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Worried I'm Pregnant, But I Don't Want to Take a Pregnancy Test

Published: April 25, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I had sex with this guy two days ago and he wore protection and everything but he asked me if the cum got on my vagina but I don't think it did because I could distinguish my cum from his right? But I don't want to take a test bc I don't want my parents to know but I took a at home stored urine test and nothing happened to my urine and it said that indicated that I'm not pregnant. But my lower back has been hurting and my stomach keeps growling even after I've eaten and I'm cramping because my time of the month is coming up. So what do I do?
Signed: Worried I'm Pregnant, But I Don't Want to Take a Pregnancy Test

Dear Worried I'm Pregnant, But I Don't Want to Take a Pregnancy Test,

While the use of condoms can significantly lower the chances of pregnancy from occurring, it is still possible to get pregnant even when using a condom. That is why doctors generally recommend that teens and young adults who choose to be sexually active use condoms each and every time they have sex to protect against unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs, as well as a back-up method of birth control such as the pill or birth control shot.

While there is a possibility that you are pregnant, there is also a good chance that the symptoms you are experiencing are because you are about to get your period. Lower back pain, changes in eating habits and cramps are all common symptoms that girls and women can experience before a period.

TeenHealthFX suggests that you wait to see if you get your period when expected. If you miss your period, then you can either take a pregnancy test or meet with a doctor to find out whether you are pregnant. FX hears your concern about taking a pregnancy test, however, we are not sure what you mean by “stored urine.” If you take a home pregnancy test you would either urinate on the test strip or insert a test strip into a cup of urine for a designated period of time. Either way, you would be disposing of the urine in the toilet immediately after the test was complete (which would be only a matter of minutes). If you are worried about being able to do this, or are concerned about confidentiality, you could go to your local Planned Parenthood health center. You could also check in with your school nurse, who could provide you with the guidance and support you need right now.

In addition to confirming whether or not you are pregnant, TeenHealthFX would like to encourage you to speak to a doctor about safer sex precautions for the future. Doctors generally recommend that teens and young adults who choose to be sexually active use condoms each and every time they have sex to protect against unwanted pregnancies and the transmission of STDs, as well as a back-up method of birth control such as the pill or birth control shot. Your doctor can make the best recommendations for you and discuss with you how to use properly use birth control to maximize its effectiveness.

FX also suggests that you 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, pregnancy tests, emergency contraception, birth control, STDs and more. The more educated you are about these topics, the more likely you will make healthy decisions for yourself when it comes to your sexual health.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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