I am wondering if I could be pregnant, I am nursing my 2 month old but about a week ago I started feeling extremely tired, nausea and a stronger sense of smell. I have not started my period yet since I am still breastfeeding. Could I be pregnant again?
Yes I have had unprotected sex but only twice and my husband pulled out both times. It would be weird if I got pregnant so easy because it took at least 4 months to conceive all 3 of my previous children. That's why it is hard for me to believe I could actually be prego.
Boy, red rose, you have been lucky. What did you do about the pre-ejaculate on the tip right at the beginning of sex that has all those spermies in it? I agree with glad 2 be a mom, pulling out isn't really a "method." (It's more like birth-control Russian roulette.)
tdegeorge, as women have found out to their surprise for generations, neither nursing nor pulling out are foolproof at preventing pregnancy. Your symptoms sound right on the money, too. Hope all is well with this news.
Are you sure the operative word is "rarely?" From what I've read, it often does. Now I'll have to do some looking up! As for the pulling-out-not-working reason, I agree that surely the main one is forgetting oneself in the moment. Any attempt at birth control that counts on someone doing something against all their impulses at a time like that is unlikely to be wildly successful! :)
An article I read over the weekend said the pull-out method is about 96% effective when done correctly, but a more realistic rate is around 80% effetive because you're dealing with a highly aroused man.
I had never heard a percentage before of it is so effective when done correctly so in my mind was confirmation that "rarely" is a good term to use. Let me know what you dig up..... Or maybe Monkeyflower can confirm/squash my statement. Where is that woman when you need her? :-)
Wikipedia says the same thing that you read in that article:
It has been suggested that the pre-ejaculate ("Cowper's fluid"), fluid emitted by the penis prior to ejaculation, contains spermatozoa (sperm cells), and is easily drawn into the vagina by capillary action. However, several small studies have failed to find any viable sperm in the fluid. While no large conclusive studies have been done, it is now believed the primary cause of method failure is the pre-ejaculate fluid picking up sperm from a previous ejaculation. For this reason, it is recommended that users of withdrawal have the male partner urinate between ejaculations, to clear the urethra of sperm, and wash any ejaculate from objects that might come near the woman's vulva (e.g. hands and his penis).
Here's what Wikipedia says, it looks like you had the right idea. "Though frequently cited as a carrier for small numbers of sperm, and thus a potential cause of pregnancy, it is very unlikely that conception will occur from exposure to pre-ejaculate fluid. It has also been theorized that pre-ejaculate may push sperm from a prior ejaculation out, presumably if he has not urinated since his most recent ejaculation. These are among the reasons why withdrawal (coitus interruptus) is not considered to be a reliable method of birth control. There have been no large-scale studies of sperm in pre-ejaculate, but some smaller-scale studies suggest that any sperm present may be ineffectual at causing pregnancy." So I guess that while they are not saying absolutely this or positively that, the significant risk would be the failure to pull out or possibly some accidental contact after the ejaculation is over. Good call!
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