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Crisy
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I had sex the day I came off my period, which was 1 week ago, we used the withdrawal method (he pulled out before he came), but Ive heard this isnt a very good form of contraception. Ive been feeling sick and ive had tummy upsets but this is probably just nerves isnt it? Could I be pregnant? Whens the soonest I can take a test? This was also my first time having sex so im pretty nervous. Help!
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KittenGoddess
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You're right, withdrawal is a horrible "method" to use. There absolutely is a pregnancy risk (and an STI risk) associated with that kind of contact. Our own founder, Heather, is the result of parents practicing withdrawal.

You can take a test 10-14 days after sex and expect an accurate result. You'll also want to see about getting a full STI screen and talking with someone about your birth control and STI prevention options.

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Crisy
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Thanks so much for getting back to me what about the tummy upsets and feeling ill could that just be nerves?
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It certainly could be just nerves- it's also norovirus season now too, so it could be something as common as a stomach bug as well, for example. You can't really use symptoms to tell if you're pregnant- not only would it be way, way too early for you to be feeling any different, there are also lots of other things that can cause the same symptoms. So, all you can do is wait until you've taken a test to be sure!

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Crisy
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Thanks, sorry to keep bothering you but r u sure using the test before im due my period will be accurate, ive heard if you want to get accurate results its best to use it when your due your period.
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I'm 100% sure! Pregnancy tests are accurate 10-14 days after a risk, OR the first day of a missed period- whichever comes first.

To explain simply, 10-14 days is how long it would take for a pregnancy to occur and to produce enough of the hormone detected by pregnancy tests (hCG).

In fact, waiting 10-14 days is generally more accurate, especially since many young women have irregular periods and often can't be sure when their period is actually missed.

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(If you want to check the results, you can do so by either waiting for when your period would show up and then testing again...or simply by waiting a week from the first time you tested and re-testing then.)

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Thank you so much for all your help, I cant believe i didnt use this site before!!
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Crisy
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1 more question then i swear ill stop asking things im just really curious and anxious. when do the 1st symptoms of pregnancy show up and what usually are they? cuz my biology teacher says its sometimes sickness and you can get this any time from the 1st week.
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Honey, there are no reliable symptoms of pregnancy other than a missed period, a positive pregnancy test, and/or giving birth. Any "symptom" can easily be related to a million other things...the flu, a virus, stress, etc. Also, the typical "symptoms" generally don't show up right away. Things like morning sickness and breast tenderness (which are not symptoms, but rather are just side effects associated with pregnancy) are related to hormone changes caused by pregnancy...and the hormones won't be present in significant enough amounts to cause these things until further into pregnancy.

There is absolutely no point in looking for symptoms. It is a waste of time and only adds to your stress.

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Thanks
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