My boyfriend and I had sex 3 days after my period ended….

…….The condom broke because I was so dry and we heard it break so he pulled out immediately. I didn’t ovulate till like 11 days later. And pre-cum only lasts 5 days ? The vaginal canal is very acidic so it would kill majority of the pre-cum? Is there a chance I’m pregnant?

It is important to say that pregnancy is possible whenever sperm comes into contact with the vagina.  Although pre-ejaculate doesn’t itself contain sperm, it can pick up left over sperm in the urethra when it leaves the body, creating a risk for pregnancy. You are definitely right that sperm can live in the vagina for 5 days, but in terms of your question about the vagina killing the sperm in the pre-ejaculate, there is really no way to know. It is just important to know if there is sperm present, and it made contact with the vagina, there is a risk of pregnancy.

Remember, unless you are practicing the natural family planning method, it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to know when exactly you are ovulating. This means that even if you keep a period calendar, you need to be also keeping track of ovulation by doing things like taking your temperature and checking your cervical mucus daily. This method is often used after consulting a doctor. A doctor would advise you on how to correctly use this method.

If you do not want pregnancy to occur, you could consider taking an emergency contraception. Emergency Contraception delays ovulation – the process when the ovaries release an egg – and thickens cervical mucus, which reduces the risk of pregnancy. Emergency contraception can be taken up to five days after the most recent sexual contact and is more effective the sooner it is taken.

It would also be a good idea to talk to a medical professional about starting a form of birth control.  Most birth control, when used correctly, can be up to 99% effective in reducing the risk of pregnancy.

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