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jelly_bean
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the other day i had sex with my boyfriend who was using a condom but i feel that i might be pregnant. but just yesterday i noticed some discharge that usually indicates that i might be ovulating. so can someone ovulate and be pregnant at the same time?
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DarlingBri
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No, you cannot ovulate and be pregnant at the same time.

It is possible to have intercourse, ovulate a few days later, and then concieve, however.

If you're using a condom and it didn't break, there's no reason for you to be paranoid unless there's something your not mentioning, maybe?

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Miss Thang
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I wouldn't be so sure that the discharge you usually get indicates that you're ovulating. It very well could, but I wouldn't rely on it when there's pregnancy at stake here. Take a pregnancy test in a couple weeks and be sure. And keep it safe always. Condom=Good. Condom+the Pill= Real Good!
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how do u feel your pregnant? (sorry im just wondering cuz im worried...)
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ErinK
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The only way to know FOR SURE that you're pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. Since "symptoms" of early pregnancy can really be symptoms of any number of conditions, the only way to be sure is to take a pregnancy test, which you can do ten days after an incident or as soon as you miss your period.

Erin


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logic_grrl
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Also, I wouldn't be too sure that you know when you're ovulating unless:

a) you've been menstruating for more than five years;
b) your cycle is completely regular; and
c) you're monitoring your cervical mucus, taking your temperature daily and charting it, and all the other complicated things that make up "fertility awareness".

Ovulation can actually be a very unpredictable thing, and your discharge can vary for lots of different reasons. So it's not really a good idea to jump to conclusions about it.


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kindascared
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Just wondering: the above post says that you cant be sure when you are ovulating unless you have been menstrating for more than five years. DOes this mean that women who have had thire period can generally go by the 14th day before your period starts? Cause I have a subscription to cosmopolitian magazine, and i was reading an article about most fertile times, and it said that you can generally go by the "14th day thing" but this magazine is also aimed at an older crowd than scarleteen is, so being that I have been menestrating for about 7-8 years, can I kinda go by the 14th day?
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Heather
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Well, here's the schtick about that (and FYI? Cosmo isn't a good source for accurate information on ANYTHING).

One can only do the 14-day-number looking at the cycle that has PASSED. In other words, if I just started my period today, I could count back 14 days and estimate that it is very *likely* I ovulated 14 days before. But without charting regular cycles, that tells me zippo about when I'll ovulate in the next cycle. Moreover, a small number of women ovulate more than once in a cycle, so that leaves them out.

If you want to know when you ovulate, you're going to have to do more work than just counting backwards in a given cycle: you'll need to at least monitor your cervical mucus every day of every cycle, ongoing, and in addition for more accuracy, take your basal remp every morning and chart it. And yep: if you've had your period for seven years, you can start charting -- not counting and guessing -- now.


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kindascared
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Im really sorry about so many question, but yall are always so great about it! Im on the pill and I have been for about 3 1/2 years, so I really cant chart mucus and temperature, because I dont ovulate, right? SO I am asking for imformational purposes and I will know when I start trying for a child a long, long time from now : how would you chart cervical mucus and what is teh difference between temp and basal temp and what happens to the temp of a woman! Does it rise, fall,.. and by how much?
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I know that yall work on a volenteer basis, and Im not trying to rush u,I was just wondering if someone could get back to me on this, I am relly curious about the differences in basal and regualer temp, where to take the temp and what to look for in temperature and so on..Thanks so much! (I have tried searching the net, but can find any details)
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Heather
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Sorry this got lost in the shuffle.

There are LOADS of really good books to be found right at your local library which are very specific about all aspects of charting. We are overdue for an article on that, but I don't have time to write one right now, so the best I can do is an overview. if you want more information, just go ahead and get to the library or book store and have a look around. "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Wexler, for instance, is a longstanding classic on this, and very easy to find.

In short:
Per cervical mucus: During every menstrual cycle, mucus changes pretty noticeably. During times when a woman is not likely, or unlikely to become pregnant, mucus tends to be either very scant -- the term for those days are "dry" days -- or very thick and pasty, usually white or yellow. During times when a woman is most likely to be most fertile, it become the consistency of egg white: very fluid and kinda stretchy. Mucus at the absolute most fertile time is also clear in color.

Per basal temperature: Basal temp, or BBT, is taken by inserting a basal thermometer -- most pharmacies carry them -- a few centimeters into the vagina, every day, right upon waking. Just after fertile times, a woman's basal temperature will generally rise and stay elevated -- and we're talking by very, very small degrees of difference, about .02 from the BBT in the first half of the cycle -- until she menstruates. When she sees that rise, she will then know she did ovulate that cycle.

BOTH these pieces of information are gleaned mainly after the fact. In other words, one charts over time to establish a pattern, and then, if a woman wants to conceive, she will be timing her intercourse or insemination based on predictions made by previous patterns. With BBT, once you see the rise, it's too late that cycle. With mucus, once you get the egg-white mucus, you've also generally missed the window. That's why charting is about predicting patterns.


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