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thisiswatching
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Hi, I love this site, this is my first time posting. I have been so worried lately it is hard for me to function. I am getting worried that I am pregnant.

I have never had intercourse, and me and my boyfriend have never even seen each other naked. Normally we rub our bodies against each other, him in boxers and me in underwear and jeans/pants. But on Saturday (3.5 days ago) I was wearing a skirt for summer and so it was just my underwear and his boxers. His semen was mostly in his boxers I think but I felt wet from it on the side of my leg and the bottom-side of my underwear.

I read after that me not being fully clothed makes this at risk of pregnancy so now I am really stressed (http://www.scarleteen.com/pregnancy_risk_assessment_dry_sex) I will make sure to wear shorts under my skirt from now on if this is going to make me "fully clothed" and move the risk to 0.


But at this point I am really worried because today is the 36th day since the start of my last period. In my records over 1 year, I have had a cycle ranging from 30 to 35 days (I am 23 so I think it is pretty regular by now). I am thinking about buying emergency contraception today, although I am not sure if I am morally ok with it. What do you think I should do?

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atm1
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First off, emergency contraception is *contraception.* It works the same way as normal birth control pills: by preventing pregnancy. It does not do anything if you are pregnant already.
For more info about EC, I encourage you to read this article:
10 Common Myths, Misunderstandings and Big Ol' Lies About Emergency Contraception


If your panties were a pretty thick cotton that covers you well, I'd say there's a minimal risk and I would not advice EC. If they were thin or very small, there's more of a risk if his semen did leak out of his boxers, though that risk would likely still be small. It's up to you whether or not you want to get EC.

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thisiswatching
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Ok, thanks! I ended up taking Plan B on Wednesday, 4 days after the original act. I still haven't gotten my period though. It has been 39 days since the start of my last cycle, I don't remember ever missing a period before, and it is making me pretty scared. I am planning on taking a pregnancy test as soon as I can. : (
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One of the most common side-effects of EC is late or missed periods. All those hormones can really confuse your body. So rather than driving yourself nuts waiting for a period, you may want to just take a test at 10-14 days after the risk to know what's going on.

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