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Old 10-12-2003, 05:24 PM   #1
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Post Contraception/Pregnancy Info for Teens etc.....please read

This is an edited copy of a message on the pregnancy board. I figured posting it here would answer many questions.

This is a standard reply that we often use to inform people who have similar questions about pregnancy and contraception. It's not really a thread. If after reading it you still have questions, then please post on a separate post.
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Originally posted by Maglib:
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I thought it would be a good idea to come up with a standard guide that any of us could use to reply to teens or other less experience parents. It just a guideline so that we are not repeating answers to the same questions.

1. You can get pregnant during any time within your cycle (even during your period).

2. Precum may contain sperm. Also, even though he might not have gone in, semen can cause you to become pregnant if it is on the outside genital area of the girl (vulva). Sperm can survive for up to 5 days inside the body (maybe even longer). It can also survive outside the body under certain conditions. In other words it does not die instantly when exposed to air.

3. You can technically be a virgin and become pregnant although there is only a very slight chance of this occurring (see #2).

4. Condoms should always be worn as protection against STDs. Don't ever "trust" anyone. Even oral cold sores are considered a version of herpes that can be caught below. Signs of STDs can be latent and your partner can be a carrier. They may not even know it.

5. The pill is not foolproof nor is any other method of birth control. Antibiotics taken can reduce the effectiveness of the pill (check with your doctor or pharmacist), as can vomiting and diarrhea.

6. The morning after pill, also called emergency contraception or ECP, is a high-dose regimen of birth control pills that can be taken after the event to prevent pregnancy. It can prevent pregnancy even if taken up to five days after sex although it is most effective when taken within 72 hours. They should not be used as a main method of birth control but for 'emergency' use, such as condom failure, unplanned unprotected sex, etc.

7. There are free clinics to get the morning after pill, condoms, pregnancy tests, etc. The doctors are NOT allowed by law to tell your parents anything so go as soon as possible.

8. For those of you who have had sex for the first time, the hormone changes can affect your cycle and may cause it to be late.

9. Nervousness/fear/stress may cause your period to be late.

10. If your period is late, get a home pregnancy test and take it. Any positive sign (even faint) on a pregnancy test indicates that you are pregnant. There are only false negatives, not false positives. You should always use first morning urine when taking a pregnancy test as it has the highest levels of HcG.

11. If the at-home test is negative, then to be 100% sure, you should get a blood test.

12. You can have period-like symptoms including bleeding and still be pregnant.

13. Drugs, smoking and alcohol are dangerous. They can cause injuries to the fetus - the sooner you stop, the better.

14. Try to get some guidance from someone you can trust. Do not be afraid of your parents, they are much more understanding than you think (they were once kids and believe me I bet they knew others who were in your shoes).

15. If you are pregnant, see an ob/gyn as soon as possible.

16. If you are not ready to be pregnant and do not want to be pregnant... DON'T HAVE SEX! NOTHING is 100% effective! Any birth control method can fail!!

17. SYMPTOMS of PREGNANCY may include ANY or NONE of the following symptoms: missed period, tiredness, nausea, bloating, spotting, cramping, gassiness, constipation, food cravings or sudden dislikes, hot flashes, increased sensitivity to smells and taste, headaches, flu-like symptoms, tender/sore nipples, etc.

18. If after reading the above, you still have questions, please post them.

19. If any of the above surprise you, then you need to take a class in sexual education or speak with a counselor prior to continuing engaging in sexual activity. Not knowing would indicate that you are not mature enough to understand the full ramifications of sex.

This link is to a network of sites (OK'd by mod1) that has a great deal of information about the female body, hormones, etc. [url]http://www.e-gynecologic.com/#Anatomy[/url]

Last edited by Mod-S4; 06-27-2007 at 12:40 PM.

 
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