• You are more than a week late for your period
  • You are experiencing slight cramping or twinges in your lower abdomen
  • Your breasts are tender and/or have dark areolas (nipples)
  • Your gums bleed when you brush or floss
  • You are experiencing frequent urination
  • You feel more tired than usual or having trouble sleeping
  • You are nauseous and/or vomiting
  • You and your partner had unprotected sexual intercourse
  • You are feeling more emotional than usual
  • You have an increase in vaginal secretions
  • You are experiencing frequent headaches
  • You are having dizzy spells
  • Your face is experiencing breakouts
  • You feel bloated or have cramping
  • Your lower back aches
  • You are having food aversions or cravings

If you have answered “yes” to many of the above listed symptoms, there is a chance you may be pregnant. You should consider taking a pregnancy test or visiting your family doctor.

Below are local agencies that can help and offer confidential and free pregnancy testing.
Lebanon Family Health Services
Susquehanna Pregnancy Center

Can you get pregnant this way?

  1. My boyfriend wasn’t wearing a condom, but he pulled out…..
     YES – Withdrawing is not a method of birth control!  Withdrawing only prevents the women from the male’s ejaculation.  It does nothing for the pre-ejaculatory fluids which most men cannot even feel and is expelled from the penis naturally during sexual activity.  Pre-ejaculatory fluids absolutely contain sperm which can cause pregnancy.  Again and very important, each tiny droplet of semen in pre-ejaculatory fluids can contain thousands of sperm.
  2. We had anal sex…..
    YES – There is a good chance a girl can get pregnant if ejaculation occurs close to the vaginal area.  Anal sex poses a high risk for both pregnancy and the transmission of sexually transmitted disease.  The tissue around the anal area is very susceptible to damage and disease transmission, so you need to be just as careful, if not more than during vaginal intercourse. You should always use a condom and be safe especially when having anal sex.
  3. He wore a condom…..
    YES and NO – Condoms if used correctly are an excellent method of birth control and STD prevention.  In fact, most family planning centers recommend that a male use a condom from the very beginning (once the penis becomes hard) to end of each sexual experience.  Also, they recommend an additional method of birth control like the pill or another hormone based method.
  4. He came in my mouth…..
    NO – You cannot get pregnant by swallowing semen. It is probably best not to have semen in your mouth from an STD prevention standpoint.  Semen and the mouth are excellent modes of transmission for STDs.
  5. I have my period….. 
     YES – When a teen-aged girl first gets her period, it takes time for the body to regulate itself and get on fairly reliable schedule.  THIS IS NOT A RECOMMENDED METHOD OF BIRTH CONTROL!  And, it is the one that is most often messed up.
  6. He came on his finger and then fingerd me…..
    YES – If there is wet or moist semen on his hand while he is fingering you then there is a possibility of pregnancy.
  7. I’m taking the pill…..
    YES and NO – The pill if used correctly is an extremely reliable method of pregnancy prevention.  The key is to take it correctly • exactly as directed.  The general directions are to take 1 pill each day, at the same time of day.  If a person takes it as directed and has not missed any pills, then the chances of becoming pregnant are very unlikely. If a person takes pills incorrectly or have missed pills and not used a backup method of protection then your chances of becoming pregnant are certainly greater.
  8. He came in my mouth and I kissed him then he gave me oral…..
    YES – A lot has to happen for a female to get pregnant this way, but a relatively small chance exists that you could become pregnant.
  9. We had sex in a hot tub/ shower…..
    YES and NO – Yes, if the male ejaculated inside the female.  The sperm never hits the outside heat and it swims up the fallopian tubes to fertilize the egg. NO – If the sperm was released into the water, there is an extremely small, small possibility that a female could get pregnant.
    Again, either way sperm are very tough creatures whose sole mission is to make its way to the fallopian tube and join with an egg. A bath may not be a friendly environment for sperm but when you consider that the tiniest droplet of semen contains thousands of sperm, one of these really energetic sperm could reach their mark.
    There is a false assumption out there that if you have sex in a hot tub that the heat will kill the sperm. Anytime you ejaculate inside a woman there is always a risk of pregnancy. Furthermore having sex in water does not protect you from sexually transmitted disease or pregnancy.
  10. I sat on a toilet seat…..
    YES – Although it is extremely unlikely that a woman could get pregnant from a toilet seat, the possibility exists.  Sperm is alive as long as it is moist. Once it dries up, it is no longer a threat. Anytime live sperm comes in contact with the vagina there is a chance pregnancy could occur.  So for pregnancy to occur there would have to be live sperm on the toilet seat, it would have to enter the woman’s vagina and that woman would have to be extremely fertile.  A lot needs to be happen but it is possible.

Adapted from:www.teenhealthfx.com