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Ashy
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posted 06-23-2002 06:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ashy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
First, take several deep breaths. Relax. Lots of stress can delay your period, so try not to panic. Do you feel nauseous, hungry, or dizzy? That's NOT a sign of pregnancy. There are no sure signs of pregnancy except for a pregnancy test. You probably feel that way because you're so stressed out!

If it's been less than 72 hours since unprotected sex, then you can take emergency contraception, better known as the morning after pill. EC prevents pregnancy and is not an abortion, however, this should only be used in an emergency and you should not expect to take EC on a regular basis. For more information, see our article on emergency contraception.

If it's been more than 72 hours, a home pregnancy test is the best way to test for pregnancy. There are no signs (such as dizziness, headaches, etc) that automatically indicate pregnancy.

Home Pregancy Tests (HPTs):
HPTs detect hCG in urine, which is a chemical produced by the placenta during pregnancy. They are readily available at drugstores for $9-$18 USD, so don't hesitate to buy one if you think you're pregnant. A pregnancy test should be taken on the first day that a period is late, or possibly 10 days to two weeks after unprotected sex.

Consumer Reports 1996 rates the following HPTs as "excellent": Answer, Clearblue Easy, and e.p.t.

Did you get your period a few days after unprotected sex? Read here!

Not pregnant? You and your partner have an STD risk, so consider visting a local clinic to get tested. While you're at the clinic, you can also talk someone about various methods of birth control to prevent future scares.
Safe, Sound & Sexy – A Safer Sex How-To
Margaret Sanger’s Disneyland - An easy chart of your birth control options
Testing, Testing…

Pregnant? Check out Pregnancy and Parenting.

[i]Another relevant thread to this topic is located here.

[This message has been edited by Ashy (edited 07-13-2002).]

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ookuotoe
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posted 07-19-2002 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ookuotoe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Vrooom!

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confused333
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posted 08-25-2002 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for confused333     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Up!

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Why does a rose represent love, when a rose always dies??

Friends are like condoms, they help out when things get hard.

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Gumdrop Girl
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posted 03-18-2003 07:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Gumdrop Girl     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
either take a home pregnancy test, or wait 9 months and see if a baby pops out between your legs.

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¿Qué es el dealio?

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