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Unprotected Sex - Tips to deal with it, Monitoring Pregnancy

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Pregnancy from unprotected sex is a nightmare for couples who are not planning for the same. One can choose birth control pills such as contraceptive pills and STD tests to take precautions in avoiding pregnancy. How to avoid pregnancy becomes a big question for the women who are not yet ready. Pregnancy test are helpful in such cases.

In today's world, an essential part of being economically and emotionally stable is family planning. Every year, 3 million women have unintended pregnancies either because they skipped contraception or used it improperly.

If you dread having to make the difficult, life-altering decisions that come with an unplanned pregnancy and family planning is, indeed, important for you, it’s not too late—there are “morning after” and now even “week after” emergency contraceptives.

Here are seven things to consider after having unprotected sex, including your options in terms of emergency contraceptives.

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What not to do:

One thing you shouldn’t do after unprotected sex is to try douching. Douching will not increase the risk of pregnancy, but it may increase the risk of pelvic infections.Douching, in general, is a bad idea. The normal balance of yeast and bacteria in the reproductive tract is disturbed due to douching, which could lead to an infection.

Birth Control Pills:

Use birth control pills as an emergency contraceptive. If taken within three days (the sooner the better) of having unprotected sex, the birth control pills can prevent ovulation and fertilization. Side effects can include nausea, tiredness, headache, and breast tenderness.

Get STD tests:

There’s little you can do to prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STD) after the fact, but you can still treat and manage them.

Experts recommend getting tested for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV, and hepatitis B and C virus within a couple of weeks of unprotected sex. If the HIV and hepatitis results are negative, you’ll need to get retested in another six months to be absolutely sure.

If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV, you can take a prophylactic course of antiretrovirals. However, this is generally reserved for high-risk scenarios (for example, a health-care worker stuck with a needle or a rape victim). Make sure that you follow up on your STD tests to find out the results.

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Monitor for pregnancy:

Taking morning-after pills doesn’t guarantee that you won’t get pregnant. That means if family planning is important for you, you’ll still need to keep an eye on things, bearing in mind that a morning-after pill can cause spotting and your period flow might get altered, which can make it hard to figure whether you are pregnant or not. If your period is more than a week late, take a pregnancy test.

If you want to avoid pregnancy after unprotected sex, then you should take emergency contraceptive pills to help you out. Always practice protected sex which avoids unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. 

 

Dr. Mehul V Sukhdiya

About The Author

Infertility Specialist, IVF Specialist Dr. Mehul V Sukhdiya
Ahmedabad

Dr. Mehul V Sukhdiya is an IVF specialist and endoscopic surgeon who is practicing in the field of gynecology and infertility for more than two decades. He holds medical degree namely MBBS and DGO. He provides treatment services like In vitro fertilization (IVF), Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), sperm and egg donation, sperm and egg freezing, tuboplasty, testicular biopsy, myomectomy, surrogacy, IMSI, ICSI and TESA. Dr. Mehul is currently the director of Sumirans Womens Hospital and Radhe Endoscopy Training Centre and Research Institute, Navrangpura, Ahmedabad. You can find out further information regarding Dr. Mehul at elawoman.com

8 Comments

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Shaid Alfree

STD test is usually negative if it's between partners. Having an i-pill and taking a pregnancy test is enough to ensure the chances of pregnancy.

Oct. 13, 2018, 2:55 p.m. 5.0

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Dhiraj Raj

I had unprotected sex with my wife and she got pregnant. We helplessly opt abortion pills to avoid unwanted pregnancy. She faced lots of pain initially but then, she was fine.

Sept. 10, 2018, 3:51 p.m. 4.5

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Abbey

My wife and I don't believe in having unprotected sex but if sometimes that happens, then we rely on contraceptive pills. Having Neem leaves also decreases the chance of pregnancy.

May 19, 2018, 11:46 a.m. 4.5

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Vaidahi Dahiya

Try not to sleep or have a nice bath after unprotected sex, this reduces the chance of unwanted pregnancy. Having birth control pills can even work better.

Jan. 12, 2018, 6:11 p.m. 4.5

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Tania Torres

For family planning, it's important to check best emergency contraceptives. One should take them according to the body type and remember some of them can be allergic too.

Aug. 23, 2017, 12:35 p.m. 4.5

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Sandhya Raghuvanshi

Birth control pills are really helpful when he forgets to take protective measures. It really prevents unplanned pregnancy.

Aug. 23, 2017, 12:34 p.m. 5.0

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Usha Reddy

I used to have unprotected sex earlier with my hubby. After sometimes it started irritating my private parts. Using a condom is much better idea.

Aug. 23, 2017, 11:17 a.m. 5.0

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Nutan Kapadia

i-pills are best after unprotected sex. It is one on which I can fully rely and its side effects are mild and no to the minimum.

Feb. 22, 2017, 2:36 p.m. 5.0

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