My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex 4 days after my period…..

…..And he pulled out. Is it possible for me to get pregnant?

Pregnancy is possible whenever sperm comes into contact with the vagina. Since there was unprotected sex, there is a risk of pregnancy. Even if your boyfriend did not ejaculate, there is still the risk of pre-ejaculate.

Pre-ejaculate is a clear, sticky fluid released by the penis between the beginning of arousal and ejaculation. 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.  Most people don’t know when pre-ejaculate is happening.

What is also important to remember is that 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.

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.

A barrier method, like a condom, can reduce the risk of pregnancy and STIs up to 98%! It is a good idea to use a barrier method when engaging in sexual activities.

It would also be a good idea to use a form of birth control when engaging in sexual activities. Some forms can reduce the risk of pregnancy up to 99%!

If you want to make an appointment at Teen Clinic to talk about birth control, or have any other questions, give us a call! 303-442-5160