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hithere
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Ever since the beginning of last year when I started having manual and oral sex with my boyfriend, with which we are pretty careful, I have had the crippling fear of becoming pregnant. I have a long history of anxiety and I was just wondering if anyone else has had this experience and if anyone else has advice overcoming it :/. I had my period this month already and haven't had any sexual contact since and i'm still worried. It's not normal and i don't know what to do. [Frown]
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acgal
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If you have this crippling fear maybe having a sexual relationship isn't the best thing.

Until you feel comfortable with having this sexual relationship, you're probably going to be feeling this anxiety.

Trust me! It is not fun being stressed!

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cool87
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If you had a normal period since last time you engaged in sexual activities, then it's safe to assume you are probably not pregnant. Plus, you have to have had a pregnancy risk (meaning semen has got to come into contact with your genitals) in order for you to become pregnant.

You're certainly not alone being scared about pregnancy though, lots of people are the same way. If you take all the precautions necessary though (which means using a birth control (or even two if you want to lower even more your risks), then this lowers a lot your risk of becoming pregnant. Another possibility if you have a very strong fear of becoming pregnant is taking a break for a while from any sexual activity that might pose a pregnancy risk.

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