I recently lost my virginity a week before my period was due. We used a condom correctly and I took the Next Choice pill three days later. I’ve been stressing like crazy and wondering/hoping that I’m not pregnant. I feel perfectly fine, other than all of the stress. My period is irregular anyway, but since having intercourse a week ago, I’ve had no sign of it coming. Is that a problem? Or What do you recommend?
Hi there, To answer your question, stress is a response to anything that happens to the body, be it positive or negative. Excessive emotional or physical stress activates the release of certain hormones in a woman’s body that can cause the female to miss her periods. Given the amount of worry and stress you are experiencing over having sex for the first time, it may be your body’s way of telling you that you are not mentally or physically ready to engage in a sexual relationship. I strongly advise you to go see a medical provider to get a pregnancy test and to discuss other methods of birth control. Since you are sexually active, it is important to have an honest conversation with a provider about your body and your continued sexual health.
Also, I am curious as to where you learned to “use a condom correctly?” Make sure any teachings you receive on condom use come from a reliable professional source and not just a boyfriend or peer. I would like to compliment you on being responsible enough to use a condom. Condoms should be used at every single sexual encounter to protect you and your partner against STDs and to protect you from getting pregnant; however, you should be aware that even if used correctly, condoms are only 98% effective. Abstinence is the only birth control method that is 100 % effective in preventing pregnancy and STDs.
Sex is a very important step to make in a relationship. You should be sure that any decisions you make towards having sex are your own, and that those decisions are not influenced by other outside parties, like friends, boyfriends, etc. There are other ways of showing affection, and any partner that truly cares about you should understand that “no” means “no.”
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