I had unprotected sex on my period…..

…… My partner pulled out but I was still worried so the morning after I took plan b. Is there still a possibility of getting pregnant?

Thanks for asking this!

Pregnancy can happen anytime sperm comes into contact with the vagina. It is also important to say pregnancy depends on ovulation- the process in which an egg is released. Ovulation can happen at any time during someone’s period, making pregnancy possible during, before,and after the period.

If someone is having unprotected sex but ejaculation did not occur in the vagina, pregnancy can still be possible because of something called pre-cum. Pre-cum—officially called pre-ejaculate—is a clear, sticky fluid released by the penis between the beginning of arousal and ejaculation.  Some people release a small amount of pre-ejaculate; others may release quite a bit, and most people may not know when pre- ejaculate is happening

Although pre-ejaculate does not contain sperm when it is produced, it can pick up leftover sperm in the urethra. This means that pre-ejaculate can contain sperm when it leaves the body, creating a risk for pregnancy.  Pre-ejaculate can also transmit STIs.

Emergency Contraception can help reduce the risk of pregnancy. Emergency Contraception works by delaying ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – if ovulation has not already occurred. Emergency contraception can be taken up to five days after the most recent sexual contact and is more effective the sooner it is taken.

The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a test at least 14 days after the most recent sexual contact. You can trust the result then.

It would also be a good idea to consider starting a form of birth control. most methods can be up to 99% effective when used correctly. Condoms can also help reduce the risk of STIs and pregnancy by 98%.

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