Unprotected sex? Do something now!

Are you a woman who has had sex with a man without using a condom or another type of contraceptive? Then you risk getting pregnant. Did you have unprotected sex in the last 5 days? And do you want to avoid pregnancy? Then you can still do something to prevent it happening.

When is there a risk of pregnancy?

  • If you have penis-in-vagina sex without using a reliable contraceptive.
  • If semen or pre-seminal fluid gets into the vagina.
  • If you take the pill, but you’ve missed 1 or more.
  • If you’ve vomited or had diarrhea within 3 hours of taking the pill.
  • If the only contraceptive, you use is a condom and it splits.
  • If something goes wrong with your vaginal ring, contraceptive patch, injection or implant, or an IUD or IUS coil.

Possible pregnancy: what now?

  1. Do you want to avoid pregnancy?
    Get the morning after pill at the pharmacy as soon as possible. You don’t need a prescription.
  2. Do you want to be pregnant?
    If you do want to be pregnant, all you can do is wait and see if it happens.  If your period is late, do a pregnancy test.
    Remember: if you’ve had sex without using condoms, you might have caught an STI. If you want to be sure you don’t have an STI, do an STI test.  

Guys, you can do something too!

You both decided to have unprotected sex. So if she’s pregnant, you should both take responsibility. Contraception is not only down to the woman!  What can you do?

Do you both want to avoid a pregnancy? Go to a pharmacy together and buy a morning after pill. Would she prefer to have an emergency coil (IUD) fitted? Together, make an appointment to see your doctor at Saba Cares.

Does she want to get pregnant against your wishes? Or do you want to be a father, and she doesn’t want to have children? Respect her choice; don’t get angry if she doesn’t want the same as you. Find a solution together, one that makes you both happy. Go to your doctor for help and advice.