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My Girlfriend is 7 Days Late with Her Period

Published: January 17, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
My girlfriend is 7 days late on her period, we use condoms everytime AND I have never came inside her even with the condom on I'm flipping even with all of this and idk what to do.
Signed: My Girlfriend is 7 Days Late with Her Period

Dear My Girlfriend is 7 Days Late with Her Period,

TeenHealthFX can appreciate your anxiety as dealing with a potential unwanted pregnancy can be a very scary thing. There are a few things we would like you to consider:

  • There are several reasons why a young woman’s period may be late other than pregnancy. Sometimes cycles are irregular during the first few years of menstruation. Cycles can also be affected by diet, exercise, stress, illness, certain medications and more.
  • If you girlfriend has missed a period and you are concerned about a possible pregnancy, then she should take a pregnancy test and/or meet with a doctor so you can both find out whether or not she is pregnant.
  • If the two of you are planning on continuing to be sexually active, it would be helpful for your girlfriend to speak to a doctor about a back-up method of birth control. It is important to use a condom each and every time you have sex to protect against the transmission of STDs and unwanted pregnancies. But it is also important to use a back-up method of birth control such as the pill or birth control shot. A medical health professional would be able to make the best recommendation for your girlfriend.
  • If you are ever worried about a possible pregnancy, your girlfriend could always consider taking emergency contraception (EC). While EC is not meant as a regular form of birth control, it can help to prevent pregnancy if taken within 120 hours of having sex in situations where the birth control method failed (i.e., the condom broke) or protection was not used.

 

FX thinks that it would be helpful for you and your girlfriend to check out the links in our Resource of the Month: Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex so that you can learn about sexual readiness, how pregnancy happens, birth control, STDs, EC, pregnancy options and more. The more informed you both are about issues related to sexual health, the more likely you will make healthy choices when it comes to your own sexual health.

If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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