Me and my boyfriend had sex a couple of times. We used condoms every time, but I’m late on my cycle…

…I took a pregnancy test and it said that it was negative.  Does this mean I’m pregnant?

Condoms can be anywhere from 85-98% effective in preventing pregnancy with typical use! The reason effectiveness can be as low as 85% is because of human error. But if you are using condoms correctly and consistently, you can be as high as 98% protected!

With that being said, it’s important to know that someone’s period can actually fluctuate based on what’s going on in their life.  This means that stress, sickness, change in physical activity, or even worrying about being pregnant can make a period come late. However, the only way to know for sure is to take a pregnancy test 14 days after your most recent sexual activity.  These can be purchased at a local pharmacy or grocery store for just a few dollars. Both Longmont and Boulder Teen Clinics also offer free or low-cost pregnancy tests

However, it sounds like you may have already done this. If the pregnancy test came out negative and you haven’t had any other sexual intercourse or any activity where sperm would come into contact with the vagina, trust that you’re not pregnant!

Pregnancy is possible whenever semen comes in contact with the vagina. Home pregnancy tests can be very accurate if you use them correctly. It might help to make an appointment and get a pregnancy test at Teen Clinic to ensure the test is conducted properly. If anything, it will give you a chance to speak with a medical provider about any concerns you have around your sexual health, including birth control and prevention methods.

While some people menstruate on the traditional 28-day cycle, plenty do not.  It’s possible you’ve had an annovulatory cycle (that you did not release an egg this month).  A missed ovulation can translate to a missed period. While this can be healthy and normal, make an appointment if you find yourself worrying about your period. Our Teen Clinic practitioners can offer tips and strategies for regulating the period, and they’ll make sure you’re healthy.