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Hello. My boyfriend and I had unprotected sex exactly 1 week ago and for the past 2 days, I have felt cramping like my period but my period isn't due for another week. I did one of the online calculators and it said the day we had sex was a very high fertility days. Could I be pregnant? I have also been to the bathroom a lot. Are these signs of pregnancy or am I losing my mind?

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Hi M,

I agree with the calculator you used, if your period is due around 1/25, you did have sex during a window of high fertility. So, yes, it is possible that you're pregnant. However, if you are, you'd only be a week and a half along - which is probably too early to be experiencing most symptoms including increased urination.

Cramping has been reported as an signal of implantation, but it really isn't one of the more common symptoms and since your period is a week away it could also just be a little PMS. Other early symptoms of pregnancy are increased milky white vaginal discharge, breast tenderness, fatigue and headache/backache. Are you experiencing any of those? Unfortunately, the most glaring sign that you're pregnant is a missed period. As the days following a missed period are also the earliest you can accurately test for pregnancy, so I'm afraid there's nothing really to do at this point except wait and see. If you haven't started menstruating by next week it's probably time to take a home pregnancy test.

Now comes the part for my obligatory rant about using protection: condoms are truly a must. They're cheap (sometimes even free), easy to use, they have the added benefit of protecting against STIs and plus they make clean-up super easy. Any guy who won't use condoms doesn't want to sleep with you bad enough to make him worth it. Also, depending on your age/state, Planned Parenthood can help hook you up with discounted or free birth control pills. If you have any questions about condoms/the pill/etc, get back in touch and I'd be happy to offer suggestions or information.

Good luck,

Julia

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Julia Fout

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I can answer questions pertaining to pregnancy symptoms, likelihood of being pregnant, pregnancy prevention, your options once you discover you are pregnant, how to talk to parents, how to talk to partners, prenatal concerns, and emergency contraception.

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I have a degree in Psychology and am working towards my Masters of Public Health. Both of these fields require an understanding of adolescent development, health behavior and health education. I am invested deeply in ensuring that teens have access to practical, fact-based information. To provide this I stay current by reviewing peer-reviewed literature, health trends and statistics, and the work of activists in the field of pregnancy, sex education, mental health and general well being.

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BA in Psychology/minor in Education
MPH Candidate 2014

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