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Unprotected intercourse and pregnancy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   My wife and I had un protected sex on the 24th of Jan and her periods is supposed to start around the 30th of Jan. We are very worried that she might get pregnant. Is there a way to avoid pregnancy before its too late?
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :  
ok
User :   hi
Doctor :  
when was her last menstrual period?
User :   30th of december
Doctor :  
what is teh length of her menstrual cycles? 28 days? 30 days? or more?
User :   28 to 30 days
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :  
most probably she wil not be pregnant if her cycles are regular as the unprotected intercourse falls outside the fertile period.
Doctor :   now it is already 28th Jan
Doctor :  
if the emergency contraception was take within 12 hours of unprotected intercourse pregnancy cold have been avoided
User :   what can we do to confirm she is not pregnant or is there a tablet to stop the minor chance of getting pregnant
Doctor :  
now what you can do is wait for her periods to come
Doctor :  
it might get delayed as she might be tensed up
Doctor :  
so wait extra 5 days after her due date for periods
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and if still she does not get it, then do a beta HCG blood test to confirm/rule out pregnancy
User :   if we find she is pregnant then
User :   what can be done?
Doctor :   then what i would suggest is to carry on with the pregnancy if this is her first pregnancy
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as later due to abortion issues there might be uterine scarring
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which will lead to infertility issues
User :   our aim is not to kill the life but stop the process even before it happens
Doctor :  
if it had to happen it os already happend
User :   can we take the morning after pill now will it affect the periods ??
Doctor :  
cos if due to hormonal changes, the egg release is late in her cycle
Doctor :  
then even with late intercourse she can be pregnant
Doctor :   the morning after pill is to be taken within 12 hours of unprotected intercourse

Doctor :  
upto maximum of 72 hours
Doctor :  
after that it is not [possible to stop the process
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as conception of life would have already occured
Doctor :  
you had unprotected intercourse at a time when she was just outside her fertile period
Doctor :  
so there are chances that she may not be pregnant also
User :   sorry again for asking the same question
User :   but if we take the morning ill because its 12 hrs past 72 hrs
User :   just to take the chnace of stopping it
Doctor :  
no
User :   will it affect the pregnancy
Doctor :  
you will not be able to stop the process
User :   sorry periods
User :   okay
Doctor :  
it might affect the developing embryo
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and cause birth defects
User :   okay Dr
User :   just in summary
Doctor :  
so what i suggest is
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since you have already crossed the safe limit for taking emergency pill or the morning pill
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and she too was outside her fertile period or the egg release period
Doctor :  
its better to wait and watch as the chances of pregnancy is not completely assured at that time
Doctor :  
so wait for her periods
User :   okay Dr
Doctor :  
see if she is getting them on the due date or in 5 more days ahead of due date of periods
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and then decide based on the oputcome
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*outcome
Doctor :   have you followed what i have said?
User :   yes final question hw much do you think are the chances of notbeing pregnant 60% ,70% etc
Doctor :  
if she is not pregnant, go for some contraception like BCP to avoid further such situations
Doctor :  
70%
User :   Thank you Dr
User :   Also she is saying that she is getting white discharge seen from Tuesday.. Is this the sign of pregnancy or periods
Doctor :  
it could be both, we cannot say
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does she efeel any signs of pregnancy
User :   like
Doctor :  
like fatigue, tiredness, breast tenderness?
Doctor :   these are early signs of pregnancy
User :   She is a little tired and also having leg pain and numbness
Doctor :  
ok
Doctor :  
it could be due to later half of period cycle too
Doctor :  
ask her to rest
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and be free of mind
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is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   ok thans a lot Dr
Doctor :  
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