Ask the Health Educator: Irregular Periods

Question from July 1, 2013

I have very irregular periods. They come like every 6 to 8 months. Im not on any type of birth control. And im just now started having sex. I had sex about 2 weeks ago with protection of course but the condom broke. I took a pregnacy test a couple days ago and i wanted to know if i could be pregnant

Answer:

If a young woman is not on a form of birth control and a condom breaks or unprotected sex happens, Plan B (the morning after pill) is available to help prevent pregnancy. But in order for it to work best, it must be taken within the first 72 hours (3 days). Plan B is NOT the same as the abortion pill; if someone is already pregnant and they take Plan B, the pregnancy WILL NOT be aborted. It can take about 2 weeks for a pregnancy test to be “positive” or “negative” after unprotected sex, so it is likely that the test you took a couple of days ago was accurate. If it was negative, you are likely not pregnant; if it was positive, you are likely pregnant.

It is great that you and your partner attempted to use a condom! It shows that you both take your health and safety seriously. One of the most common reasons that condoms break is because they were used incorrectly. In every condom box there are instructions on how to use a condom properly; you and your partner should read this together. If you are still unsure of how to properly use a condom, visit Teen Matters for a demonstration.

Since you are now sexually active, it is very important for you to continue to use condoms to prevent STD’s AND be on a method of birth control to prevent pregnancy. Because you have irregular periods, you may need to visit a Gynecologists’ office. Teen Matters has many FREE birth control options and Plan B available as well. Plan B is also available for purchase at your local pharmacy. Now people of ANY age can purchase Plan B. Stop by one of our clinics for a tour or more information!

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