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al475
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I was planning on havin sex this friday (14th)i'm using protection and my period starts next monday(17th). So i was wondering is it safe to have sex before your period?

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Heather
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Anytime you have intercourse there is a potential risk of pregnancy. Is that what you're asking?

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al475
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yes

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What kind of protection are you planning to use? The type of protection you're using will have the biggest impact on your pregnancy risk. If you're hoping to avoid pregnancy, the best bet is to use a reliable method of birth control. Here's an article that can help inform you about various methods and what might work for you.

There's no 100% safe time of the month to have unprotected sex without the risk of pregnancy. It can be hard to calculate exactly when you're ovulating, which means that it can be hard to know exactly when your body is the most fertile. This article has lots more information about fertility throughout the cycle and why it can be a bit tricky to try to rely on your menstrual cycle without daily charting if you're hoping to avoid pregnancy.

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al475
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i was planning on using a condom

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Your best bet for reducing your risk of pregnancy is to make sure that you're using the condom correctly with your partner. That's not a 100% guarantee that you can't get pregnant, but it's a highly effective method of birth control (and has the bonus of also providing protection against many sexually transmitted infections). Here's more info on using condoms correctly.
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