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I think I’m pregnant

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Figuring out if you’re pregnant is not always an easy thing to do. If you aren’t planning a pregnancy, you might be worried and scared. These feelings are normal.

When you’re pregnant the following things might happen:

  • You miss a period;
  • You’re tired and don’t have much energy;
  • You vomit;
  • You have food cravings;
  • You need to urinate more than usual;
  • You have tender or swollen breasts.

It’s important to remember that having one or more of these signs does not necessarily mean you’re pregnant. There might be other reasons why you are experiencing these symptoms.

If you think you have one or more of these signs, it might be helpful to go and see your doctor. Check out the Get Help section for more information about how your doctor can help you.

Testing to see if you’re pregnant

Taking the step to test if you’re pregnant might be scary. But knowing if you are pregnant will allow you to move forward in deciding what to do next. Having support from a friend or someone you trust while you’re figuring out if you’re pregnant can be helpful. Here are two ways you can determine if you’re pregnant:

Home pregnancy test.  Home pregnancy tests are available at most drug stores and pharmacies. Most home pregnancy tests work 99 out of 100 times if used after a missed period. They can be less effective if you take the pregnancy test too early, if you do not use it correctly, or if the expiration date on the pregnancy test has passed.

Seeing your local doctor or go to a family planning clinic. Your doctor or the staff at a family planning clinic like Planned Parenthood will be able to let you know if you’re pregnant. These professionals will also be able to talk to you about the best ways to look after yourself during the pregnancy. If you are pregnant and you’re unsure about what to do, they might also be helpful people to talk to about your options. Your local phone book or yellow pages online should list the doctors and family planning clinic in your area.

Sources and more information about pregnancy:

Planned Parenthood Federation of America Pregnancy fact sheet

Sex, Etc.

 

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    Mau19

    Guys I need help. Im bothered and full of doubts because i think im pregnant Sept 5 2015 is my last sex with my bf. my due date of my period is September 19 2015 but im irregular. i tried 3 pregnancy test all results are negative but still bother because i experience pregnancy symptoms like frequent urination, and i think my areolas became darker and larger. and i experience sore breast. that usually happens before my period on September 26 i notice light blood in my underwear it just a spot on the next day spot again it in sept 30 and oct 1 i need to use napkins i think the color is red. the blood in my underwear lasted for 6 days. after that lots of milky white discharge occured until now. i use pregnancy test again last sept 6 2015 and still negative but still bother

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      ReachOut

      Taking several negative pregnancy tests is usually a pretty good sign, especially considering your period not being regular on a normal basis.  This site can answer a lot of your questions when you’re in the middle of a pregnancy scare: http://www.scarleteen.com/article/bodies/the_pregnancy_panic_companion

      You can always visit the forums, and talk this over with your peers, anonymously.  To get there, just click “forums” at the top of this page, or go here:  http://us.reachout.com/forums/forum.php  It’s a supportive place where people just talk things over, and encourage each other. 

      Be safe!
      —The ReachOut Crew

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    irishgal

    Hi, I am 18 and cannot decide if I am experiencing PMS or early pregnancy synthoms. Although I have not yet have sex with my partner, he ejaculated on my upper thigh. I was wearing light underwear but I am due my period now and beginning to get paranoid. Am I simply being paranoid or is there a chance I could be pregnant? I’m extremely scared and need advice asap, thanks

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      ReachOut

      From what you describe, it sounds really, really unlikely that you could be pregnant!  But since your relationship has moved in that direction, it seems like a good time to think about planning for a sexual relationship.

      This site has some great info about pregnancy scares:  http://www.scarleteen.com/article/bodies/the_pregnancy_panic_companion
      You can also click around on that site and find some information about staying safe from pregnancy and STIs.  Maybe you and your boyfriend could read it together!

      Did you know that we have forums to discuss this and anything else on your mind?  To get there, you can click the word “Forums” at the top of the page, or go here:  http://us.reachout.com/forums/forum.php

      Take care, and be safe!
      —The ReachOut Crew

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    o

    Hi,

    I’m worried i could be pregnant. I dont know if i’m just paranoid or if something is really going on.

    My boyfriend and I usually put it in without a condom for a few times, then we put a condom on the rest of the time. I’m worried about pre-cum, and if I could be pregnant from that?

    I’ve been on birth control going on my 5th pack, and I’ve only missed 2 pills. One of them i took double the dose the next day, like it said to, and I got sick and threw it up 7 hours later. We haven’t had sex since then, just in case, and that was about 4 days ago

    I have lower back pain and bloating, and acne is getting worse. It could just be i’m about to get my period? My period has been pretty whacky getting used to the birth control, so i really don’t know when to expect it

    I’ve taken many pregnancy tests, and they’ve all been negative. I’m just worried that it might be too early and it’s a false negative?

    Any Advice/thoughts?

    thanks

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      ReachOut

      A pregnancy scare is… well, scary!  The best way to avoid them is to always use contraception as directed.  So, use the condom right from the beginning, because yes, you can get pregnant from pre-cum.  And take your pills every single time, around the same time every day, without skipping any.  That’s the safest way!

      But what about now?  You’re still concerned.  There’s a site that has great info, and it will help you a lot.  Just go here:  http://www.scarleteen.com/article/bodies/the_pregnancy_panic_companion

      Did you know that we have forums to discuss this and anything else on your mind?  To get there, you can click the word “Forums” at the top of the page, or go here:  http://us.reachout.com/forums/forum.php

      Let us know in the forums how things are going!
      —The ReachOut Crew

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    Zorro

    Hi I am 17 years old, My partner and I lost our virginity, After that, she is bleeding and I want to know how long it takes before it stop? Actually it is start last saturday.
    And we didn’t use any protection so we are so afraid that maybe she get pregnant. If it possible that she will be pregnant even she is bleeding?


    Help me please!

     

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      zeechie

      Hello, I’m 15 and have been living in hell for about 4 weeks. My periods are usually pretty regular, either landing on the 28th of the month, or the 3rd. It is now the 5th, and I have no period. I had unprotected sex after my boyfriend ejaculated into a condom, we took it off, cleaned his part and proceeded to have it unprotected for about 20 seconds. I know it’s not very high risk, but I also know it’s there.The act of intercourse was the 14th of June, and I’m 80% sure I either ovulated on the 21st or 22nd.I felt a sort of twitch where my ovaries are that day. Well, my breasts have been sore, and I’ve been having cramps and awful tummy problems for the past few days. I’ve taken four pregnancy tests, two before my period, and one the day after, and one this morning. All the same result, negative. I know I sound crazy, but am I pregnant? Why isn’t my period here?

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        ReachOut

        There’s nothing scarier than a pregnancy scare when you’re 15, right?  Of course we can’t tell if you’re pregnant, but this site can answer a lot of your concerns:  http://www.scarleteen.com/article/bodies/the_pregnancy_panic_companion

        If it turns out you’re not pregnant, maybe it’s a good time to see about a better form of birth control, so you don’t have this kind of worry in the future?

        If you want to talk it over in our forums, you’re always welcome there.  To get there, just click the word “Forums” at the top of this page, or go here:  http://us.reachout.com/forums/forum.php  It’s anonymous there.

        Take care,
        The ReachOut Crew

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      ReachOut

      It is very common for a woman to bleed following her first sexual experience.  It shouldn’t last long.  Any time you have unprotected sex, you risk pregnancy.  Using condoms will greatly reduce that chance, though, so it’s recommended to always use one. 

      If you want to talk it over in our forums, you’re always welcome there.  To get there, just click the word “Forums” at the top of this page, or go here:  http://us.reachout.com/forums/forum.php

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    madeamistake

    so, me and my boyfriend had intercourse monday 5/18. we used a condom and I’m pretty sure he ejaculated, but when he pulled out the condom stayed inside of me. he pulled it out and we both kinda freaked out. i went to the bathroom and peed, but that probably wouldn’t make a difference. I think I’m supposed to get my period around this time.

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      ReachOut

      For future knowledge:  It’s always a good idea for your partner to grasp the condom as he withdraws, just to be safer.  If this happened close to the time when your period was due, it’s less likely to cause pregnancy.  If your period doesn’t arrive in a week or so, you could try a pregnancy test, or visit a doctor or clinic.  Chances are, you won’t need to, though!

      It might be a good time to consider another form of birth control.  Visit bedsider.org for some great information about various forms of contraception.

      Stay safe,
      The ReachOut Crew

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    Nataly

    Hi I’m only 15 recently actually today on 05/12/15 my boyfriend and I got very sexual he’s always been very respectful but today things got out of hand . We got very intimate and thought we would have sex ... But we did NOT have sex and neither of us have I am still virgin and have never had sex . But as I mentioned we got very sexual I did rub him and cum came out ? He rubbed his penis around my vaginal area I did my research and pregancy is a possibility . I am very scared and can’t talk to my parents because they are every strict please help as soon as possible ....

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      ReachOut

      It’s possible, but very unlikely to get pregnant without penetration.  But… now you know how quickly things can move, and it’s a good time to get prepared.  You might want to talk about boundaries with your boyfriend, if you’re not comfortable, or if you are, you will probably want to start carrying condoms, or seeing about other protection.

      Stay safe!
      —The ReachOut Crew

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    e

    Hey, I had sex about 3 days ago. Yes I know it’s really early for me to think that I’m pregnant but I’ve been getting these tummy cramps and I’m extremely worried that i am. The condom didn’t break but my boyfriend took his penis out and then put it back in again but still with the condom on. I’m so worried, I haven’t told my parents because I am quite young to lose my V card.

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      ReachOut

      We can’t really know if you’re pregnant or not, but tummy cramps aren’t usually an early sign of pregnancy.  If you miss a period, or you’re just really worried, you can pick up a pregnancy test from a drug store, and see what it says. 

      Maybe it’s time to consider talking to your parents, and getting a more reliable form of birth control?  You don’t want to have this kind of stress and uncertainty all the time!

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    jose22

    Hello I lost my virginity with my girlfriend it was like a week ago and she has been getting random stomach cramps. Does this mean shes Pregnant?

    • avatar1

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      ReachOut

      Pregnancy doesn’t usually cause stomach cramps.  It’s probably a good idea to visit a doctor or a clinic, just to see what’s going on.  Make sure you and your girlfriend are staying safe!

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    Chris3

    Hi,I’m on the depo injection, that is supposed to work for 3 months, I went to the local clinic to get it, the nurse said I only had to wait 24 hours for it to take effect. its supposed to be 97% effective. 12 days later I had sex with my boyfriend, but a few days later a friend of mine also got the injection at a pharmacy but that nurse told her to wait 14 days for the same injection. Do you think I should be worried? because one of the side effects are that you don’t get your period,what do you think? should I go Buy a home pregnancy test?

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      ReachOut

      It wouldn’t hurt to take a test, but it sounds like you followed the instructions you were given.  Remember that the depo shot is only intended to protect you from pregnancy, but does nothing to protect you from disease.  Using a condom every time will greatly reduce your chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease, and is a smart habit to start!  Good luck to you!

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    popcultur

    okay, so my boyfriend and i had sex (my first time) on the 10th. we used a condom that didn’t rip or tear, and he didn’t cum. however, there was pre-cum on the inside. it’s the 26th today and I expected my period about 5 or 6 days ago, and my nipples feel really painful when i touch them. could I be pregnant?? please help me out because i’m really really freaking out and scared about this.

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      ReachOut

      Hi popcultur. The only way to know for sure if you’re pregnant is to be tested. You can buy a home pregnancy test at any drugstore or you could visit your doctor or local Planned Parenthood center. Wishing you the best!

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    alice000

    Today and rubbed my boyfriends penis in my labia/vagina area, but didn’t put the penis inside of me. I am not sure if my boyfriend had pre-ejeculation, because I put baby oil on his penis before doing it. I regret it and will be careful in the future. I even bought condoms right after for next time. . I am scared I am pregnant.

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      ReachOut

      Hey there,

      The behavior you describe could be risky.  Don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor or local clinic about either birth control or emergency contraception, if you are concerned.

      We’re thinking of you!
      —The ReachOut Crew

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    Jacy

    Hey, me and my boyfriend recently started having sex. We had sex today, he ejaculated, but 3 minutes later we used another condom and had sex again. The thing is the condom ripped while we were having sex. Is there any chance I might be pregnant?!

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      ReachOut

      Hi Jacy,

      Yes, there’s some chance of pregnancy happening with a torn condom. Be sure he’s leaving a little room at the end, and perhaps consider using some water-based lubricant, such as K-Y jelly.

      You’re in the window for using a “plan B” method.  This fact sheet will tell you more about it:  http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/emergency-contraception

      Good luck!
      —The ReachOut Crew

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    behappy4

    I had sex with my boyfriend on Nov. 12th,  and the condom ended up breaking. We stopped as soon as we realized it, and I had asked if he ejaculated inside me or the condom, and he’s sure he didn’t. But I’m worried that there could of been pre-cum that went inside me? Also,  last month my period came about a week early, (October 14) , and after having sex on November 12th, i got my period 3 days later (November 15th). Is there a possibility that I could still be pregnant?

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      friend56

      i had sex with my girl friend just 5,6 hours before..i ejacuate on her thigh.Is their any chance of getting pregnant…

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        ReachOut

        If there was penetration without a condom, then there is always a chance of pregnancy.  A male leaks some fluid before ejaculation, and it contains live sperm, which is enough to cause pregnancy.  He can’t feel it happening, or control it.  You can read more about condom use here:  http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/condoms

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      ReachOut

      Anytime a condom breaks during penetration, there is SOME possibility of pregnancy occurring, but from what you describe, you’ve already had a period, so it seems unlikely that this happened.  If you continue to be concerned, or begin to notice signs of pregnancy, you should take a pregnancy test, and/or contact your doctor, medical professional, or family planning clinic. 

      Take care, and stay safe!
      —The ReachOut Crew

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    PopPunk

    Ive been on the pill for almost a month and i had protected sex with my bf but the condom broke, the second it broke we stop, it was a small rip. The condom has spermicide on it and he doesn’t think there was pre cum, is there still a chance i could be pregnant?

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      ReachOut

      Since you’ve been on the pill, the chances of pregnancy are pretty small, assuming you’ve been taking it as directed.  You’re smart to use a condom, though, to protect against diseases, and as a “back up plan” for your other contraception.  If you continue to be worried, you can take a home pregnancy test, or visit your local family planning clinic.

      We wish you the best!
      —The ReachOut Crew

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    Mama_bear

    I’m going to be 18 in a couple months and I think I’m pregnant.. AGAIN. I had my daughter in January of this year and me and her father stayed together, but continued to have sex. I was on birth control and took it regularly. I stopped taking the pill when I started getting what felt like morning sickness. I haven’t had my period in 4 months! I’m going to be moving in with my boyfriend in February. He has a job, but I’m afraid it’s not going to be enough to support 2 kids so young and close in age. I’m also worried about telling my parents. Even though I’ll be 18, I still worry about their reaction. I’m almost 90% sure I’m pregnant, but since I am living with my parents I have no way of getting an accurate answer without telling them..

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      ReachOut

      Seems like the first thing to do is take a pregnancy test.  You can get one at any drug store, retail store (like Walmart or Target), or even at the dollar stores.  If you’re not pregnant, you’d probably want to start using your birth control again—in fact, while you’re not sure, it’s wise to use a condom or other method.

      If the pregnancy test is positive, then at least you’d know what you’re dealing with, and won’t have to worry about the “unknown.”  It sounds like your parents have been supportive of you so far—could you talk to them about this?  Or is there another trusted adult that could give you advice?

      Either way, it would be a good idea to see a doctor or medical professional, so you can either get prenatal care, or get advice about an effective method of birth control.

      Thank you for reaching out—we wish you the best!
      —The ReachOut Crew

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    lexxxi

    Hi everyone, I’m sort of new to this but I have a serious issue. I think I’m pregnant because I haven’t been on my period since the end of August. But I’m Not really showing and I can’t get to the doctor w/out telling my parents because I’m not sure. I’m so scared and I don’t know what to do? My boyfriend doesn’t have any money or a job but it’s the fact that If I am pregnant , I’ve missed 3 to 4 months of prenatal care and this could put my baby in danger. Advice anyone?

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      ReachOut

      Hi lexxxi,

      It seems like you’re pretty concerned about this.  You can get a home pregnancy test at any drug store, retail store, or even the dollar store.  Taking that test would give you more information, and if it was negative, it might ease your mind a bit.  The only way to be sure is to visit a doctor or a clinic such as Planned Parenthood.  If you did that, a negative result would ease your mind, and a positive result would put you in the right place to begin receiving prenatal care, and advice about talking to your parents.

      Is there another trusted adult that you could talk to, if you’re afraid to talk to your parents?  Someone at school, a religious group if you have one, a relative?  Maybe they could give you some help and advice.

      We’re thinking of you!
      —The ReachOut Crew

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    bethanyyy

    I gave my bf a blow job and he came and i swallowed. After a few minutes, his penis was dry and he we had sex, but he went in an out about 4 times only. There was no condom used, so we stopped. Although his penis was dry, i had to spit on it. Is there a chance the sperm could be alive still and could i be pregnant? My period has never been regular and I’m getting on birth control soon, but i am very nervous. Because my period should be here within the next few days.

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      ReachOut

      Hi bethanyy. We’re not medical experts and can’t tell for sure, but almost anytime you have unprotected sex, there is a chance of pregnancy. The only way to know for sure is to get tested. You can buy a home pregnancy test at your local drug store, visit your doctor or Planned Parenthood clinic. Best of luck!

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