Updated: 2019, Jul 24

Unprotected Sex – DON’T PANIC! Here’s What You Need to Know

Unprotected Sex – DON’T PANIC! Here’s What You Need to Know

Some words are more frightening than death itself. Mostly teenagers fear them, however, other people that aren’t ready for that kind of a “jump” are also terrified.

What are those words? – “I’m pregnant.”

The fact that you are reading this means that, most likely, you have already experienced this scenario. So, my question is- Have you experienced something like the following:

You had sex with your girlfriend/boyfriend. This time you wanted to spice things up a bit by not wearing a condom and not taking a pill.

You tried it out, with fear of pregnancy constantly on your mind. Once you got into it, it felt amazing. You forgot about the fear and kept on going.

Once you were close to your limit, you either couldn’t have resisted and ejaculated inside of your partner, or you pulled your penis out at the very last second.

Both of these endings made your next few days horrible. You started thinking about pregnancy. Maybe your girlfriend’s period was late.

All in all, you were both out of your minds. Some were even so driven mad that they already started thinking about names for the baby. easier.

Maybe they will clear some things up for you, but either way, there is no joking around with unprotected sex. There were plenty of cases where people killed themselves over it.

First of all, I would like to start this unprotected sex journey of ours from level 1.

How do Women get Pregnant in the First Place?

Women Get Pregnant

This part will help you understand what comes next. With that being said, it is important to know a couple of facts about this.

Up to 35 years of age, women have a 15 to 20 percent chance to get pregnant. After 35 the chances are smaller and smaller, up until a woman can’t give birth anymore.

This is a completely natural process. The age limit isn’t strictly set to 35. It depends from woman to woman, but it is generally around that age.

So, how does a woman get pregnant?

At birth, women have between 1 million to 2 million eggs. Those are all the eggs that they will have in their lifetime. With their first menstruation, the number of their eggs is harshly cut down to around 300,000.

As time goes on, they lose, even more, leaving only a selected few that are healthy and ready for pregnancy.

In order to get pregnant, a woman needs semen. That’s where men step in as they have semen inside of them.

A man’s testicles are full of sperm. Sperm mixed with other fluids makes semen, commonly called as “cum” as well. When a man ejaculates, semen comes out of his penis. So, in order for a woman to get pregnant, a man must ejaculate inside of her, so that the semen may enter.

The crucial part of pregnancy is the sperm meeting a woman’s egg. It only takes one sperm cell to meet an egg and voila, a woman is pregnant.

Well, that’s not so easy. Sperm has to travel long distances and many die in the process. They have to come to the ovaries, where the eggs are located. If they find an egg, they interact with it and that process is called fertilization. And that would be the basic knowledge you need to know about pregnancies.

Important Things you need to know before you have Unprotected Sex (or after)

Unprotected Sex Info

Judging by this thorough research,[1] in the U.S, the fertility rate has decreased. As a matter of fact, it has decreased to the lowest point ever.

So, for every 1000 women, there were 59.8 babies. This only proves my previous statement, regarding how difficult it is to get a woman pregnant. It usually takes a huge effort.

However, despite the fact that pregnancies aren’t easy to achieve, there are plenty of cases where women got pregnant even after protected sex. Either the condom broke or it had holes from the start.

So, Lesson number 1: Always check your condom before sexual intercourse as some of them are sold damaged.

Lesson number 2: Whether a man is wearing a condom or not, while he is having sex his penis is releasing liquid. That liquid comes out of the penis in small amount and men don’t feel it, however, it is important. In that liquid, there is a small concentration of sperm.

There is very little chance that a woman will get pregnant by the sperm in this liquid because most of them are dead, to begin with, but there were cases where even that happened.

That’s why not wearing a condom is a risk even if a man ejaculates outside of a woman but the risk isn’t that high, so don’t worry about this one too much.

Lesson number 3: Sperm needs liquid in order to stay alive. It can survive about 4 to 6 days inside of a woman. Despite all that, like I have already said most sperms die on their way to the uterus.

Many couples don’t make it on their first try exactly for that reason. Sperms have a hard time traveling to the uterus. This is another reason why you shouldn’t worry that much.

Lesson number 4: As we can see in this medical research,[2] women’s periods can be late because of stress. So, you both freaked out and now wait for her to get on her period. After a few days go by, she notices that her normal schedule was passed.

Don’t worry! This may be due to the fact that she stressed out thinking that she will get pregnant. Stress can delay periods up to a week.

Lesson number 5: There are contraceptive pills that will work magic for a woman. If you are in heavy doubt that she might get pregnant, this is the way for you. But you must act fast! Most pills only work up to 24 hours of your sexual intercourse.

There are some that can be taken even 2 days after your intercourse, but not work longer than that. So, if you are pretty sure she might get pregnant, it is good to take the pill immediately.

However, these pills aren’t natural and they might mess up woman’s hormone levels. She should consider talking to a doctor first as he might prescribe pills that will suit her best.

Lesson number 6: There are certain things that most people do but in vain. They aren’t effective!

Here is the list of things that won’t prevent pregnancy at all, but people make the mistake of believing it will:

  • Taking hot showers immediately after sex.
  • Soaping vagina after sex.
  • Self-treatments like: antibiotics and other meds.

What should a Woman do after Unprotected Sex?

Emergency Contraceptive Pill

There are very little things a man can do. He is just there for the sex part. After it, he might provide information but all of the things that are happening, are happening to a woman.

So, if you had unprotected sex, here is what you MUST do if you don’t want to worry.

These points will not only help you with an unwanted pregnancy but with infections and sexually transmitted diseases, known as STD.

Well, these would be my words of advice to you:

1. Within 72 hours (and I have already mentioned why), take your Plan B. If you are not on your birth control, taking an emergency contraceptive pill is an absolute must! The faster you take it, the better the chance it will work. If you take contraceptive pills in the first 24 hours, you are most likely (90% chance) out of the danger zone. Like I’ve said, some are effective even if you take them within the next 47 hours after sex, but they are more dangerous. However, if you take them in the “third 24 hours part”, they might and might not be effective.

2. After sexual intercourse, you should check how things are down under. Even the next few days you should be checking if everything is normal in your vaginal area. Check for strange odors, looks (color, how clear it is, skin), anything different.

3. Watch out for symptoms. Whether they are pregnancy or STD symptoms, you must watch! The sooner you find out the better it will be for you as you will have more time to react accordingly.

What are the Symptoms that Give away Pregnancy?

If you are wondering how you will know if you are pregnant or not, don’t worry. This article will cover that too.

These are the symptoms you have to follow:

There are other symptoms that can also give you the answer to the previous question, but these are the most common ones and if you don’t have anything from this list – you are 100% not pregnant.

Swollen Breasts – This symptom will most likely occur first (2 weeks after conception). When a woman is pregnant her hormones change. Woman’s hormones are not balanced in that period which leads to changes on visible on the body. One of those changes is swollen breasts.

Nausea – Nausea is one of the best pregnancy giveaways, regardless if it’s followed by vomiting or not. The most common thing a woman may notice is morning sickness. What this means is that nausea that’s connected to pregnancy 90% of the time occurs in the morning.

Missed Period – This is a no-brainer. If a woman misses her period by an unusual number of days, most likely she is pregnant. That’s definitely the number one symptom that always tells the correct story.

Like I have said, periods may be late for various of reasons including stress and sickness, however, if a period is completely missed, a woman is pregnant.

As you can see, I have only mentioned these three symptoms. Why is that? Well, they are the most important ones, or to say it differently, they are the best and easiest symptoms that give away the pregnancy.

NOTE: You may notice some of these symptoms, however, that doesn’t necessarily have to mean that you are pregnant. Most of these symptoms can occur because of a different reason. So, the only thing you can do is check for some of the symptoms from this list; check how you feel; check how your body reacts to different things these days and if you notice some drastic changes, head to the doctor for more information.

The worst thing that you can do is assume you are pregnant because you have headaches after your sexual intercourse. Remember, it isn’t that easy.

Read Next: 7 Steps You Should Take After Having Unprotected Sex

The Final Verdict

Well, that would be all that you need to know regarding this topic. When all is said and done, we have a decent message from this article.

That message would be that unprotected sex shouldn’t always be stressing people out to that extent. It isn’t easy making babies. Some people have been trying for months!

However, although it isn’t easy, there is a possibility which means you HAVE to be careful if you don’t want a child during this period of your life. So, don’t take this lightly and choose safe sex.

Buy condoms, if you must, take pills, but be careful with what you do. Your actions will have equal reactions that may or may not ruin your life.

That would be it. I hope that you have learned something new in this article and that you will put that knowledge to good use further on. Be safe!

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Dr. Ahmed Zayed

Dr. Ahmed Zayed Helmy holds a baccalaureate of Medicine and Surgery. He has completed his degree in 2011 at the University of Alexandri

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