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I'm 21 and have been with the same guy for 6 years. My boyfriend and I are not trying to have a baby... but we're not trying NOT to either. My last period started on the 22nd of September, which put my most fertile days somewhere between the 2nd and 6th, according to an online calculator.

We've had unprotected sex 10 times since the end of my period, although he always pulled out RIGHT before he ejaculated, possibly not pulling out entirely a few times. I feel exactly like I do right before my period arrives (lower back pain, really extremely sensitive breats, etc) except... that my period isn't due again for another two weeks. I was under the impression that early pregnancy "symptoms" (as I know that there are no two really alike) didn't show up this early.

Am I just hoping that maybe we have a little one in there somewhere... or is it really that possible?


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A few things fertility calculators are not terribly accurate unless they ask you to do things like chart your basal temperatures & cervical mucus (which most don't do). The majority of those tools available online assume that every woman has a 28 day cycle and that they all ovulate in the middle of the cycle...which we KNOW is not true for everybody. So unless you've been recording your basal temps & mucus, you don't know when you are most fertile (i.e. ovulating).

In terms of pregnancy signs or symptoms...not everyone experiences the same ones or at the same times. So it's not at all reliable to guess based on them. If it's been 10-14 days since your last risk, you can take a pregnancy test and then take another one in a week to confirm the results. Or you can wait for your period.

Finally, if you are not trying to get pregnant, you really should consider utilizing some better form of birth control. If pregnancy is an option you are considering (even if you are not actively trying), you really should consult your doctor and get a full health check and some advice about how to make your body as healthy as possible. If you do "accidentally" become pregnant, even though you are not trying, and your body is not where it needs to be to support a pregnancy, you may have more difficulties or risks during the pregnancy (both to you and to any potential child). This can be especially problematic if you have health issues that you may even be unaware of now (like low calcium, high blood pressure or pulse, high cholesterol, etc.). So I'd really suggest that you either start utilizing some method of protection or that you start planning to make your body and lifestyle (health, finances, etc.) ready for whatever may happen if you continue to not try to NOT get pregnant.

Make sense?

Sarah Liz

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