I have been useing the ortho evra patch for atleast 5 months now, and one time I put it on after 48 hours, and 3 days later had sex, my partner didn't pull out or anything. I haven't been feeling well since that night, but i thought it was because i haven't had sex in a while, but i am still feeling a lil sick, after 2 weeks, but still havent puked. i dont know what to do. im currently 16 and dont want to say anything to my mother, but that would be my only way to get a test. PLEASE HELP. thanks.
If you were later than 48 hours in applying a new patch, then, yes there is a POSSIBILITY of pregnancy ( a slim possibility). Anytime that you are late in applying a patch, you should use a back up barrier form of birth control, like a condom, for the next 7 days (or abstain from sex, of course). Pulling out is worthless. It really does very little to prevent pregnancy since males can secrete sperm all throughout the sex act, so pulling out is not at all reliable, and it is difficult for most males to do properly. Although there is a possiblity of pregnancy, it is not a sure thing. Many women take months before they finally get pregnant but some women do become pregnant the very first try (but that is more rare than you would think). If you did get pregnant, you would likely not feel the symptoms of pregnancy right away. It generally takes a month or more before these symptoms start. Many women have signs other than nausea first. Things like bloating, breast tenderness (for me, the first thing I felt was extreme breast tenderness-I could hardly walk, my boobs were so sore!) and increased urination are some of the very first signs. I think you are letting your nerves make you sick! Have you even missed a period yet? I wouldnt even worry about it until you have missed a period. Be aware that nerves can also delay your period. If two months go by without a period then you may want to talk to an older female you trust, if you feel like you cannot go to your mother. Perhaps an older sister, friend, mother of a friend you are close to, or an aunt-whoever you feel you could trust to help you. You can buy a pregnancy test at any pharmacy or Walmart and stores like this. You dont have to be any certain age to buy one. If money is an issue, you can ask your partner to pay for it or at least half of it-after all he is partially responsible too. These home pregnancy tests are pretty accurate these days. Just be sure to test the morning's first void-so the first time you get up to pee in the morning, you would want to test that pee because it would have the highest concentration of the hormone the pregnancy test tests for, if you are indeed pregnant (which is HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin, if you are curious to know. It is only secreted in the urine of pregnant women, although nowdays a lot of people use HCG as a diet supplement and this can skew pregnancy test results). In my years as a family planning nurse, I have seen many girls who started their periods the very day after they got a negative pregnancy test-that is how much your mind has to do with it! lol If it is negative, then it is likely that you are not pregnant. The birth control patch can be a little more challenging to women who are new to birth control. You may want to discuss with your gynecologist or clinic (whoever you got the patches from) if maybe an alternate method might be better for you. Some women find that taking a daily pill is actually better than trying to remember something weekly. Any method though, is just a matter of getting into a routine so it becomes like brushing your teeth, you can do it by rote, without even thinking. Set an alarm on your cell phone for the day and time that you need to change, or for women on the Pill, set it for a daily reminder to take your pill. Back when I was using the pill, everyone didnt have cell phones and it would have been nice to have that alarm availability!! (I am showing my age here!) If you have trouble remembering, then perhaps you should make it a habit to ALWAYS use a condom, that way you always have a back up in case you forget, plus it helps protect you against STD's. At your age, this should be a priority-you cant tell who has an STD by looking at them! Bottom line, try not to stress too much. Birth control was made so that women could enjoy their sex life without the constant worry of becoming pregnant. You want to be vigilant enough that you remember to use your method of birth control, but beyond that, try not to stress!
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