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Fender
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My girlfriend and I had sex about 4 weeks ago, about one day after the end of her period. Now, she says she's late, and worried about the risk. We did use a condom, and lube, and were excedingly safe. What I'm curious about, is mostly to put her mind at ease, is less than a week late something to be worried about? If it helps, she is 19.
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Beppie
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If the condom you used didn't break, and no semen came into contact with her vulva during any other sexual play, then it is very unlikely that your girlfriend is pregnant. However, the only way to be sure is to take a pregnancy test- pharmacies and most supermarkets will have them.

Her late period could be due to a number of reasons- perhaps her cycle isn't regular, and things like stress can delay menstruation. Don't just cross your fingers and hope though- if she is by some chance pregnant, then you need to know as soon as possible, in order to work out what you are going to do about it. So go get a pregnancy test pronto!


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Beppie
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Oh, and if she is pregnant, there is also a pretty high STD/STI risk for both of you, so make sure you both get a full screening for those. If she's not, your condom use would have provided a lot of protection, but if you haven't been tested at all during your relationship, it's a good idea to get one done anyway- some STDs/STIs can be transmitted even with condom use, and not all of them are transmitted sexually.
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