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la_latina
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Hi. last wednesday, i had protected sex (condom) with my boyfriend. it had been almost a year since we had sex since i had a pregnancy scare in january and vowed not to have sex in a long time. well, i can usually estimate when i'm going to get my period and am usually be right because of the symptoms i get. When i get these symptoms i usually get it the next day. Well, i got the symptoms tuesday, and on wednesday we had sex. After we had sex, my period symptoms went completly away. i haven't gotten my period and its been three days adn i should of gotten it that same day! is there a possiblility i could be pregnant? i tried calling planned parenthood on friday but nobody picked up. only their machine that tells their business hours, but it was 2 o'clock in the afternoon! well, i'm hoping to get the emergency contraception on monday which will be five days after we had sex. i also want to know that if i am already pregnant, will taking the EC affect my baby? thank-you and sorry so long!
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lemming
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Babe, if you used a condom correctly (for the whole duration of sexual activity) and it didn't break or tear, you have a very low risk of pregnancy. See? What's The Risk? - Five Easy Pregnancy Risk Assessment Flow Charts

If that's the case, you don't need to get EC. However, let me clear something up for you - EC will not hurt the developing fetus if you're already pregnant (that is, if the egg has already implanted in the uterus) - it prevents the fertilized egg from implanting, and that is all.

Because you seem to be so worried about pregnancy, and because you've had a scare before, why don't you consider pairing your condoms with another form of birth control? See this for more: Margaret Sanger’s Disneyland - An easy chart of your birth control options.

Also, you may want to reconsider whether you're ready to deal with an unplanned pregnancy if one occurs: Ready or Not? –The Readiness Checklist.

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Laurel Lemming
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la_latina
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How long after can you get pregnancy symptoms? i was just wondering because my boobs are sore. thank-you.
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logic_grrl
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Pregnancy "symptoms" are a very unreliable way of telling if you're pregnant or not, and it's very unlikely that you'd be experiencing any at this stage anyway.

Check out this post:

Pregnancy "Symptoms" / Am I Pregnant?


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Aria51
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As an aside, 5 days after intercourse is too late to take Emergency Contraception. EC is most effective when taken within three days of unprotected sex.
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la_latina
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hi. thanx for the replys. i was looking up info on plannedparenthood.org and it says u can take the EC up to 120 hours after sex. is this wrong?
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lemming
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You can, but every day - every hour that goes by, the cances of it being effective are less and less.

The figures I have read give it a 75% chance on the first day after (24 hours), then 50% (48 hours), then 25% (72 hours), then less on down.

Basically, if you have had unprotected sex and do not wish to become pregnant, you should get EC as soon as is possible.

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