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Real Risk of Pregnancy? Should My Girlfriend Use Plan B?

Published: May 31, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
So me and my girlfriend were having sex using a condom and it broke. Although I didn't ejaculate she's still paranoid of getting pregnant from pre-cum. We've looked stuff up but she's still paranoid and wants to try plan b. Also I peed before sex and more times since the last time I ejaculated. So I want to know if there's any real risk of her even getting pregnant and should she do plan b to be sure?
Signed: Real Risk of Pregnancy? Should My Girlfriend Use Plan B?

Dear Real Risk of Pregnancy? Should My Girlfriend Use Plan B?,

If you did not ejaculate it is very unlikely that your girlfriend would be pregnant. While pre-ejaculatory fluids can contain sperm, and it is possible for pregnancy to occur when pre-ejaculatory fluids come in contact with the vagina, recent studies have shown that pregnancy in these cases are rare because the majority of pre-ejaculatory fluid has dead sperm or no sperm at all according to the American Pregnancy Association.

If your girlfriend is considering taking Plan B, TeenHealthFX recommends that she checks in with her primary care physician, gynecologist or adolescent medicine specialist about it. If she is concerned about cost or confidentiality issues, she can also go to a Planned Parenthood health center. However, if she is considering taking Plan B, she needs to act quickly since Plan B is only effective when taken 120 hours (5 days) after having unprotected sex and is most effective when taken within 72 hours after having unprotected sex.  

TeenHealthFX can appreciate how upsetting a pregnancy scare can be, especially for teens and young adults. So we would like to encourage you and your girlfriend 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. A doctor can make the best recommendations for you and your girlfriend and discuss with both of you how to use properly use birth control to maximize its effectiveness.

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. Again, a Planned Parenthood health center is a good option if you have concerns about cost or confidentiality issues. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

FX also suggests that you and your girlfriend 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 yourselves when it comes to your sexual health.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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