Unprotected sex

Question: I had unprotected sex, and I’m afraid that I might get pregnant. What are some things to look out for, over the next few days, to be safe? 

Answer: “One thing you shouldn’t do after unprotected sex is douching. It will not increase the risk of pregnancy, but it may increase the risk of pelvic infections. If you are worried about pregnancy, you should see your doctor the next day for postcoital contraception. There are various types of postcoital contraception available, although most are usually only effective 3 to 5 days after coitus. That said, taking postcoital contraception doesn’t guarantee that you definitely won’t get pregnant ; there is still a 1.8% to 2.6% chance of the postcoital contraception failing. That means you’ll still need to keep an eye on things, bearing in mind that a morning-after pill can cause spotting and may alter the flow of your period, which can make it hard to tell if you are pregnant. If your period is more than a week late, take a pregnancy test.” – Dr. Seng Shay Way, Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology & Consultant, Raffles Women’s Centre 

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