Aunt Vadge: we used a condom, I had my period, could I be pregnant?

Hi Aunt Vadge,

My boyfriend and I recently had sex for the second time. We used a condom and he pulled out before he finished, and the condom didn’t rip (I was also on my period at the time) but I’m worried I might be pregnant. This happened the first time as well…

I know it’s not really possible for me to be, but I can’t help but worry about it, and I don’t know what to do.

I’ve talked to him about it as well and he says there’s no way I could be. 

Best,
Worried

Age: 16
Country: Ireland

Hi there Worried,

Your boyfriend is right! There is just no way, for a few reasons, that you are pregnant.

  1. You were not ovulating, because you had your period, which means you can’t be pregnant. No egg, no baby.
  2. You used a condom. (Which doesn’t matter for pregnancy purposes because you were not ovulating.)
  3. Your boyfriend did not ejaculate into your vagina, or near it, and no pre-cum was able to make contact (even if you were ovulating).

Read up on when to tell if you are ovulating, so you can start looking for the signs. It’s a really awesome thing to get good at, and to know when you can and can’t get pregnant. There is only a small window in your menstrual cycle when you can get pregnant, and you should know when that is.

Get a period tracker app or calender, and track your periods, so you can see when you ovulate. Then, start to look for the signs, and you’ll be much more in tune with when you can get pregnant.

Write anytime!

Warmest regards,
Aunt Vadge

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica Lloyd - Naturopathic Practitioner, BHSc(N)

Jessica is a degree-qualified naturopath (BHSc) specialising in vulvovaginal health and disease, based in Melbourne, Australia.

Jessica is the owner and lead naturopath of My Vagina, and is a member of the:

  • International Society for the Study of Vulvovaginal Disease (ISSVD)
  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA) Australia
  • New Zealand Vulvovaginal Society (ANZVS)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
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