Pregnancy Scare

Unintentional, unwanted, or unplanned conception or pregnancy signs due to unprotected sex and defective contraceptive products or methods lead to pregnancy scares in women. Signs like missed period post sexual intercourse usually makes them anxious. While most of them get checked themselves through an over-the-counter home pregnancy test, at times, these tests are known to show false-positive results, which further worsens their scare. Emergency contraceptive pills can be taken within few hours of sexual intercourse to prevent chances of pregnancy.

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I had cramps and light bleeding after taking Medroxyprogesterone. Could this be due to pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past eight years, I have been living with PCOS. My last period was on four months back, when I withdrew from Medroxyprogesterone. For the following three months, I did not have any periods and refrained from sexual activity. This month, I engaged in sexual activity while taking pr...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcom to If you have had polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) for eight years and have been having withdrawal bleeds with hormone treatment, but are now unable to have regular bleeds, even with hormone treatment, it would be beneficial if you would send me your detailed gynecological,...  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex and took four tablets of an oral contraceptive within 24 hours and four more after 12 hours. Is there any chance of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 33 years old and had unprotected sex. I took four tablets of Yasmin - a combined oral contraceptive, within 24 hours and four more after 12 hours. Will it act as an emergency contraceptive pill, or is there any chance of pregnancy? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Please give some more detailed description of your health. When you had sex? How long is your cycle? For example, if your regular cycle is 28 days, it could be your fertile period; without protection, you could have a conception. If a proper dose of an emergenc...  Read Full »

I have been consistently taking contraceptive pills. But is there still a risk of pregnancy if I have unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) three months back. I have been consistently taking the contraceptive pill Yaz for three months, and I am now starting my new pack. I am worried since my last period lasted only three days, and I am sexually active. Is there a risk o...  Read Full »

Dr. Deepika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Combined oral contraceptive pills are the most effective contraceptive if taken properly. So you do not need any other contraceptive with that. Yaz (Ethinyl Estradiol and Drospirenone) inhibits your ovaries from releasing eggs, so there are practically no chances of co...  Read Full »

I missed my periods for two months, and my pregnancy tests were negative. Am I pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I missed my periods last month and this month and my last period were before 36 days. I did three pregnancy blood tests and they were all negative. The first test was done two days after missing my periods, the next was done 10 days later and the third test was done 20 days later. I am...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for your query. Many factors can delay menses in addition to pregnancy. Stress, anxiety, workload, hormonal imbalance, weight gain or sudden weight loss, contraceptives, illness, and medications also can lead to delayed periods. Most of the time in very ea...  Read Full »

My period is late by six days, and I have a light brown discharge along with cramps in the lower left pelvic region. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My last menstrual period was from the 25th to the 31st of March. About five days after the end of my last periods, I had a light brown discharge accompanied by cramping in my lower right pelvic region that lasted for three to four days. My period application predicted that my next peri...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to In addition to pregnancy, there could be many causes of delayed periods like stress, anxiety, overwork, hormonal imbalance, sudden loss or gain of weight, hypo or hyperthyroidism, strenuous exercise, strict diet, etc. However brownish discharge and cramps need evaluatio...  Read Full »

I ejaculated on the sheets while having foreplay with my girlfriend. Is it possible for her to get pregnant?

Query: Hello Doctor,My girlfriend and I had foreplay. We were in bed, and I ejaculated a little into the sheets. I wiped myself with tissue, but my girlfriend was afraid of getting pregnant, even if no semen reached or entered her vagina. She took Plan B to be safe. I do not think pregnancy can happen beca...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is unlikely to be a pregnancy. It must be an allergic reaction or an infection. I suggest, 1) Capsule Augmentin (Penicillin) 625 mg twice a day for five days. 2) Capsule Vizylac twice a day for five days. 3) Tablet Diclomol (Diclofenac and Paracetamol) twice a da...  Read Full »

I had protected sex with my boyfriend a week after my periods. Is it possible for me to get pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I had protected sex (condom) with my boyfriend last month, and my last period date was a week before my intercourse; I still have not gotten my periods. I am worried and anxious. Is there any chance of pregnancy with a condom? My periods cycle usually is 26 to 27 days. I did a pregnancy t...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. To get pregnant, the sperms have to be released inside the vagina of the female. The sperms then need to fertilize an egg which may or may not be available depending upon the ovulation pattern of the female. T...  Read Full »

I have taken a I-pill within 12 hours after sex. How do I know it is working?

Query: Hi doctor, I have taken an I-pill (Levonorgestrel) around 12 hours after sex. I want to know when does an I-pill start to work after taking it? What are the signs that it is working? After taking the pill, it has been three hours, and I have not faced any side effects.  Read Full »

Dr. Mavani Jimesh Himatbhai

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. I-pill is an emergency contraceptive pill and should be taken within 72 hours after unprotected intercourse. As you have taken it within 12 hours, it is good. It will restrict ovulation if ovulation has not happened already. Suppose ovulation...  Read Full »

My partner and I touched each other but had no sexual intercourse. Is there a possibility of pregnancy if she had come in contact with precum?

Query: Hi doctor, My partner and I were touching each other, and I am not sure if a small amount of precum may have come in contact with my hand before I touched her intimates. Both of us are virgins, her hymen is intact, and I did not ejaculate. However, she was ovulating at that time. About 21 hours late...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. In order to become pregnant, sperm must be released inside the female vagina. These sperm must then fertilize an egg, which may or may not be available depending on the female's ovulation pattern. The successfully fertilized egg must then ...  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex during the 7th and 8th days of my menstrual cycle. Can I be pregnant?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex during the 7th and 8th day of my menstrual cycle, right after finishing my periods. I took Ipill on the 8th day, which is within 24 hours. I do not want to get pregnant. Are there any chances of me getting pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Let me give you a few basic facts. The period occurs 14 days after ovulation. So if you take the average minimum and maximum periods frequency of the last year and subtract 14 from these two numbers, you will get the rough dates of ovulation....  Read Full »

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