Did you just have sex without protection?

Sometimes, we don’t bargain for it, but it still happens. Though an episode of unprotected sex might not bother you too much, but the fear of an unwanted pregnancy could make you go weak in the knees.

While protection during sex is imperative, there could be a lot of reasons that could lead to unprotected sex –condom tear, untimely intake of contraception pills, unpreparedness before intercourse or sheer ignorance. All these could increase your chances of getting infected with a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) or having an unwanted pregnancy. However, there are ways to avert such by just acting the right way.

Here is what you should do after you have had unprotected sex:

 

Look for unusual signs

An episode of unprotected sex increases the chances of acquiring STD in both men and women and that of an unwanted pregnancy in women by manifolds. Remember, if you have contracted a STD, the symptoms could remain dormant for sometime before being symptomatic. You can, however, look for the following signs that can give you a clue that everything is not normal with you after the act:

  • Unexplained bleeding: Although this symptom might be associated with women more than men, it is not unnatural if a man also sight some amount of blood in the genital areas after having unprotected sex. It is a sign that there could be an infection in your urinary tract that needs immediate attention.
  • Pain during urination: This is commonly believed to be a sign of urinary tract infection (UTI), but at times it can be an indication of an acquired STD.
  • Pain during sex: If you indulge in intercourse soon after an act of unprotected sex and experience pain during penetration, in case of women or during ejaculation, in case of men, chances are, it might be an outcome of an infection.
  • Rashes and sores: Rashes and sores around the genitals are not a normal sign and should raise your suspicion when you spot them. Even if it doesn’t itch, pain or cause burning sensations, it is advisable to report it to you doctor immediately.

 

Take the morning after pill

However, it might be possible that you don’t see any of these symptoms the morning after you have had unprotected sex, or anytime you did. But that still does not rule out the possibility of you getting pregnant. So, use an emergency contraceptive pill soon after the act. These are readily available over-the-counter and can prevent an accidental or unwanted pregnancy when taken within a few hours after a spontaneous intercourse.

Depending on its strength and capacity, you can take the pill either within 48 or 72 hours of unprotected sex. The pill reverses hormonal reaction and prevents a fertilised egg from implanting in the uterine wall, in case it was formed.

 

Do a home pregnancy test

No matter on which day you had unprotected sex, you still have a fair chance of getting pregnant during your safe-sex days. So, if you have doubts about unwanted pregnancy and your periods are delayed the very next month, do a home pregnancy test to confirm your status. Remember, the earlier you find out about an unplanned pregnancy, the better.

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