My friend had sex last night and they used a condom but she doesn’t want to be pregnant so what should we do!?

Good question!

If someone is having unprotected sex, there is a risk of pregnancy. Even if ejaculation did not occur, pregnancy is still a risk 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.

Remember though, condoms can help reduce the risk of pregnancy (and STIs) by up to 98% when used correctly.

If your friend is still concerned, 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 someone can know if they are pregnant is to take a test at least 14 days after the most recent sexual contact.

It would also be a good idea for your friend to consider starting a form of birth control. Most methods can be up to 99% effective when used correctly.

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