We will not answer ANY questions about pregnancy fear or anxiety in our direct services from users who are not pregnant or who are not or have not otherwise been directly involved with an actual pregnancy.
Please do not post this kind of question. If you are seeing this text, and your thread is locked, it is because you have posted this kind of question.
We CAN and WILL talk about things like:
• choosing and using a method or methods of contraception for any future sexual activity
• creating your own sexual limits and boundaries based on your needs and/or presenting them to any partners
• making sexual choices that suit your own needs, abilities and limitations, including your own readiness for certain possible risks
• help locating or using emergency contraception if and when you have had a pregnancy risk
• discussing options with a real, existing pregnancy, and help finding and accessing those options, such as abortion services and pre-natal care, or discussing feelings or concerns about a past pregnancy
• help with anxiety like locating mental health services, sound self-help or asking for support from friends or family
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You asked about timing in terms of testing, and I hear the logic in your thinking here - you're worried that you may become pregnant if you ovulated before your risk, and are thinking it would make sense to test around the time of an expected period or after 2 weeks of the risk in this case. That's fine - you can absolutely do that. However, you have 3 things to keep in mind:
1) according to the description of the risk, you did not get semen directly on your vulva. Worrying will not make it so.
2) You are on birth control, which keeps you from ovulating. Worrying will not make it so.
3) I don't know where you received the information that most tests tell you to test during the time of an expected period, but timing-wise, that doesn't make much sense. Pregnancy tests measure a hormone called HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), which is produced after implantation occurs. Pregnancy tests that tell you to take a test before a missed period or that they can detect a pregnancy "early" are kind of banking on implantation occurring early-on in the 5-15 day window. A test is considered to be most accurate if you take it once implantation is likely to have occurred.
All this being said, our staff here has been engaging with your questions because we want to help you understand how testing, pregnancy, and birth control work. However, because the context of your post is essentially a pregnancy scare, which is not allowed on the boards, I will ask you to refer to the resources our staff members have already given you.
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For help dealing with a scare (including what poses a risk and your next steps based on your unique situation), you may use our tool on site built for this purpose: The Pregnancy Panic Companion
For help with anxiety, click here
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