Have you had penis-in-vagina sex without being protected by the pill, a condom or another contraceptive? Then there’s a chance that an egg has been fertilised by a sperm cell.
When is there a risk of pregnancy?
- If you have penis-in-vagina sex without using a reliable contraceptive.
- If semen or pre-seminal fluid get into the vagina.
- If you take the pill, but you’ve missed 1 or more.
- If you’ve vomited or had diarrhoea within 3 hours of taking the pill.
- If the only contraceptive you use is a condom and it splits.
- If something goes wrong with your vaginal ring, contraceptive patch, injection or implant, or an IUD or IUS coil.
Possible pregnancy: what now?
Do you want to avoid pregnancy?
By doing something quickly, you can still usually prevent a pregnancy. Get the morning after pill at a pharmacy or chemist as soon as possible. You don’t need a prescription. Not sure if that’s necessary? Do the Morning after test. You will also get advice on protection during the rest of your cycle.
Do you want to be pregnant?
Then all you have to do is wait and see if it happens. If your period is late, do a pregnancy test.
Remember: if you’ve had sex without using condoms, you might have caught an STI. If you want to be sure you don’t have an STI, do an STI test.
Guys, you can do something too!
You both decided to have unprotected sex. So if she’s pregnant, you should both take responsibility. Contraception is not only down to the woman! What can you do?
Do you both want to avoid a pregnancy? Go to a pharmacy or chemist together and buy a morning after pill. Would she prefer to have an emergency coil (IUD) fitted? Go with her to the doctor’s practice or to a Sense clinic.
Does she want to get pregnant against your wishes? Or do you want to be a father, and she doesn't want to have children? Respect her choice; don't get angry if she doesn't want the same as you. Find a solution together, one that makes you both happy. Go to your doctor, a Sense clinic, or a pregnancy advisory service like FIOM or Siriz for help and advice.
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