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Fyv
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So, I was supposed to get my period like the week of the 25th of may and I haven't gotten it yet. I've been taking birth control correctly since January, and have gotten my period on about the correct time every month. But I've had light cramps all last month and I keep having a light discharge.

And yes, I have been having unprotected sex with my boyfriend, although we've been using the pull out method and he has NOT came inside of me. =/ I'm planning on getting a pregnancy test (friday, after my parents leave for the weekend.) But... I dunno. I guess I'm just really scared. And I haven't been having any symptoms, nor am I waiting for them. Any advice?

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Ecofem
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Hey Fyv, just quick for now. I'm sorry to hear that you're really scared right now!

If I understand correctly, you have been using birth control pills as your birth control method? While BCP are not 100% effective for avoiding pregnancy, they're pretty darn reliable if you've been taking them correctly (everyday at about the same time.) It's good that you'll be getting the test soon but you're probably ok. A period can be missing for so many reasons, including stress. (Has it been an especially stressful time for you lately, like with finals?)

Could your boyfriend get a pregnancy test for you so you can take it now and have peace of mind? Tomorrow another volunteer or I can talk to you more about BC, your relationship, other things to consider, and what else has been going on in your life. (If you're interested, although we certainly consider them all inter-related.) In the mean time, I hope you can get some rest. Hang in there! [Smile]

Here are some articles to check out for now:

What's the Risk? Easy Pregnancy Risk Assessments
M.I.A or, Dude, Where's My Period?
Chicken Soup for the Pregnancy Freakout's Soul
The Buddy System: Effectiveness Rates for Backing Up Your Birth Control With a Second Method

On the Rag: A Guide to Menstruation
Peeing on a Stick: All About Pregnancy Tests
Safer Sex...for Your Heart

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Ecofem
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By the way, something else I thought of when I reread your post? Have you and your boyfriend been recently tested for STIs? Again, what you're describing could very well be a number of factors but it's important and good to rule out any STIs. xo

Testing, Testing...
STI Risk Assessment: The Cliff's Notes
Honorably Discharged: A Guide to Vaginal Secretions
Safe, Sound & Sexy: A Safer Sex How-To
Stamp Out Cramps!
Misconception Mayhem: Separating Pregnancy and Pregnancy Risk Myths from Facts

(I know that's a ton. [Smile] So, you can just pick and choose for now or, if you're having trouble sleeping, can read them all.)

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