, so I agree with you, pregnancy seems unlikely here, and the timing wasn't so far off than your usual period, which seems lie it deviates a good deal anyway (a six-day deviation is more than average for regular periods), sounds like your period, to me.

But if you're concerned about this, you can certainly take a pregnancy test for peace of mind.

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Ok, thanks a lot Heather. I'm so used to heavier periods that this one was odd to me. [Smile]
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Sometimes it'll happen that we have periods that look a lot different from what we're used to.

Something I have noticed is that, coincidentally, cycle changes like this often tend to happen -- or more likely, get noticed -- for the first time right around the same time or age that people are becoming sexually active. It's like your body isn't nice enough to realize that timing sucks when it comes to freaking you out. [Smile]

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I think I'll get the test in the next few days and let you know. Haha, it seems my body has really bad timing. [Razz]
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Took one today. It's negative. Thanks again. [Smile]
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