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Old 10-17-2003, 01:28 PM   #1
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Post Teen/Inexperienced Pregnancy Info.....please read

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Originally posted by Maglib:
This post is for the "am i pregnant" subject, or inexperienced people.

This is a standard reply to inform people who have similar questions about pregnancy and contraception. If after reading it you still have questions, then please post on a separate post. [Teens wondering if pregnancy is possible should use the Pregnancy - Teen board.]


I thought it would be a good idea to come up with a standard guide in reply to teens or other less experience people. 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 slight chance of this occurring (see #2).

4. If you are 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.

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

6. 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 STD can be latent and your partner can be a carrier. They may not even know it.

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

8. 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.

9. 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.

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

11. Nervousness may cause your period to be late.

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

13 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).

14. If you are pregnant please seek help from an ob/gyn as soon as possible.

15. If you are thinking about terminating your pregnancy:
this topic is not allowed for discussion except for post-procedure support on the Women's Health board only. Do not post on the Pregnancy Board, as there are many members of this board who have been trying so hard and long to be pregnant.

16. if you are not ready to be pregnant and do not want to be pregnant... DON'T HAVE INTERCOURSE! 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, spotting, tiredness, nausea, bloating, cramping, gassiness, constipation, food cravings or sudden dislikes, hot flashes, increased sensitivity to smells and taste, headache, flu like symptoms, tender/sore nipples, etc.

18. There is another board, "Pregnancy - Teens", for teens to post on if you still have questions.

Last edited by Mod-S4; 11-01-2008 at 09:25 AM. Reason: Removed obsolete web link.

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