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SittingPretty12
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Hi,
So I have been on the Pill for 5 years and got off of it a few months ago. I recently had been out drinking and decided to have sex with a friend. I was very intoxicated, but specifically remember him wearing a condom and taking it off (after). Though I was drunk, I consider myself very responsible when it comes to sex. I kept on checking when he would re-enter to make sure there was no slippage. To my knowledge, there was not. I was ovulating at the time so I'm a little worried. Are condoms reliable as the only form of birth control or am I playing with fire not being on the pill? I have no idea when my period is due since I'm irregular since going off the pill. [Frown]

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So, to my calculations my period should have been due anywhere on that Wednesday we had sex (16th) to tomorrow. There are no signs of my period anywhere! I wiped yesterday and saw the faintest brown spot in my discharge. Can having sex delay your period at all? Sorry to double post, I just realized my calculations.

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Condoms, when used correctly, are very effective at protecting against pregnancy. If you used a condom for all genital contact and it did not slip off or break, you do not need to be concerned about a pregnancy risk.

Since your cycles are irregular right now, there is no way of predicting when you would be due for your next period. So if you are worried, your best bet is to wait and then take a pregnancy test at at least 14 days after the risk (that is, if you have not gotten your period by then).

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Okay, thank you! I just have two more questions:

1. I've read somewhere that when condoms break, is is very obvious. Not just a little tiny hole at the tip. Is this true?
2. If I don't get my period tomorrow, should I test or would that be too soon? It would be 4 days since intercourse.

Thanks again!

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1. It tends to be, yes, like a broken balloon.
2. I'd go ahead and give it at least a few more days, just so that you don't wind up having to test again, especially since your periods have been irregular.

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Ok, my period was on time last month (the first month off the pill). So I guess I'm a little late. It's been 5 weeks since my last period. I experienced this the last time I went off the pill. I re-checked and I should have gotten my period last Sunday if it was perfectly on time. I guess I should wait this out. Is it worth it to get Plan B since its been 4 days now or no? Thanks for your help.

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It doesn't sound like the condom likely failed, and thus late in the game, Plan B isn't all that likely to give you much extra protection.

That said, you certainly can opt for that if you'd like, I'd just get it NOW, if so.

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Okay, thank you very much for your help! I will test 14 days from that night.

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I was going to start a new thread here, but I decided to keep this question in the same one since it relates to what is going on.

So, I'm about 6 days past ovulation (I ovulated on the day I had intercourse). Today, I'm experiencing sharp pains in my abdomen area. It feels like a pinch. Of course, I wasted no time and googled it. It says this is common with implantation of the egg. Is this true? Is it possible it's too soon?

Also, I'm experiencing sore breasts right now. So I'm a teeny bit worried. [Razz]

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I'd strongly advise against googling these things, SittingPretty. Pretty much anything is listed as a "pregnancy symptom" on the internet, but most often it's just misinformation.

There's actually no pain with implantation, and it would be much, much too early for your breasts to be sore due to pregnancy.

Condoms are 98% effective at protecting against pregnancy with perfect use, and you've used them perfectly.

[ 05-28-2012, 03:50 AM: Message edited by: Saffron Raemie ]

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You may also find this article helpful:

Chicken Soup for the Pregnancy Symptom Freakout's Soul

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