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Can You Be Pregnant After Having Three Periods?

Published: August 22, 2017
Dear TeenHealthFX,
I had unprotected intercourse on 8th may and from that time I had my normal periods on 24th May and on 19th June but in july it got delayed and I had it on 2nd of August. Following this I have been noticing sudden growth in one of my breasts. I just want to know if there a possibility of pregnancy after having 3 periods.
Signed: Can You Be Pregnant After Having Three Periods?

Dear Can You Be Pregnant After Having Three Periods?,

If you have not had vaginal intercourse, or engaged in any kind of sexual activity where semen would have come into contact with your vagina, since your last period then you would not be pregnant. The change in your breast could be due to breast growth or it could be due to swelling of the breast related to changes in hormones associated with your menstrual cycle.

If you have had unprotected sex since your last period, then pregnancy would be a possibility. You could either speak to your doctor about it or you could take a pregnancy test, preferably after your missed period.

Pregnancy scares are just that – they can be really scary experiences, especially for a teenager or young adult who is not in a financial or emotional place yet to raise a child. That is why it is so important to practice safer sex. TeenHealthFX recommends that you speak to your primary care physician, gynecologist or an adolescent medicine specialist about the best birth control methods for you. 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.

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. 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 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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