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Sex Without A Condom - What Do I Do If I'm Pregnant?

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,
i had sex without a condom and i was supose to come on my period yesterday, im scared, what do i do if i am pregnant, how do i get rid without my mum and dad knowing? im only 15 and understand it will ruin my life. please help?
Signed: Sex Without A Condom - What Do I Do If I'm Pregnant?

Dear Sex Without A Condom - What Do I Do If I'm Pregnant?,

 

FX thinks that it is important for you to get to a doctor immediately so that you can find out whether or not you are pregnant, and discuss possible options depending on various factors. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-6475 for an appointment or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

You didn’t mention how long ago you had unprotected sex, however, if it was within the past 5 days you could speak to your doctor about taking Plan B, an emergency contraceptive that can prevent a pregnancy after contraceptive failure or unprotected sex. However, Plan B will not work if you are already pregnant and does work best if taken within 72 hours of having had unprotected sex. Depending on some of the details of your situation, this may or may not be an option for you. For more information about Plan B, speak to your doctor and read the information on What Does The Emergency Contraceptive Pill Do?

If your doctor determines that you are pregnant, then speak with him/her about your options: raising the baby, giving the baby up for adoption, or having an abortion. Consider talking to your parents or some trusted adult about the situation if you are pregnant, as it is important for you to have support and guidance during what can obviously be a confusing and upsetting time. Your parents may be initially angry or disappointed – or maybe just sad about the situation. But if they love you, they will come around in the end to be there for you, keeping your best interests in mind. And then you will not have to feel so alone in this.

If you are pregnant and choose to have an abortion, there is the Abortion Pill or an In-Clinic Abortion Procedure. Given that you are under 18, one or both your parents may need to give permission for your abortion or at least be told about the abortion prior to it taking place, depending on what state you live in. In most states you can ask a judge to excuse you from these requirements in a procedure called a “judicial bypass.” For more information on parental consent and abortion, please read the Planned Parenthood webpage Parental Consent and Notification Laws. You can also find out more about the laws in your state and judicial bypass options where you live by contacting your local Planned Parenthood health center.

If your doctor determines that you are not pregnant, then please speak with him/her about the best safer sex methods for you if you choose to continue to be sexually active. FX generally recommends that teens use condoms each every time they have sex, as well as use a back-up method of birth control such as the pill. If you are not pregnant now, then consider abstinence if you want to ensure you will not have to deal with this kind of scare again, or safer sex methods if you want to significantly reduce the possibility of dealing with this kind of scare (as no birth control is 100% effective).

 

Here are some additional resources:

·         If you need to find a free pregnancy testing center, you can call 866-942-6466.

·         If this is an unplanned pregnancy, you can call 1-800-672-2296.

·         If you are pregnant, but have no medical insurance, you can call 1-800-450-0183.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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