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I am pregnant: what do I do now?

If you’ve had sex without using a contraceptive, there’s a chance you could be pregnant. And what can you do if you are?

If you were planning to get pregnant – congratulations! Head over to our section on pregnancy where you can find detailed information about what to expect.

For many people, though, pregnancy can come as a surprise. It’s easy to forget about the condom in the heat of the moment. Even if you use contraception perfectly, sometimes it just doesn’t work.

Either way, if you unintentionally get pregnant, you need to decide on what to do.

There are three options:

  • You could keep the baby.
  • You could deliver the baby and give it up for adoption, or to a family member.
  • You could have the pregnancy terminated (an abortion).

Whatever you decide, you need to think carefully about the next steps. Talk to someone you trust. Someone who can give you advice and support; preferably an adult such as your mother, an aunt, a friend, your partner, or your doctor. Someone who won’t judge you for the choices you ultimately make. In the end, you’re the one who has to make the decision.

It’s always best to talk your decision through with someone you trust. The surer you are of your decision, the better you will feel afterwards. Make sure you are the one who makes the final decision and do not settle for anything less. Don’t let anyone pressure you into a decision you don’t feel comfortable with.

Keep the baby

You could decide to keep the baby. This means thinking about the future:

what will you have to put into place to ensure you can take care of a dependent?

  • Do you have a plan and a social support system for instance from the baby’s father, or from family?
  • What are the short-, mid-, and long-term implications for your life and plans?
  • What about your education and career?
  • Will you have enough support – from the baby’s father, or your family?
  • Will you have enough resources to live on?
  • If you have a partner, what do they think?
  • Do they want to keep the child?
  • How many children do you have already?
  • Is it safe to have another?
  • Is the foetus healthy?
  • Are you healthy?
  • And the most important question: do you want this child?

Give the baby up for adoption

You could also have the baby adopted. Again, you need to think carefully, considering all your options. If you decide to take this option, how will you find someone to adopt your child?

You could contact an official adoption agency and have your child safely and legally adopted through the state. They will then take you through the process and explain what happens in adoption cases. They will ask you to sign a consent form and arrange a suitable plan for how you can get the baby to them once it is born. In most cases, adoption centres can make arrangements for you to leave the baby at the hospital, where they will collect it.

If you’re still very young and you live with your family, it helps if you can be honest with your parents. As a minor, you may be limited in some of the options you can consider. They may want to help raise the child or, if not, perhaps they can help you decide what to do. If it’s difficult to tell them, perhaps another family member or family friend could help you break the news.

Under no circumstances should you just abandon a child. Doing this is illegal and it is always better to leave a child with a hospital, adoption agency, or church, so the child can be taken care of.

End the pregnancy

The third option is to have an abortion. Like the others, this is not an easy decision to make, and you may need some time to think it over. But don’t let anyone choose for you. This is about you, your body, and your choices, so in the end, you have to decide for yourself. Read more about the different types of abortions.

Your decision

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. You should decide what feels right for you. If you’re really struggling, try talking through your options with someone you trust. 

For pregnancy crisis counselling, visit a Marie Stopes clinic near you. Click here to find the nearest clinic. 

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  1. In the morning I had my…
    In the morning I had my testa positive the following day I tested in afternoon and it was negative but I not seen my periods 8days passed on it

    1. (No subject)
      Hello Nyt,

      What test did you take?

      Blood tests are usually more accurate than urine tests. Visit a medical centre to have a blood test done. Missing your periods is however one sign that you could be pregnant.

      1. Urine test is almost 99%…
        Urine test is almost 99% accurate since it uses a hormonal reaction with artificial antigens within the strip. It’s hard to find the hormone when one is not pregnant. You should wait for a week or two then try it again to get perfect results. Good luck!

        1. Hello Dr. Vincent, thank you…

          Hello Dr. Vincent, thank you for sharing your insights. 

    2. Can a virgin girl get…
      Can a virgin girl get pregnannt when you have sex fr the first time?

        1. Please love how will I known…
          Please love how will I known the time to have sex so that will not get pregnant ?

          1. Hey Tessy, first, you can…

            Hey Tessy, first, you can have sex any time when you use protection like a condom or another birth control method. Safe days are one of the most unreliable ways to prevent pregnancy, and we really don’t recommend it at all. When your safe days are really depends on the length of your cycle. Technically speaking, the first seven days before and after your period, as well as the time of your period, are relatively safe. But, if you have a shorter cycle (shorter than 28 days), or an irregular one, this will vary. Also keep in mind that sperm can survive for up to five days and longer inside the body- so even if you have sex on a ‘safe’ day, you can still get pregnant, because the sperm survived until your ovulation date. So you see, it’s a very inaccurate. And lastly, of course this won’t protect you from STDs. Only condoms will. So we really recommend a more reliable method. https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

  2. Earlist pregnancy signs
    Earlist pregnancy signs

    1. I as a person overwork…
      I as a person overwork myself but ever since i got pregnant, i cannot do as much work as i normally do. I tend to vomit after eating the food i love like fruits, eggs, cakes, and many others.

      1. (No subject)
        Hi Diana,

        This is expected because of the changes that are going on in your body. Perhaps you could try eating smaller portions of meals more regularly. If the meals cause you to vomit all the time maybe you could explore other alternatives, what’s important is to keep healthy by eating well. We wish you well in your journey.

    2. (No subject)
      Early signs of pregnancy include:-

      Tender, swollen breast
      Fatigue
      Slight bleeding
      Nausea with or without vomiting
      Food cravings
      Headaches
      Constipation
      Mood swings among others.

      A missed period can also be a sign you could be pregnant. You can take a test to determine if you are or you are not pregnant. Check out the following article for more information.

      https://lovematters.co.ke/pregnancy/unsure-about-being-pregnant/am-i-pregnant

    3. I had sex after 12das of my…
      I had sex after 12das of my periods and after like 30min I saw the blood again it carried like three days and then stopped I had sex again BT now I tested pregnant which day Igot pregnant because the first time won’t appear very well but now it clear and

      1. Hi Ntume, I am not able to…

        Hi Ntume, I am not able to tell when it is you got pregnant but I suggest you visit a health centre for a check up especially if you too the pregnancy test at home. We wish you well.

  3. Its now about a month when i…
    Its now about a month when i hv not received my periods n no signs of pregnancy

    1. That is normal. You are not…
      That is normal. You are not receiving them maybe because you are a in a stressful situations or anxious situations. I too was once in that position.

    2. (No subject)
      Hi Petty,
      The best way to determine if you are pregnant is to get a pregnancy test. You could do a home urine test or visit a medical centre for a test. The signs that one person experiences may not be the same as what you will experience. Get a test to be sure.

  4. I had sex on 23rd and my…
    I had sex on 23rd and my period will be on 8th..is there any possibility of me been pregnant

  5. Hi,is it possible to get…
    Hi,is it possible to get pregnant wheile having crambs??what is the way forward bcoz i need a baby

  6. Hi I have skipped my period…
    Hi I have skipped my period for 38days i had a depo injection before and during those days my periods were regular.I was involved in food poisoning late may this year had my period on june and from there I have never had my period again…my breast are tender,bloating and feel nausea alot what could be the problem

    1. Hi Rumy, All birth control…
      Hi Rumy, All birth control methods have a failure rate. If you then have had sex during that period you could be pregnant. To rule out pregnancy, do consider taking a pregnancy test and if this is negative you can then consider other things.

  7. I am 3 weeks pregnant and i…
    I am 3 weeks pregnant and i really dont need a kind right now please advice

    1. Hi Lisa,…
      Hi Lisa,

      If you do not feel like you want the baby at this point you can consider carrying the pregnancy to term and then give up the baby for adoption. Visit a Marie Stopes Centre nearest or call the Marie Stopes toll free number 0800720005 to further discuss these options with you.

    2. Don’t do away with it .

      Don’t do away with it .

      Maybe it’s you’re first and last kid…

      1. Hey Linet, We appreciate…

        Hey Linet, We appreciate your thoughts.

  8. Could you please explain to…
    Could you please explain to me what ovulation is.

  9. What could be the signs of…
    What could be the signs of one week pregnancy??

    1. Hi Mary, most times many…
      Hi Mary, most times many women will not notice these early signs since they are not obvious. These may include signs such as fatigue, loss of interest in things, mood swings, and the constant need to urinate.

  10. If the pregnancy is one week…
    If the pregnancy is one week old, can this cause mood swings and dosing Or its anxiety?

    1. Marie, Yes mood swings and…
      Marie, Yes mood swings and fatigue are some of the early signs pregnancy.

  11. I was pregnant before and I…
    I was pregnant before and I had a discourage after recovering I was injected a family planing then after 3 months I got my period and failed to come the following month and came again the next month and right now I have a big belly but the test always show negative

    1. Hi Daisy, You may need to…
      Hi Daisy, You may need to get a scan. You have not talked about what tests you have done, if these are home urine tests then it maybe important to seek services at medical centre. A scan will better inform what could be going on.

  12. I have a big belly which is…
    I have a big belly which is growing week to week but the test is always negative.am I pregnant

    1. Hi Daisy, You may need to…
      Hi Daisy, I am not able to tell if you are pregnant or not, however get to a medical centre for tests. Perhaps a scan will be even better at determining what could be going on.

  13. Hi daisy,av missed my…
    Hi daisy,av missed my periods for about one month and no sign of pregnancy.plz advice since I wish I could be pregnant

  14. I used clomid n got my…
    I used clomid n got my period five days after the actual date, can I b pregnant

    1. Hi Mary, you can experience…
      Hi Mary, you can experience some bleeding or spotting after conception. This is different from your regular period. It is best to take a pregnancy test to be certain.

  15. Does one continue getting…
    Does one continue getting virginal discharge after conception

    1. Yes Anna, after conception…
      Yes Anna, after conception your body starts to produce hormones to help with the pregnancy and keep a baby healthy. These changes happens for a healthy pregnancy, but they’ll also change the way that your discharge looks in the process.

  16. Hello,am having a problem,I…
    Hello,am having a problem,I missed my periods,It’s one month now,the only sign am experiencing is my breast becoming heavy each night and arching in the armpits,plz advice.

      1. Hello how can I calculate my…
        Hello how can I calculate my ovulation

        1. The time you’re likely to…

          The time you’re likely to ovulate lasts four days, between 16 and 12 days before the first day of your period. If you have a period every 28 days, take 16 away from 28: 28 – 16 = 12 That means the four days you’re most likely to ovulate begin 12 days after your period starts. So your period starts on day one, and you ovulate between day 12 and 16. If you have a period every 21 days, take 16 away from 21: 21 – 16 = 5. That means the four days you’re likely to ovulate begin five days after your period starts. So your period starts on day one, and you ovulate between day five and day 9. if this is still not clear, click on the following link to help you calculate the days you are going to ovulate;- https://www.babycenter.com/ovulation-calculator

          https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation-myths-busted

          1. Pls can I be pregnant and…
            Pls can I be pregnant and still be mentruating .my present period came out 6 days after the due date.pls explain thanks

          2. Hi Gloria, when you become…

            Hi Gloria, when you become pregnant you stop menstruating. On the other hand there are various reasons that can make ones period to delay including, using birth control, change of environment, excessive exercising, hormonal issues, body weight changes among other reasons. Have a look at the following article for additional information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

  17. I used p2 last month and had…
    I used p2 last month and had sex on safe days this month can I get pregnant

  18. Jjj what is the meaning of…
    Jjj what is the meaning of mood swings?

    1. Hey, Everyone respond to…
      Hey, Everyone respond to changes that come with being pregnant physical, emotional and hormonal. During pregnancy one may experience heightened emotions, both positive and negative. Others feel more depressed or anxious. These drastic and sometimes extreme changes in emotions is what is referred to mood swings. Many pregnant women find that these emotions appear around week 6 to 10, they ease in the second trimester, and then reappear as the due date approaches.

    2. mood swings is when you get…
      mood swings is when you get angry unecessarying you just cant figure when your angry and everything around might get you upset

      1. We appreciate your…

        We appreciate your contribution. 

  19. Hello. I had my menstrual…
    Hello. I had my menstrual period on 21st Sept and I had unprotected sex and now I have missed period. Could I be pregnant?

    1. Hey Emmie, A missed period…
      Hey Emmie, A missed period is one of the signs of pregnancy but your periods can also be delayed by a number of other reasons. To rule out pregnancy, get a pregnancy test then you consider other reasons for the missed or delayed period.

  20. I have not received my…
    I have not received my periods… I feel nausea but I used condom. Could I be pregnant? If so how do I abort it without surgery? Plz help

    1. Is it possible for someone…
      Is it possible for someone to get pregnant and at the same time see her period

      1. Hey Nancy, one can’t have…

        Hey Nancy, one can’t have their menstrual period while pregnant. A missed period is one of the early sign of pregnancy. Some women do have vaginal bleeding during pregnancy and may seem like a regular period. However Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is not the same thing as menstruation.It is important to consult your medical provider when one experiences vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. The most sure way to determine if one is pregnant is by getting a pregnancy test do.

  21. I have9 months without…
    I have9 months without useing anything and we always do sex and am not pregnant what is wrong

  22. My period is late and i was…
    My period is late and i was not intimate with anyone. What could be the problem?

    1. Hi Nicole, Other than…
      Hi Nicole, Other than pregnancy there are other causes of a delayed period including; excessive weight loss or gain, low body weight is also a common cause of missed or irregular periods, eating disorders, increased exercise, emotional stress, illness, travel, Medicines such as birth control methods, which may cause lighter, less frequent, more frequent, or skipped periods or no periods at all, hormone problems and changes.

  23. Hi…I just had sex from…
    Hi…I just had sex from..1st this month….feeling tired every morning…now since 14 I have been having spotting…..could I be pregnant because my days are not yet..please help

    1. Hey Esther, The best way to…
      Hey Esther, The best way to rule out pregnancy is to get a pregnancy test done. Visit a medical centre and get a pregnancy test done.

    2. You are automatically…
      You are automatically pregnant Esther

      1. Hey there, thank you for…

        Hey there, thank you for your contribution.

  24. Hi,I had slight bleeding …
    Hi,I had slight bleeding ,abdominal pain some headach but after 3weeks I heard athing coming out from ma stomach and I went to the toilet but thing had shining and looked like achickenliver ,what was that ? but that was my first day to play sex.

    1. Hi Cissy, I can’t really…
      Hi Cissy, I can’t really tell what that was but you may need to seek medical advice to make sure all is well.

  25. Am spotting without any pain…
    Am spotting without any pain abdominal pain can i be pregnant?

    1. Hi Maria, Sometimes a small…
      Hi Maria, Sometimes a small amount of spotting or vaginal bleeding is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. It may or may not be accompanied by cramping. Get a pregnancy test done to be certain.

  26. Hi,my belly is growing big…
    Hi,my belly is growing big have being using depo…my breast are tender,I feel baby kicks in my body….have done urine tests shows negative..have gone for the scan shows am OK nt pregnant,..am confused because my stomach becoming and the kicks what could be the problem…..

    1. Hi Cecy, I can’t really tell…
      Hi Cecy, I can’t really tell what you test is negative and the scan doesn’t show anything yet you feel the kicks. I suggest you seek a second opinion from a different doctor or health facility to see if the tests will agree or give different results. Also, all birth control methods have a failure rate, which means even when you are using a birth control method you could still get pregnant.

  27. I last had sex on 3rd.dec…
    I last had sex on 3rd.dec aweek ago,but im feeling contractions in my stomach,hungry all the time,sleepy.but stil waiting for my periods which have not yet passed.im i pregnant?can a 9 day pregnancy be tested.

    1. Hey Zawad, I can’t tell…
      Hey Zawad, I can’t tell whether you could be pregnant or not. Best thing is to wait for your periods and if they don’t come you can go on and have a pregnancy test. Typically, tests are done from two weeks but there are those that may detect earlier than this. Talk to your medical provider to see what options they have.

  28. Hi,I had sex about 10…
    Hi,I had sex about 10-17days after periods and now am experiencing abdomen pain,could I be pregnant?

    1. Hi Connie, it is not…
      Hi Connie, it is not possible to tell if you are pregnant but you could take a pregnancy test to get to know, usually after two weeks or 14 days.

  29. Hi! I last had my periods on…
    Hi! I last had my periods on 6 Nov ember ( irregular)and I have a feeling I could be pregnant.
    I badly need a baby and can’t consider a pregnancy test because I’m afraid I’ll be disappointed

  30. Am three months pregnant …
    Am three months pregnant can I get an obortion

    1. Hi Mary, have you considered…
      Hi Mary, have you considered other options aside from abortion including carrying the pregnancy to term and then giving up the baby for adoption? Do visit a Marie Stopes Centre where you will receive further support. You can also call them toll free on this number 0800720005 or WhatsApp them on 0709819000. Check out this article for additional information;-
      https://lovematters.co.ke/pregnancy/unsure-about-being-pregnant/abortion

  31. I took Postinor 2 one day…
    I took Postinor 2 one day after my ovulation date and started experiencing brown discharge 9 days later. Then 3 days later I started to bleed, it was mixed with the brown discharge on the first day and on the 2nd day it was heavier with blood clots in it. It lasted for 2 days but 3 days later I am still getting brown discharge. The bleeding started about 1 week before my period was supposed to start.
    What is going on, am I pregnant??

  32. Have being using femiplan…
    Have being using femiplan but I had unprotected sex before 7 days nd I have missed my period I my pregnant ?

  33. Hi Joy, a missed period is…
    Hi Joy, a missed period is an early sign that you could be pregnant. If it has already been 14 days since you had unprotected sex, consider taking a pregnancy test to be certain.

  34. Hello HV been using depo and…
    Hello HV been using depo and I was supposed to return for it by 9 the of this month BT I didn’t…can I be pregnant?

    1. Hi Jane, what can we do for…

      Hi Jane, what can we do for you?

  35. after giving birth is 1year…
    after giving birth is 1year 1 month and I have not received my period and feeling like am pregnant I is t posible

    1. Hey Lyn, Are you currently…

      Hey Lyn, Are you currently using a Birth Control method? A Birth Control method can alter your period, however, if you are not using any method, there are other reasons that can cause an irregular period. These include, change of diet, weigh gain or weight loss, excessive exercises, change in environment among other. 

  36. I had sex 2nd of this month…
    I had sex 2nd of this month that’s 2days after my period is their any chances of me getting pregnant?

  37. Am married for one year and…
    Am married for one year and am not pregnant what’s the problem

  38. I had my pees from 18th ladt…
    I had my pees from 18th ladt month to 22 and on 23 i had unprotected sex until now i have not had my periods is it possible that am pregnant??

    1. Hey Bebz, You may need to…

      Hey Bebz, You may need to get a pregnancy test to get to know if you are pregnant or not especially because there are other reasons that can lead to a delayed period. These include, stress, change in environment, change in diet, extreme exercise among others. To rull out pregnancy, take a test.

  39. Hi
    Got intimate with him on…

    Hi
    Got intimate with him on my fisrt day of ovulation last month..
    Now have missed my periods this month….could i be pregnant?

    1. Hi Lina, the best way to get…

      Hi Lina, the best way to get to know whether you are pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test. A missed pregnancy is one of the early signs that one could be pregnant. DO visit a health centre for a test or take a home test. Check out this article;- https://lovematters.co.ke/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

  40. Hi… i usually have cramps…
    Hi… i usually have cramps during my periods kindly advice me on which painkillers i can use to reveal the pain. then if you have cramps during periods is it possible that you will not have pains when delivering your first born child please help me.

    1. Hi Fizzy, Talk to your local…
      Hi Fizzy, Talk to your local pharmacists about what painkillers will be more effective for you to use. Aside from painkillers there are a few things one can do to help relieve the pain including the use of some birth control methods. Also, having cramps doesn’t mean that one will have a painless first delivery. Check out this article;- https://lovematters.co.ke/our-bodies/female-body/dealing-with-period-pain

  41. I had sex during my second…
    I had sex during my second day of period and three days later l had sex, could I b pregnant seen av been experiencing abdominal pain with back ACH

    1. Hi Carol, this period is…
      Hi Carol, this period is relatively safe though one can still get pregnant. You may need to consider taking a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy.

  42. Hi, have been using depo …
    Hi, have been using depo injection for the past two yrs and ever since have not seen my period. I’m worried, am I save?

    1. Hi There, a common side…
      Hi There, a common side effect of the Depo-Provera injection is changes in ones menstrual cycle, which is what you are experiencing. It should be concerning if you were experiencing very heavy bleeding. You can consider speaking to your health provider for further information. Check out this article;- https://lovematters.co.ke/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/shot

  43. hi, i have missed my periods…
    hi, i have missed my periods from DEC 2017, went for a scan on January and wasn’t pregnant got light sports on Feb and no any periods so far. my tummy is getting bigger by day and i have done home urine tests and are negative.. could i be pregnant? please help

    1. Hi Irene, you maybe pregnant…
      Hi Irene, you maybe pregnant especially if you have had unprotected sex. A missed period is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. I suggest you visit a health centre for other more accurate tests and perhaps another scan. The health provider should be able to advice based on the outcome of the tests.

  44. Hi I had my pees on 1st to…
    Hi I had my pees on 1st to 4th and on 14th afta I had unprotected sex. now I missed my period can I be pregnant

    1. Hey Merci, a missed period…
      Hey Merci, a missed period is one of the early signs of pregnancy. Other causes may include change in environment, change in diet, extreme exercise and also stress. You may want to rule out pregnancy by getting a pregnancy test.

  45. could someone be pregnant…
    could someone be pregnant while having and STI

    1. Hey Mercy, yes one can still…
      Hey Mercy, yes one can still get pregnant even when they have an STI, when untreated however the STI can pose a risk to the unborn baby including causing a miscarriage. If you suspect you could having an STI, do visit a medical centre for a check up and possible treatment. Check out the following article for more information;- https://lovematters.co.ke/safe-sex/stds-stis

  46. I haven’t had my periods for…
    I haven’t had my periods for the last two months and I use pills.. My pregnancy test was invalid but am having nausea and cravings.
    Could I be pregnant

    1. Hi Nana, the signs you have…
      Hi Nana, the signs you have described including a missed period are some of the early signs of pregnancy. If the test was invalid it is import to do another. Also, if you did a urine test, you may want to consider taking a blood test. This is the best way way to determine if you are pregnant. Do visit a health centre for the tests. Check out this article;- https://lovematters.co.ke/pregnancy/being-pregnant/your-body-and-pregnancy

  47. What is the early sign I can…
    What is the early sign I can see in my body in fast week after being pregnant?

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  49. I had sex 4 days before my…
    I had sex 4 days before my period and now my period has not come it is late by 3 days. Do you think this means I am pregnant?

    1. Hey, aside from pregnancy…

      Hey, aside from pregnancy there are other reasons that can lead to a delayed period including stress, changes in diet, extreme exercise and also hormonal imbalance. Period may delay for upto 5 days, if after five days your period has not come you may have to wait for 14 days from the day you had sex to get a pregnancy test to get to know if you are pregnant.    

  50. If he only rubbed his penis…
    If he only rubbed his penis on my vagina, he did not enter and he ejaculated on my tummy is the a risk of getting pregnant?

    1. Hi, if he didn’t ejaculate…

      Hi, if he didn’t ejaculate inside you or anywhere near your vagina then there is no risk of getting pregnant. However, there could be a risk of getting infected with an Sexually Transmitted Infection especially because of the fluid produced before semen by men during sex. Check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/safe-sex/sti-prevention/staying-safe

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  52. What is thr most effective…
    What is thr most effective way to prevent pregnancy after having sex? The condom we were using burst and now am worried please help.

  53. Hi Love Matters, we had sex…
    Hi Love Matters, we had sex two weeks ago and it was not protected. Now I have missed my periods for 4 days I am also having having lower abdominal pains. Am I pregnant?

    1. Hey Tish, the best way to…

      Hey Tish, the best way to get to know whether you are pregnant or not is to take a pregnancy test. If is has been 14 days from the day you had sex do get a pregnancy it should be able to confirm or rule out pregnancy. Having said that, there are a number of other reasons that can lead to a delayed period including stress, drastic weight gain and loss, extreme exercises and hormonal issues. The best place to start is to get a pregnancy test. Visit a medical centre to have a test done. Check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/unsure-about-being-pregnant/am-i-pregnant

  54. My period is late I think I…
    My period is late I think I am pregnant. I don’t know what to do because thr last person I was wit it was just a one time thing.

    1. Hi, there are a number of…

      Hi, there are a number of reasons that can lead to a delayed pregnancy. Pregnancy is one of them, but also, Hormonal imbalance, extreme exercises, eating disorders and also stress. It is best that you get a pregnancy test, to get to know if the delay is as a result of pregnancy. Visit a medical centre and get a pregnancy test done then you can decide how to proceed. 

  55. What are causes of irregular…
    What are causes of irregular period s and can they affect your Chance’s of conception

    1. Hi Jane, Irregular periods…

      Hi Jane, Irregular periods can be caused by a number of reasons. Changes in ones body’s level of hormones can disrupt the normal pattern of their period. Other reasons include; too much exercise, stress, eating disorders, significant increase or decrease in weight, use of birth control methods especially hormonal methods among others. Usually, one wouldn’t require any treatment unless, they have been having a regular period and this has since changed to be irregular including missing three or more periods a year, the period comes more often than every 21 days, heavily bleeding than usual during periods, bleeding for more than 7 days and when one experiences more pain than usual during a period. The key to getting pregnant is to determine when it is you are most fertile; this is when you are about to or when you are ovulating. Having sex around this time greatly increases the chances of getting pregnant. The unpredictability of irregular periods might make it challenging for one to get to know when they are ovulating. However, one can still tell when they are ovulating or when they will ovulate and capitalize on this. Check out the following article for more information including how to tell when you are ovulating or when you will ovulate;

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/before-pregnancy/getting-pregnant-dos-and-donts

  56. sijapata periods for about 3…
    sijapata periods for about 3 months now. Is it possible that I might be pregnant though I have been using contraception?

    1. Hey Sally, you didn’t…

      Hey Sally, you didn’t mention which method you are using…Depending on the method you are using it may affect your period. It is also important you a pregnancy test done to rule pregnancy out especially because birth control methods do have a failure rate. Check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control

  57. Can you get pregnant if you…
    Can you get pregnant if you have sex during your periods?

    1. Hey Ess, the chances of…

      Hey Ess, the chances of becoming pregnant during menstruation are extremely small, but it can still happen. Though generally, it is a very safe time to have unprotected sex if you’re trying to avoid pregnancy, a man’s sperm has the ability to survive inside the woman’s body for a few days and there is a small chance that an early ovulation could cause pregnancy. If you want to avoid getting pregnant, it is best to use contraceptives. Check out this article for more information on sex during periods;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/sex-during-your-period-top-five-facts

  58. I think I could be pregnant…
    I think I could be pregnant I missed my last period. I have not spoken with my partner yet and getting an abortion is just not an options for me. My challenge is how to break this news to my mother. She will be so disappointed with me I don’t know hot to face her with such news.

    1. Hi, it is important you get…

      Hi, it is important you get a pregnancy test done to be certain that you are pregnant since there are other reasons aside from pregnancy that can cause your period to delay including stress, hormonal issues, change of environment, change of diet and even increase or decrease in weight. The decision of how to deal with the pregnancy is your personal decision, take time and think about how you want to proceed to make an informed decision. Lastly, find a good time to talk to your mother about this especially because she will eventually get to know. You can consider seeking help from a family friend or relative who may help you talk to you mum. Also, do consider to inform your partner who may help in how to move forward. Remember though that the final decision of how to proceed is your personal decision. 

  59. What are the effects of…
    What are the effects of aborting a3 month pregancey

    1. Hi Irenr, abortion pills may…

      Hi Irenr, abortion pills may cause some bleeding, cramping, diarrhoea, and sickness. It may feel like really bad period pains. One is unlikely to notice the embryo among the blood clots – it’s still no bigger than a small grape at eight weeks, and even smaller earlier in the pregnancy. If the bleeding and pain feel too severe, you should go to the nearest clinic or hospital. I suggest you call Marie Stopes toll-free on 0800720005 or WhatsApp us on 0709819000 this is if you are in Kenya or otherwise visit a Marie Stopes Centre where you will get further assistance. It is also important to recognize what the law says about abortion services in your country. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/unsure-about-being-pregnant/abortion

  60. I took p2 .my period came…
    I took p2 .my period came since that tyme till now I have not received again ??? Can I be pregnant

    1. Hey Cira, the P2 is most…

      Hey Cira, the P2 is most effective at – 95 per cent effective – when taken within the first 24 hours after having unprotected sex and specifically between the first 12 – 24 hours. There is however a 5 per cent chance that one could get pregnant. The longer one takes to take the pill the less effective it becomes. Also, taking the pill is likely to affect your period so that the period comes early or is delayed. It is also important that you get a pregnancy test done to determine whether you are pregnant or not. Check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  61. My period starts 11july n…
    My period starts 11july n ends 17july,, how can i calculate my free periods….. Tanx

  62. I am pregnant, I still have…
    I am pregnant, I still have a baby in my hand, I don’t want another one now, what do I do?

    1. Hi Victory, have you…

      Hi Victory, have you considered all your options aside from terminating the pregnancy? Have you talked to your partner about what support you need if you are to go through with this? The decision of what happens to your body is your own, only you can and should make that decision. The other option you have to consider is whether you want to terminate the pregnancy. I suggest you call Marie Stopes toll-free on 0800720005 or WhatsApp them on 0709819000 this is if you are in Kenya. Better still, you can visit a Marie Stopes Centre near you for further counselling and support. We wish you well. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/unsure-about-being-pregnant/abortion

  63. I had sexthe 8th day after…
    I had sexthe 8th day after period can I be pregnant?

    1. Hi Lavender, usually the…

      Hi Lavender, usually the first seven days before and after your period, as well as the time of your period, are relatively safe and one is likely not to get pregnant. After this period however, the chances of getting pregnant are higher. All this is depended on the length of ones period. Check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation 

  64. I am a nursing mother…
    I am a nursing mother,because of this my menstruation refused to come
    Tho I do have sex
    How can I know if am pregnant

    1. Hey Damola, while you are…

      Hey Damola, while you are exclusively breastfeeding you baby you will not menstruate which also mean can’t get pregnant during this time. If however, you begin to supplement breastfeeding with other meals for your baby, your periods will resume and if you have unprotected sex you might get pregnant. To get to know if you are pregnant, get a pregnancy test done. You may also consider discussing birth control with you health provider. Check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/choosing-the-right-birth-control/how-to-choose

  65. Have sex 8days after my…
    Have sex 8days after my period,what will happen will i be pregnant,cause my last period last for twodays what will happen am i pregnant???

    1. Hey Linda, there is no way…

      Hey Linda, there is no way to tell if you will be pregnant. There is a chance that you could be pregnant. You may have to wait to see if you will have your next period to determine if you are pregnant or not. Consider getting a pregnancy test done, this is the est way to get to know if you got pregnant.  

  66. Is it possible for girl to…
    Is it possible for girl to know that she is pregnancy after 4 days sex

    1. Hey Oluchi, One would need…

      Hey Oluchi, One would need to get a pregnancy test done to find out if they are pregnant or not. Blood tests are more sensitive than urine tests and may detect pregnancy from about six days to eight days after ovulation. Talk to a health provider to get a pregnancy done. Check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

  67. I had sex last month with…
    I had sex last month with protection..
    I ends my period today, and have been feeling weak since morning,my under belly has been panning me and I feel like vomiting,..those that means am pregnant

    1. Hi Rose, if you just had…

      Hi Rose, if you just had your period then you are not pregnant since you can’t be pregnant and have your period at the same time. If you are feeling unwell it maybe important to seek medical attention. Remember a missed period is one of the early signs of being pregnant. 

  68. I did no see my period last…
    I did no see my period last mount and I saw it this mount and I have sex the third day and am having pain in my breast am I pregnant

    1. Hey Chidima, if you had your…

      Hey Chidima, if you had your period this means you are not pregnant since one of the reasons for a missed period is pregnancy. A missed period can also be caused by stress, as well as extreme exercise, weight loss or weight gain, eating disorders, or hormonal issues. Also, there is a small chance that one can get pregnant if they have sex during their period. This is greatly depended on the length of a person’s cycle. The chance is however small. Lastly, the best way to get to know if one is pregnant is to get a pregnancy test done, one can get the test a t a medical centre or but a home test from the pharmacy and carryout the test at home. Check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/sex-during-your-period-top-five-facts

  69. I had unprotected sex and…
    I had unprotected sex and after around 2 weeks I received my periods though it delayed with 3 days,next month i had ovulation cramps,
    can I be pregnant

    1. Hey Liz, first, if you…

      Hey Liz, first, if you received your periods it means you are not pregnant. One cannot be pregnant and receive periods at the same time. Same thing applies to ovulation, if you are pregnant you will also not ovulate. On the other hand, periods can be delayed for a number of reasons including hormonal issues, change in environment, weight gain or weight loss, stress among other reasons. The best way however, to get to know whether you are pregnant or not is to get a pregnancy test done. 

  70. How can someone be pregnant…
    How can someone be pregnant and at the same time see her period

    1. Hey Vicky, you can’t have…

      Hey Vicky, you can’t have your menstrual period while you’re pregnant. Some women do have vaginal bleeding during pregnancy. Some even report irregular bleeding that seems like a regular period to them. But vaginal bleeding during pregnancy is not the same thing as menstruation. Bleeding can be a serious issue or not and for this reason it is important to see a doctor if you experience any bleeding. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

  71. I had sex may12 nd I saw my…
    I had sex may12 nd I saw my period dat same month nd d following month which is June, but I didn’t see it July atall till now… could it be that I’m pregnant?

    1. Hey Ewa, if the only time…

      Hey Ewa, if the only time you had unprotected sex is the 12th of May then you are not pregnant. When you receive your periods it means you are not pregnant. One cannot be pregnant and receive periods at the same time. There are other reasons that can lead to a delayed or missed period including hormonal issues, change in environment, weight gain or weight loss, stress, use of birth control among other reasons. Other it may just be that one didn’t get the dates right. 

  72. It is possible to be…
    It is possible to be pregnant and when scan is empty uterus and still having period?

    1. Hey Hafsat, first, one can’t…

      Hey Hafsat, first, one can’t be pregnant and have periods all at the same time. When a person becomes pregnant one of the signs is that they will no longer have periods. Additionally, if the scan says she is not pregnant, then she is not pregnant. 

  73. Hi hi plrsse I use to bleee…
    Hi hi plrsse I use to bleee when I have sex with my guy what could be the cause

    1. Hi Eno, bleeding during and…

      Hi Eno, bleeding during and after sex is cause of concern. It maybe the result of an infection in the vagina or having dry sex where intercourse happens before the vagina is well lubricated and moist. Dry sex may cause bruises which will lead to bleeding. If this is something that happens all the time you have sex, it’s important you seek medical advice for a check up. heck out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/making-love/sex-problems-how-to-overcome-them/difficulties-with-sex-women 

  74. It is three months after my…
    It is three months after my wife gave birth but she has not recieved her period yet. Should we be worried?

  75. please explain to me what…
    please explain to me what ovulation is in a simple way.

    1. Hey Chuchu, Ovulation is the…

      Hey Chuchu, Ovulation is the process where the ovary releases a mature egg, which passes into the fallopian tube. Some women may feel a slight pain on one side of their lower back or abdominal area around the time of ovulation. This too is normal. Ovulation takes place about 14 days after the first day of your period. Check out this article for more information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

  76. I had sex a few times over…
    I had sex a few times over the weekend I could not get P2 until today Monday about 11am. What is the chance I can get pregnant?

  77. What is the bad effect of…
    What is the bad effect of having sex during my periods? Can I get pregnant if have sex when on periods?

    1. Hey Ash, there is no…

      Hey Ash, there is no negative effect associated with having sex during your periods, if you and your partner are comfortable with this. Infact, sex can help relieve some of the period pain. The chance that one can get pregnant having sex during periods is low. It depends with the length of ones cycle. Check out the following article for more information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/sex-during-your-period-top-five-facts

  78. I have missed my periods,…
    I have missed my periods, does this mean I am pregnant? Please tell why the morning after pill I took after sex did not work?

    1. Hello Sharon, first, the…

      Hello Sharon, first, the surest way to know if you are pregnant is by taking a pregnancy test. Have you already done the test? If not you may consider doing the test. Second, emergency contraceptive pill (morning after pill) does affect the menstrual cycle. After taking the pill your periods may come five days earlier or later than the day you expected. Perhaps that is what is happening to you. Finally, emergency contraceptive pill is only effective if taken within the stipulated time – seventy two (72) hours. Remember the sooner you take the pill the higher the effective rate. Check out this article for more information: https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception-top-five-facts

  79. My period is late yet i have…
    My period is late yet i have not had any sex with anyone. What could be the problem?

    1. Hi Terry, there are other…

      Hi Terry, there are other reasons other than pregnancy that can cause once period to be late. These include, change in environment, change in diet, weight gain or weight loss, extreme exercises, stress, hormonal imbalance among others. If this however happens often, it may be important to consult a health provider.  

  80. Hae I missed my period it’s…
    Hae I missed my period it’s one month now I dint cume only my husband the only sign am having is tender breast aching at the nipple could i be pregnant?

    1. Hi Jane, the sure way to…

      Hi Jane, the sure way to tell if you are pregnant is by getting a pregnancy test done. I suggest you get one done, to rule out pregnancy. 

  81. I took P2 two days after sex…
    I took P2 two days after sex will it work?

  82. Do these home pregnancy…
    Do these home pregnancy tests work, I feel pregnant but the test says I am not pregnant?

    1. Hey Sylvia, yes they do work…

      Hey Sylvia, yes they do work however they are less accurate as compared to pregnancy tests that use blood samples. This can be done at a health facility. When doing a home urine test, follow the provided instructions for accurate results. If in doubt, get a blood test done which has a higher accuracy level and can also tell if one is pregnant sooner.

  83. Hello,I have a cycle of…
    Hello,I have a cycle of 26days,and yesterday was my ovulation day,I’ve been trying t have a baby but in vain. I had sex yesterday, is there possibility of testing positive for pregnancy

    1. Hey Zippy, yes there is a…

      Hey Zippy, yes there is a possibility that you could get pregnant. This is the time you are most fertile and most likely to get pregnant. However, if you have been trying to get pregnant for longer than 12 months, it is important that you seek the services of a Gynecologist who will be able to further advice. The earliest you can tell if you are pregnant or not is from 14 days. In the meantime have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/before-pregnancy/getting-pregnant-dos-and-donts

  84. Hi.I finished my period on…
    Hi.I finished my period on 8th this month, and I had unprotected sex.then I did pregnant text on Monday it’s positive. Then on yesterday I seen brownish it normal. Then its mean am pregnant. Help pliz

    1. Hi Phyllis, the brownish…

      Hi Phyllis, the brownish discharge is normal. It occurs when you are about to get your periods or after the periods. If the test was positive then you may want to visit a clinic for a confirmation test  and to also begin your Ante-Natal clinic visits. We wish you all the best. 

  85. for how can menstruation…
    for how can menstruation delay so that we can say one is pregnant

    1. Hi Eunice, a missed period…

      Hi Eunice, a missed period can indicate pregnancy if one has had unprotected sex. To rule out pregnancy one needs to take a pregnancy test this is because there are other reasons that cause a missed or delayed period including hormonal imbalance, weight gain or weight loss, stress among others. 

  86. I am scared I maybe pregnant…
    I am scared I maybe pregnant and yet I am not ready for it becoz I am still in college. I had sex with my boyfriend 2 weeks ago but I used P2 but now I have missed my periods for 3 days. Could I be pregnant? What can make the P2 to fail? Help me am worried.

    1. Hi there, one of the…

      Hi there, one of the disadvantages of Emergency Contraception pill is that it affects the next periods so that the period comes early or late by a couple of days. However, it is important that you take a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy. P2 is likely not to work if it is taken 72 hours after having unprotected sex or if one vomits soon after taking the pill. Take pregnancy test to find out whether you are pregnant or if the delay is as a result of the pill. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  87. Can I get pregnant if I have…
    Can I get pregnant if I have sex when on my periods?

  88. i have been trying to get…
    i have been trying to get pregnant fro a long time without success why is this?

  89. Had sex on 23 and hv missed…
    Had sex on 23 and hv missed my prds…can i b pregnant?? Plz help

    1. Hey Reen, You may or may not…

      Hey Reen, You may or may not be pregnant. There are other reasons other than pregnancy that can lead to a delayed period including hormonal issues, change in diet, environment, stress among other reasons. To rule out pregnancy, begin by getting a pregnancy test done to get to know if you are pregnant or not.

  90. Hi I had my periods 8th last…
    Hi I had my periods 8th last month and played sex safely but haven’t had my periods this month….. My boyfriend insists I keep his pregnancy but I’m afraid we’re young and schooling together need help

    1. Hey Glooh, aside from…

      Hey Glooh, aside from pregnancy there a number of other reasons that can cause your period to delay. These include hormonal issues, change in environment, weight gain or weight loss, stress among others. Start by taking a pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy or to find out if you are pregnant or not. 

  91. I. Want to get pregnant but…
    I. Want to get pregnant but I have failed for the six months please advice.

  92. I usually get miscourage…
    I usually get miscourage every 3month of pregnancy ..wat causing

    1. Hello Alichia, so sorry…

      Hello Alichia, so sorry about this. Most miscarriages happen when the unborn baby has genetic problems, usually unrelated to the mother. There are other reasons that may lead to a miscarriage including, immune system responses, Hormone problems, infection among others. It is important that you start your prenatal clinics as soon as possible which will also help monitor the pregnancy for any complications. Have a look at this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/being-pregnant/miscarriage We wish you the very best in your journey. 

  93. I have a six month old baby…
    I have a six month old baby and I just foumd out I am pregnant. I don’t know what to do and am not sure how my husband will react to this news…soo confused.

    1. Hey Evelyn, indeed an…

      Hey Evelyn, indeed an unplanned pregnancy can be confusing especially when you still have a 6 months old baby. It is important that you discuss this with your husband and then together agree on how to proceed. 

  94. my periods have delayed by…
    my periods have delayed by close to one week. I used P2 to prevent pregnancy. What reason can make it not to work?

    1. Hi Sue, Emergency…

      Hi Sue, Emergency contraception or P2 will have an effect or change the timing of your next period so that the period delays or it comes early. You need to take a pregnancy test to determine whether the P2 was successful in preventing pregnancy. Remember P2 is likely to work when taken within the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex and it’s most effective when taken within the first 72 hours. Have a look at the following article for additional information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  95. According to your opinion…
    According to your opinion what Is the best age for a woman to get prégnant ?

    1. Hey Vivy, the right age for…

      Hey Vivy, the right age for a woman to get pregnant is when they are physically and even emotionally mature. It’s also be important for one to have great support around them like family or a partner when they choose to get pregnant. Scientifically, as one gets older it maybe abit challenging for them to get pregnant. Aside from age, have a look at this article for additional tips to increase ones chances of getting pregnant;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/before-pregnancy/getting-pregnant-dos-and-donts

  96. After much time after having…
    After much time after having sex can I know if I am pregnant? I have missed my period for 4 days.

    1. Hi Sharon, one may have to…

      Hi Sharon, one may have to wait at.east 14 days before taking a pregnancy test. You can consider vining a laboratory to have the test done to get to know if the delayed period is as a result of pregnancy.

  97. Can you get pregnant if you…
    Can you get pregnant if you take P2 immediately after sex?

  98. Can a virgin girl become…
    Can a virgin girl become pregnant the first she has sex?

  99. When are my safe days if my…
    When are my safe days if my cycle is regular?

    1. Hey Celest, safe days are…

      Hey Celest, safe days are one of the most unreliable ways to prevent pregnancy, and we really don’t recommend it at all. When your safe days are really depends on the length of your cycle. Technically speaking, the first seven days before and after your period, as well as the time of your period, are relatively safe. But, if you have a shorter cycle (shorter than 28 days), or an irregular one, this will vary. Also keep in mind that sperm can survive for up to five days and longer inside the body- so even if you have sex on a ‘safe’ day, you can still get pregnant, because the sperm survived until your ovulation date. So you see, it’s a very inaccurate. And lastly, of course this won’t protect you from STDs. Only condoms will. So we really recommend a more reliable method. Check this out;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/safe-days-pros-and-cons

  100. Eversince I started using…
    Eversince I started using Depo 2 months ago I have have not recieve my period. Does that mean I am pregnant?

  101. I had sex 4 days before my…
    I had sex 4 days before my period and now my period has not come it is late by 3 days. I used P2 right after sex. Do you think this means I am pregnant?

  102. How can I know if P2 worked…
    How can I know if P2 worked and what can make it not to work?

    1. Hey Faizah, to get to know…

      Hey Faizah, to get to know if it worked you would have to wait to see if you get your next period or get a pregnancy test after at least 14 days. Also, P2 has to be taken within the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex. Lastly, if you vomit soon after taking the pill, it maybe less effective. Check out the following article for additional information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  103. Can a girl become pregnant…
    Can a girl become pregnant of you have sex during her periods?

  104. If I taken P2 1 day after…
    If I taken P2 1 day after sex can I get pregnant? I have missed periods for 3 days until today

    1. Hey Phillis, Emergency…

      Hey Phillis, Emergency contraception or P2 can be taken within the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex. However, it is more effective when taken within the first 24 hours. For this reason you could get pregnant. P2 will also affect ones next period when taken so that your next period is either early or late. To get to know if you are pregnant you will need to wait for atleast 14 days and then get a pregnancy test done. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  105. How long should I wait to…
    How long should I wait to get a pregnancy test if I took emergency contraception almost immediately after sex? And how soon can take a HIV test from the last time I didn’t use a condom? Thanks.

    1. Hey Lilly, You need to wait…

      Hey Lilly, You need to wait to take a pregnancy test for atleast week after your missed period to get the most accurate result. If you don’t want to wait until you’ve missed your period, you should wait at least one to two weeks after you had sex. As far as a HIV test is concerned, you should wait for atleast 14 days to get a test done. You could a home test and do the test at your own convenience. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/unsure-about-being-pregnant/am-i-pregnant

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/safe-sex/stds-stis/my-first-time-hiv-self-test

  106. If i used p2 once last month…
    If i used p2 once last month and then had sex on my safe days this month can I get pregnant?

    1. Hey Lindah, P2 should be…

      Hey Lindah, P2 should be taken within the first 72 hours of having unprotected sex for the pill to prevent unplanned pregnancy. The longer one takes to take the pill the less effective it becomes, this means one can take P2 but still become pregnant. On the other hand, safe days are the most unreliable method for preventing pregnancy. Check out the following for additional information;- 

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/are-safe-days-safe

  107. I had a medical abortion…
    I had a medical abortion then after 3 days still having my bleeding I did sex, my question is, will I get pregnant again and if yes, will it be the first pregnancy or will be another one?

    1. Dear Aggie, the bleeding or…

      Dear Aggie, the bleeding or spotting may last up to three weeks after the abortion. Having sex during this time will not get you pregnant since your body has not adjusted yet for you to get pregnant again. Once your body gets back normal, you should be able to get pregnant again. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/unsure-about-being-pregnant/abortion

  108. My boyfriend wants have sex,…
    My boyfriend wants have sex, yet I feel unprotected whenever we do it and we talked about it but he said that he can’t use a condom to someone he loves. I am worried I am pregnant or I will be. How do I convince him to use a condom?

    1. Dear Julia, only have sex if…

      Dear Julia, only have sex if you feel comfortable. If you don’t feel comfortable about having unprotected sex let your partner know about it and be firm about it. If he won’t put on one, you could consider using the female condom which can be purchased at the chemist. You can also get them at a health facility, particularly government run facilities. Preventing Sexually Transmitted Infections and unplanned pregnancies is important, and should be important to your partner as well. If he is unwilling to use condoms, do consider other options including birth control methods that you can use. Check out the following article for additional information;- 

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/female-condom

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control

  109. I have missed my period for…
    I have missed my period for 3 days after using P2 am i pregnant?

  110. How many can you use the…
    How many can you use the epill?

      1. How many times can you use…
        How many times can you use P2?

  111. The pregnancy test uses…
    The pregnancy test uses blood o urine? How accurate is the test?

    1. Hi Tess, pregnancy tests use…

      Hi Tess, pregnancy tests use either urine or blood. Blood tests are more accurate and can detect pregnancy much earlier. One can take the test after a missed period, since a missed period is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. On the other hand, if one know the day they possible conceived they may opt to take the pregnancy test 14 days from that day. This especially applies for the home urine pregnancy tests.

  112. If you take P2 before sex…
    If you take P2 before sex will it increase its chances of working?

    1. Hi Dorah, there is no…

      Hi Dorah, there is no evidence that taking the pill before sex makes it more effective. Also the manufacturer doesn’t recommend it. It is important to follow the provided instructions to ensure the pill works. The pill is most effective when taken within the first 24 hours after sex but it can still work when taken within the 72 hours of having unprotected sex. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  113. Hi, I had sex with my…
    Hi, I had sex with my boyfriend but I didnt lie down after and I also cleaned up right after. I saw the sperm spill out when I stood up to bath. Can I still get pregnant?

    1. Hi Trish, if you had…

      Hi Trish, if you had unprotected sex there is a chance you could get pregnant. Standing up right after and even the sperm spilling doesn’t protect you from getting pregnant. Also, with unprotected sex there is a risk of getting infected with a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STIs). Condoms, when used correctly and consistent can however help prevent both unplanned pregnancies and STIs. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/condom

  114. How do I calculate so as to…
    How do I calculate so as to conceive a baby girl as by periods commenced on 23rd January and ended on 26th January 2019

  115. Hi,am 32 weeks pregnant and…
    Hi,am 32 weeks pregnant and am experiencing abnorminal cramps and my lower back pains what could possibly be the cause

  116. Explain to me what is…
    Explain to me what is menstrual cycle?

    1. Hi Brio, Menstruation is the…

      Hi Brio, Menstruation is the process in a woman or girl of discharging blood and other material from the lining of the uterus at intervals of about one month from puberty until they get to menopause. This process occurs except during pregnancy. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

  117. Is it true that if you get…
    Is it true that if you get up imidiately after sex and clean yourself you will not get pregnant?

    1. Hey Liza, this is not true…

      Hey Liza, this is not true. If you have unprotected sex, even if you get up immediately or clean up right after, there is a chance you could get pregnant. If you do not wish to get pregnant, consider using a birth control method. You can choose to use condoms which are effective in preventing both unplanned pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) when used correctly and each time you have sex. Check out the following article;- 

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/female-condom

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/condom

  118. I have used p2 for almost 4…
    I have used p2 for almost 4 times can it be the reason that am not getting pregnant plz help what should I do

    1. Hi there, Emergency…

      Hi there, Emergency Contraception (P2) helps to prevent pregnancy when you use it. It however, does not affect a woman’s ability to pregnant in future. On the other hand, it may take upto one year to become pregnant. After more than one year of trying, if one is not pregnant they should consult a specialist for further advice. Have a look at the following articles for more information;-

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/before-pregnancy/getting-pregnant-dos-and-donts

  119. I Want to become pregnant…
    I Want to become pregnant after period its possible.

  120. I received my periods on…
    I received my periods on 26th January and on 31st,I had unprotected sex but took P2 after 5hrs. A week later, I got urinary track infection and I was in medication for one week. Now it is Feb 25th and I haven’t seen my Periods. Could I be pregnant?

  121. I am pregnant but the gug…
    I am pregnant but the gug responsible won’t here anything about it I don’t know what to do?

    1. Hey Syl, this is stressful…

      Hey Syl, this is stressful. Have you tried to reach him through a mutual friend someone you think he respects? Think about who and then approach them for support. If however, he is still unwilling to accept responsibility and support during this time and beyond, you will then have to think about how to proceed without him. This may include getting support from elsewhere including family. We wish you all the best. 

  122. I was making out with my…
    I was making out with my boyfriend and he ejaculated on me around the vagina area. I had my panties on but am worried can I be e pregnant? We were lying side by side?

    1. Hey Darleen, if he…

      Hey Darleen, if he ejaculated near your vagina opening there is a chance you could get pregnant. It is important to use protection if the penis is going to come close to the vagina.Condoms help prevent both unplanned pregnancies and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/condom

  123. Hi there I experienced…
    Hi there I experienced slight blood stain for a week, cramping, backache and missed period for one month but my blood test is negative is it possible that am pregnant am so confident please help

  124. Am worried,my belly keeps…
    Am worried,my belly keeps getting big .i think am pergant

    1. Hey Chika, have you had a…

      Hey Chika, have you had a pregnancy test done? If you suspect you could be pregnant, a good place to start is to have a pregnancy test to get to know if you are pregnant. You can have a home test or go to a health facility to have the test done. 

  125. I have been trying to get…
    I have been trying to get pregnant for more than 7 months what could be the problem? I used P2 many times in my early 20s now I am in my mid 20s. Is this the reason why?

    1. Hey Sam, using P2 does not…

      Hey Sam, using P2 does not affect ones fertility. On the other hand, it can take upto one year for one to get pregnant. Since, it has not be longer than twelve months, keep trying. If after twelve months, if you are not pregnant, it will be important that you seek the services of the Specialist. Have a look at he following article for more information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/before-pregnancy/getting-pregnant-dos-and-donts

  126. What can make P2 to not work…
    What can make P2 to not work? I used it but now I have missed my period?

    1. Hello Quinne, If you vomit…

      Hello Quinne, If you vomit soon after taking the pill, it may be less effective. If this happens one should talk to a healthcare provider as soon as possible to find out what options they have. One should also ensure they take the pill within the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex. The sooner one takes the pill the more effective it is likely to be. Check out this article for additional information on emergency contraception;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  127. My girlfriend is pregnant…
    My girlfriend is pregnant but I don’t think its mine I don’t know what to do?

    1. Hello Jerry, what makes you…

      Hello Jerry, what makes you feel that you are not responsible for the pregnancy? Have you spoken with her about your concern? This is a difficult conversation to have but if you have doubts, the right thing is to talk about it with her so that your concerns can be addressed and you can be reassured. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/love-relationships/happy-relationships/tips-for-talking-to-your-partner

  128. Can a valgin girl get…
    Can a valgin girl get pregnant without blood coming out from her body

    1. Hello Peter, a virgin can…

      Hello Peter, a virgin can get pregnant if she has unprotected sex whether or not there is blood the first time she has sex, including the risk of getting a Sexually Transmitted Infection.

  129. Pls can herbal medicine…
    Pls can herbal medicine(native) for treating candida albicans..or d infections itsef cause a delayed period..its bin a month and a week have not gotten my period

    1. Hi Gloria, I am not sure…

      Hi Gloria, I am not sure about the herbal medicine you are talking about or it’s effect on ones period. There are however a number of reasons other than pregnancy that can lead to a delayed or missed period including, stress, change in diet and environment, extreme exercising, hormonal issues among other reasons. If you have recently had unprotected sex, you may want to begin by getting a pregnancy test done. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/unsure-about-being-pregnant/am-i-pregnant

  130. Can candida albicans…
    Can candida albicans infection or the herbal medicine used in treating it caused a delayed period for a month and a week now

    1. Hi Gloria, I am not sure…

      Hi Chisom, I am not sure about the herbal medicine you are talking about and it’s effect on ones period. There are however a number of reasons other than pregnancy that can lead to a delayed or missed period including, stress, change in diet and environment, extreme exercising, hormonal issues among other reasons. If you have recently had unprotected sex, you may want to begin by getting a pregnancy test done. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/unsure-about-being-pregnant/am-i-pregnant

  131. I had sex 5 days before my…
    I had sex 5 days before my period but I used P2 now my period has nt come and is late by 5 days. Could I be pregnt?

  132. I use to use Depo but I…
    I use to use Depo but I stopped 9 months ago to get pregnant but upto now I haven’t gotten pregnant. I am getting worried.

    1. Hey Brendah, a major…

      Hey Brendah, a major disadvantage of this method is that one won’t be able to immediately get pregnant when they stop; it may take around ten months to get back to your normal fertility. On the other hand if you don’t get pregnant after twelve months of trying, it is important to seek the services of a specialist. Have a look at the following articles for additional information;- 

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/shot

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/pregnancy/before-pregnancy/getting-pregnant-dos-and-donts

  133. What is the chance you can…
    What is the chance you can get pregnant form anal sex only?

  134. HI, we had sex and used a…
    HI, we had sex and used a condom but it broke. I was not able to get P2 because of the remoteness of the place we were. I took P2 about 2 days later. Will it really work? What else can I do not to make sure I dont get pregnant? Thanks.

    1. Dear Flo, sorry to hear…

      Dear Flo, sorry to hear about the condom burst, check out this article on condoms for more information: https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/condom

      Emergency contraceptive (P2), is very effective in preventing unplanned pregnancies, if taken as soon as possible. Its effective rates reduces with time. However, the e-pill can still be effective if you take it 72 hours or even 120 hours after sex. Check out thios article for more information: https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception-top-five-facts

  135. What are the early signs of…
    What are the early signs of pregnancy? How soon can you know if you are pregnant?

    1. Hey, these are some of the…

      Hey, these are some of the early signs of pregnancy, however the surest way to know if you are pregnant is by taking a pregnancy test between the 14-21 days after the last unprotected sex. 

      • Tender, swollen breasts- your breasts may provide one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. As early as two weeks after conception, hormonal changes may make your breasts tender, tingly or sore
      • Fatigue and tiredness
      • Nausea with or without vomiting
      • Food aversions or cravings
      • Headaches
      • Mood swings
      • Faintness and dizziness
  136. I saw my period on 25 March …
    I saw my period on 25 March and I had sex on 6 and 8 April can I be pregnant?

    1. Hi Grace, having unprotected…

      Hi Grace, having unprotected sex can lead to one getting pregnant. However, the chance of getting pregnant is depended on whether a person is ovulating when they have sex or around the time they have sex. This depends on a persons cycle. Have a look at the following article for additional information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

  137. What are the first signs if…
    What are the first signs if you are pregnant?

    1. Hi Hellen, some of the early…

      Hi Hellen, some of the early sings of pregnancy include; Tender, swollen breasts, fatigue, slight bleeding or cramping, nausea with or without vomiting, food aversions or cravings, headaches, constipation, mood swings among others. It is important that one takes a pregnancy test fourteen days after having unprotected sex or after one misses their next period. One can get the test done at a medical centre or get a test from a pharmacy to do it at home. 

    1. Hi Lydia, have you started…

      Hi Lydia, have you started your prenatal clinics? You could have a scan done which will also help determine you EDD. We wish you all the best in your pregnancy journey. 

  138. I had anal sex without a…
    I had anal sex without a condom can I get pregnant? We used a condom when my boyfriend and I had vaginal sex. I am asking because I have missed my period.

    1. Hi Betty, one cannot get…

      Hi Betty, one cannot get pregnant from anal sex unless sperm slips into the vagina from the anus. There a number of reasons that can cause periods to delay including stress, change in environment, change in diet, weight gain or weight loss, hormonal issues among other reasons. Give it afew more days before taking a pregnancy test.

  139. Can I take the epill before…
    Can I take the epill before sex just to be careful?

  140. Highlight more about mood…
    Highlight more about mood swings

  141. Can abortion affect your…
    Can abortion affect your ability to have children in future?

  142. I have missed my period but…
    I have missed my period but I used P2 when I had sex. It was the first time I used it. Should I be worried that I am pregnant?

    1. Dear Belle, one of the side…

      Dear Belle, one of the side effects of the emergency contraception pill (P2) it is that it is likely to affect your next period so that the period either comes early or it is delayed. You may have to give a couple more days and if you do not have your periods, it will be important that you have a pregnancy test done to determine if you got pregnant. Have a look at the following article for more information emergency contraception;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  143. I have miss my period but I…
    I have miss my period but I don’t see any morning sickness signs of pregnancy like vomiting…

  144. I bought P2 with 2 pills…
    I bought P2 with 2 pills. Should I take one pill or both pills?

  145. My period delay for just one…
    My period delay for just one day and the next day it came out and it flows very well, but immediately after the i started having adomel pain and back pains, sometimes feel like vomiting yet it’s not coming out. I did a w

    1. Hi Cherry, there are a…

      Hi Cherry, there are a number of reasons that may cause once period to delay including hormonal issues, change or diet, change of environment among other reasons. Sometimes it just be that one miscalculated the date. Also, the symptoms you have described above are expected during periods. If the pain far much more than what’s normal to you, it maybe useful to talk to a health provider. Have a look at the following article for more information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/dealing-with-period-pain

  146. Hi,
    I had been having…

    Hi,
    I had been having sleepless night alway stretching when sleeping and stomach pains for the past one month. Last I saw my period last month, I have done urine test, I don’t know how to read it. Please I need your help.

    1. Hi Pat, if you suspect you…

      Hi Pat, if you suspect you could be pregnant consider visiting a health centre for a pregnancy test to be done and further advice. 

  147. Can a virgin sleep with a…
    Can a virgin sleep with a guy but the guy won’t enter her rather the guy release sperm on her Virgina,will that virgin get pregnant?

    1. Please let us know if your…

      Please let us know if your question has been responded to. You can also give us feedback on the response. Thank you. 

  148. Hi I am done with my period…
    Hi I am done with my period bh I still see brownish stains… What does it mean pls

  149. We had unprotected sex but…
    We had unprotected sex but my girlfriend told me she had taken P2 we had sex to be sure now she has morning sickness. Could she be pregnant and what can make P2 not to work?

    1. Hello Lennie, I am not able…

      Hello Lennie, I am not able to tell if your girlfriend is pregnant, she needs to take a pregnancy test for you to get to know. On the other hand, emergency contraception can fail to work or be less effective if one vomits soon after taking the pill. Also, the pill should be taken within the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex, the sooner one takes the pill the more effective the is likely to be. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  150. I took morning after pill…
    I took morning after pill but I have still missed my period does this mean it failed?

    1. Dear Diana, first the…

      Dear Diana, first the emergency contraception pill has to be taken within the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex. The sooner one takes the pill the more effective it is likely going to be. Secondly, the pill affects the next period so that it comes early or late. I suggest you give it afew more days before taking a pregnancy test to rule it out. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  151. If I have missed my period…
    If I have missed my period for 2 months but I have no pregnancy signs what does it mean?

    1. Hey Chidi, the most reliable…

      Hey Chidi, the most reliable way to get to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test. I suggest you a start by taking a pregnancy test before looking at what else could be have caused the missed period. 

  152. I started using birth…
    I started using birth control but I have not had periods for 2 months. Does this mean the birth control failed?

    1. Hi Faith, different hormonal…

      Hi Faith, different hormonal birth control methods will have an effect on ones periods including lighter periods or no periods at all. I suggest you discuss the side effects you are experiencing based on the method you are using for specific advice. Have a look at the following article for more information on the different birth control methods;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control

  153. Is it possible for girl to…
    Is it possible for girl to know that she is pregnant one week after having sex?

    1. Hi Dottie, the best way is…

      Hi Dottie, the best way is to get a pregnancy test done. The more sensitive tests may be able to tell if you’re pregnant from as early as around 8 days after conception.

  154. I had sex early last montg…
    I had sex early last montg and took contraceptive and a week later I fell Ill so i had to take antibiotics.. I started feeling funny last week and I decided to do a pregnancy test.. guess what? I AM PREGNANT.. how on Earth is this possible??

    1. Dear Happiness, do you mean…

      Dear Happiness, do you mean you took emergency contraception? First, emergency contraception only works when taken within the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex. The pill is most effective when taken within the first 24 hours at 95 per cent. This decreases with the passing of time. It also means even when one takes the pill within the first 24 hours, there is still a 5 per cent chance they could get pregnant. Check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  155. What are the early signs of…
    What are the early signs of pregnacy? When should I do a pregnancy test to be sure?

    1. Hi Dillys, some of the early…

      Hi Dillys, some of the early signs of pregnancy include a missed period, nausea, vomiting, frequently urinating, fatigue, headaches among other. Some of these signs appear as premenstrual signs and for this reason it maybe important to have a pregnancy test done at a health facility to determine if one is pregnant. There are test that can do this from 8 days after. Do talk to your health care provider for further advice. 

  156. We used a condom but it…
    We used a condom but it burst during sex. I was able to take emergency contraception days later. Will it work? How soon can I get a test to know if I am pregnant?

    1. Hi Mirriam, emergency…

      Hi Mirriam, emergency contraception only helps to prevent pregnancy when taken within the first 72 hours after having sex. If you took the pill within this time it will help prevent unplanned pregnancy. Remember, the sooner one takes the pill the higher chances it will work. You can also consider visiting a medical centre where there are test that determine if one is pregnant from eight days after having unprotected sex. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception-top-five-facts

  157. If I had sex on Sunday…
    If I had sex on Sunday afternoon but I was only able to take P2 today will I get pregnant?

    1. Hello Stellah, P2 or…

      Hello Stellah, P2 or Emergency contraception has to be taken within the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex for it to work. The sooner one takes the pill the more effective it is likely going to be, for instance P2 is most effective when taken within the first 24 hours after having unprotected sex.Remember, P2 only helps to prevent unplanned pregnancies but  one remains exposed to Sexually Transmitted Infections. Using condoms correctly and each time one has sex however, will prevent both unplanned pregnancies and STIs. Check out the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  158. If you are taking morning…
    If you are taking morning after should you take 2 pills or one?

  159. I’ve been having non stop…
    I’ve been having non stop headaches, vomiting in the mornings but not everyday,am not always tired and i don’t have appetite.I saw my period this week but i tested positive for a pregnancy test…Can this be for real?

    1. Hi Sharon, if you are…

      Hi Sharon, if you are pregnant and also experiencing bleeding it is important that you speak to your health care provider as soon as possible. Do this as soon as possible for further advice. 

  160. Can I be pregnant without…
    Can I be pregnant without stomach pain,nausea,vomiting and fatigue?

  161. Can I be pregnant without…
    Can I be pregnant without stomach pain, nausea and fatigue is only tender breast?

  162. I missed my period but I…
    I missed my period but I have not had sex for sometime now… What could be going on?

    1. Hey Sheilah, other pregnancy…

      Hey Sheilah, other pregnancy the following are some of the causes of a delayed period, stress, hormonal issues, change in environment, weight gain or weight loss, extreme exercises including an illness. It is normal to experience this delay once, but when this consistently happens, it is important to seek medical advice. 

  163. What is the chance that P2…
    What is the chance that P2 will not work if I took it 2 days after sex?

  164. Can you know if you are…
    Can you know if you are pregnant after about one week?

    1. Hi Joseline, there are…

      Hi Joseline, there are pregnancy tests that can tell if you are pregnant from around 8 days after conception. It maybe useful to check with your preferred pharmacy or wait for two weeks to atleast or upto to your next period. 

  165. We have been trying to get a…
    We have been trying to get a baby for over 2 years but not yet. I had a miscarriage before can it affect?

  166. I took P2 some hours before…
    I took P2 some hours before we had sex but my period is late. I can’t be pregnant, what can make P2 to fail to work?

    1. Hi there, first, it is…

      Hi there, first, it is recommended that you take P2 after having unprotected sex and not before. It is important to follow this instruction for it to be effective. P2 should be taken within the first 72 hours after having unprotected sex, it is most effect within the first 24 hours. Also, if you vomit soon after taking the pill, it may be less effective. Talk to a healthcare provider as soon as possible to find out what your options are. Have a look at the following article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/emergency-contraception

  167. I had sex but I took EC the…
    I had sex but I took EC the next morning. Now my period has delayed for more than 3 days. Does itean it didn’t work?

  168. How soon can I get know if I…
    How soon can I get know if I am pregnant after having sex?

    1. Hey Tasha, you can get to…

      Hey Tasha, you can get to know as early as eight days after having sex. Do visit a health centre or a lab to have the test done. 

  169. Is it possible to pregnant…
    Is it possible to pregnant and still have your period in the first month?

    1. Hi Maggie, once you get…

      Hi Maggie, once you get pregnant you stop getting your periods. If you suspect you are pregnant and you are also bleeding, do visit a medical centre as soon as possible for a check up and further advice. 

  170. Can you get pregnancy if you…
    Can you get pregnancy if you have unprotected anal sex?

    1. The chances of getting…

      The chances of getting pregnant through anal sex is very minimal. This can only happen if the seminal fluid, comes into contact with vaginal opening and swims through. 

  171. Is it possible to pregnant…
    Is it possible to pregnant and still have your period in the first month?

    1. Hi Maggie, once you get…

      Hi Maggie, once you get pregnant you stop getting your periods. If you suspect you are pregnant and you are also bleeding, do visit a medical centre as soon as possible for a check up and further advice. 

  172. Hi we were intimate with my…
    Hi we were intimate with my fiance on my fisrt day of ovulation last month. I have not seen my period this month. Could it be that I am pregnant?

    1. Hi Angie, there is a…

      Hi Angie, there is a possibility you could be pregnant, but you need to do a pregnancy test to be certain. Visit a medical centre or purchase a home pregnancy test to do the test at home. 

  173. Is it advisable to take P2…
    Is it advisable to take P2 before you have sex as long as you have sex within 72 hours after?

  174. My period is always…
    My period is always irregular can o become pregnant?

    1. Hey Alvin, yes you can still…

      Hey Alvin, yes you can still get pregnant even when you irregular period. Getting pregnant is related to ovulation, that time when one most fertile and has the highest chance of getting pregnant. Even with irregular periods, one still ovulates. It’s just that it doesn’t happen on a regular or predictable basis. Learning how you body responds when you are ovulating can help. Have a look at the following article for more information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

  175. If you take P2 and then you…
    If you take P2 and then you don’t have sex can it affect you?

  176. I swallowed [email protected] to prevent…
    I swallowed [email protected] to prevent pregnancy only to vomit afew minutes later. Does it mean I am pregnant already? I have been feeling nausea the who weekend. Please help me understand.

  177. My vagina has become itchy…
    My vagina has become itchy after I had sex after along time with no sex what is the reason? Qn 2 I had sex 3 days after periods can I get pregnant?

    1. Hey Destin, the itching may…

      Hey Destin, the itching may have been caused by a number of reasons including an infection. Have you observed a change in the odour of your vagina, has there been a change in the quantity, color or texture of vaginal discharge and are you feeling any pain? All these could point to an infection and for this reason you need to seek medical attention to determine what infection it is and get treatment. Secondly, yes having unprotected sex, exposes you to the possibility of getting pregnant. Using protection like condoms or other birth control methods will help prevent unplanned pregnancy. Have a look at the following article for additional information;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/vaginal-discharge-and-odour-top-facts 

  178. What is the chance of…
    What is the chance of getting pregnant if you have unprotected anal sex?

  179. Hi Aggie, one can get…

    Hi Aggie, one can get pregnant only if semen finds its way from the anus into the vagina. Without this one will not get pregnant. Using condoms every time one has sex, helps to prevent unplanned pregnancies and keep one safe from Sexually Transmitted Infections. Have a look at the following articles for more information condom use;- 

    https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/condom

    https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/types-of-birth-control/female-condom

  180. My period has delayed for…
    My period has delayed for five days but I used P2 when we had sex?

  181. I spent the weekend with my…
    I spent the weekend with my bf and after we had sex I took P2 on Saturday morning but we still had sex again upto Sunday. Will the pill I took work or should I take another one?

    1. Hey Clariss, if you had sex…

      Hey Clariss, if you had sex again you need to take another pill since there is a chance you could get pregnant if you had sex after taking the pill.

  182. I spent the weekend with my…
    I spent the weekend with my bf and after we had sex I took P2 on Saturday morning but we still had sex again upto Sunday. Will the pill I took work or should I take another one?

    1. Hey Clariss, if you had sex…

      Hey Clariss, if you had sex again you need to take another pill since there is a chance you could get pregnant if you had sex after taking the pill.

  183. If you only take one pill of…
    If you only take one pill of EC will it prevent pregnancy?

  184. Hi, my last period was 17…
    Hi, my last period was 17 and I av see ion 24.but Now am aving pain in my stomach and back pain and nipple Hurt is there any chance dat am pregnant

    1. Hi Temi, if you have…

      Hi Temi, if you have recently had sex you could be pregnant. However, if you saw your period then it means you are not pregnant since you can’t be pregnant and have your period as well. 

    1. Hey T, welcome to Love…

      Hey T, welcome to Love Matters Africa. 

  185. Can pain in the left leg,…
    Can pain in the left leg, cramp and pain in the breast be a sign of pregnant?

  186. My boyfriend just touch my…
    My boyfriend just touch my vagina with his dick with precum on it, he didn’t slide it in and I’m a virgin, and this happened on the 21st of October and I’m meant to see my period on 3rd of November and then I saw my period on the 28th of October, I filled 3 pads or 2. I want to know if it’s implantation bleeding or can I still get pregnant, please answer, thanks

    1. Hi Excel, sometimes a small…

      Hi Excel, sometimes a small amount of spotting or vaginal bleeding is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. Implantation bleeding happens when the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus – about 10 to 14 days after fertilization. This type of bleeding is usually a bit earlier, spottier and lighter in colour than a normal period and doesn’t last as long. It is normal to use more than one pad in a day during your periods. Lastly, he would have to ejaculate inside you or near the vagina for there to be a risk of getting pregnant. Do remember, there is also a risk of getting Sexually Transmitted Infections. Using condoms each time one has sex helps to keep them safe including preventing unplanned pregnancies. 

  187. I have 2 Qns for you. Which…
    I have 2 Qns for you. Which days of the month are safe to have unprotected sex without getting pregnant and can you advice some in their early 20s to use family planning methods like 3 month injection can it affect in future?

    1. Hi Tess, safe days are one…

      Hi Tess, safe days are one of the most unreliable ways to prevent pregnancy, and we really don’t recommend it at all.   When your safe days are really depends on the length of your cycle. Technically speaking, the first seven days before and after your period, as well as the time of your period, are relatively safe. But, if you have a shorter cycle (shorter than 28 days), or an irregular one, this will vary. Also keep in mind that sperm can survive for up to five days and longer inside the body- so even if you have sex on a ‘safe’ day, you can still get pregnant, because the sperm survived until your ovulation date. So you see, it’s a very inaccurate. And lastly, of course this won’t protect you from STDs. Only condoms will. So we really recommend a more reliable method. About using birth control, anyone who wishes to prevent unplanned pregnancies can use a birth control method of their choice. Get as much information about the possible options and what their likely side effect as one considers which method to use. These methods will not affect ones ability to get pregnant in future as long as their reproductive organs are healthy. Have a look at the following articles for more information;- 

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/are-safe-days-safe

      https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control/choosing-the-right-birth-control/how-to-choose

       

  188. Got rid of it with the help…
    Got rid of it with the help of injection but lately i have been having siliver on my mouth often. Can it still be there?

  189. Can I be pregnant and still…
    Can I be pregnant and still be menstruating

    1. Hi Gloria, no you can’t. One…

      Hi Gloria, no you can’t. One you are pregnant you stop menstruating. Have you confirmed that you are indeed pregnant by getting a test done? This is good place to start, then you doctor can determine what is causing the bleeding. All the best, check out this article;- https://lovemattersafrica.com/our-bodies/female-body/menstruation

  190. I miss my period but my…
    I miss my period but my breast is not paining me Dr I’m pregnant

    1. Hey Anna, if you suspect you…

      Hey Anna, if you suspect you could be pregnant do consider getting a pregnancy test done to be certain.

  191. I have tried to be pregnant…
    I have tried to be pregnant for more than 1 yr we are becoming inpatient what uis te problem?

  192. Hello please my period was…
    Hello please my period was late for 8days and I had unprotected sex, but pregnancy test is showing negative, could I be pregnant? Please help

    1. Hey Toy, consider having a…

      Hey Toy, consider having a blood test done since these are more accurate. Have this done before ruling it out especially because there are issues that can cause one to have a delayed or irregular period including hormonal issues, use of birth control, change of environment, change in weight, extreme exercising among other reasons. 

  193. Ca you get pregnant from…
    Ca you get pregnant from having sex just one time and it was quick shot?

  194. Can a woman gets pregnant…
    Can a woman gets pregnant when she’s uses the five years implants or three yrs?

  195. Please I am pregnant and…
    Please I am pregnant and whenever I take in food my stomach is always hot, what is the cause

  196. Hello Rachael, thank you for…

    Hello Rachael, thank you for reaching out to us. Pregnant women are usually prone to heartburn. However, since this is a medical issue, we strongly advise that you see a medical professional to get a proper diagnosis.

  197. It’s now my 8months in…
    It’s now my 8months in marriage but iam not able to conceive please help

  198. Have miss my period over 1…
    Have miss my period over 1 month now but what am experiencing is that I do urinate frequently and I dont always eat like before again please what could be de problem

    1. Hello Ewa, have you taken a…

      Hello Ewa, have you taken a pregnancy test?

  199. please i have functional…
    please i have functional cyst ovarinces, can i possibly get pregnant?

    1. Hello Aisha, functional…

      Hello Aisha, functional ovarian cysts are sacs that hold a maturing egg and usually goes away after the egg is released. They do not cause any problems with fertility. However, they could rapture or twist and cause pain and bleeding. They could also cause a delay in your period.

  200. Am having low backpain and i…
    Am having low backpain and i do urine test but negetive. Have i pregnant?

    1. Hello Ayo, thank you for…

      Hello Ayo, thank you for reaching out to us. Truth is back pain could be caused by any number of reasons. Kindly see a medical professional for a comprehensive diagnosis and advice on the way forward.

    1. Hi Mercy, please ask.

      Hi Mercy, please ask.

  201. Hello sirs..I’ve been having…
    Hello sirs..I’ve been having stomach pain down my tommy and I’m having pimples all over my face..plz what’s happening to me?

    1. Hello Mary, these two things…

      Hello Mary, these two things may be related or could be two separate things. We strongly advise that you see a medical professional for a comprehensive diagnosis and advice on the way forward.

  202. Can I get pregnant as a…
    Can I get pregnant as a virgin without Penetration

    1. Hello Anonymous, thank you…

      Hello Anonymous, thank you for reaching out to us and asking a great question. Unless your partner physically puts his penis into your vagina, it is impossible to get pregnant. 

  203. Can I be pregnant,I saw my…
    Can I be pregnant,I saw my menstruation on 19 of last month, and my take just 4days and it stop and I had sex on 24 is it possible that am pregnant

  204. Hi Favour, thank you so much…

    Hi Favour, thank you so much for reaching out to us and asking a great question. There is a possibility that you may be pregnant but there is also a possibility that you’re your cycle has delayed. The best way to know for sure is to get a pregnancy test from your nearest available pharmacy and confirm.

  205. Is it possible to have sex…
    Is it possible to have sex during ovulation and not be pregnant. Plsssssssss explain.

    1. Hello Hellen, thank you for…

      Hello Hellen, thank you for your question. Although getting pregnant may feel like a very straight forward process, there is not guaranteed success every time.

  206. I saw on 14 of apirl 2020…
    I saw on 14 of apirl 2020 and finished 17 of apirl and 30 apirl 2020 and finished 3rd of may ,but d second period didn’t flow well and I not see my period

  207. Hi Chioma, thank you for…

    Hi Chioma, thank you for reaching out to us. From our calculations, your cycle is 20 days. Is this the case? Is your cycle regular?

  208. Hey Aliya ,, please help me …
    Hey Aliya ,, please help me ….Are morning pills reliable when taken to prevent pregnancy

  209. Pls what is the full meaning…
    Pls what is the full meaning of p2

  210. Hi Excel hope,…

    Hi Excel hope, Levonorgestrel or simply known as Postinor-2 or further as P2, is an emergency contraceptive pill taken by women after sex to prevent pregnancy.

  211. After my period it passed…
    After my period it passed 3days and i did sex can i be pregnant?

  212. Hello Allis, thank you for…

    Hello Allis, thank you for getting in touch with us and we are sorry you are going through a hard time. Did you have unprotected sex with your partner?

  213. Does Epill delay periods and…
    Does Epill delay periods and by how long

    1. Hello Grandiose, thank you…

      Hello Grandiose, thank you for reaching out to us. The Epill delivers a concentrated amount of a hormone which could indeed affect your cycle especially if you take them more than once in one cycle. If the issue persists please see a medical practitioner for advice on the way forward.

  214. am pregnant 15 wks n am a…
    am pregnant 15 wks n am a student can u help me 2 do abortion at ua clinic

    1. Hi Faith, 

      So sorry, Love…

      Hi Faith, 

      So sorry, Love Matters does not offer abortion services. 

  215. I have not seen my period…
    I have not seen my period one month now but i have no signs of pregnancy what could be the problem please

    1. Hi Tabby, 

      There are many…

      Hi Tabby, 

      There are many reasons that could make your period to delay. Since you have eliminated pregnancy – assuming you’ve taken a pregnancy test, other factors include stress and contraceptives. Read this article to learn more: 8 reasons your period is late

  216. İ got pregnant and am still…
    İ got pregnant and am still in school.the baby daddy said that he is not ready to raise the child and my family regected me when I was young so am thinking of terminating it . have i made the right decision

    1. Hi Terri Anna, 

      So sorry…

      Hi Terri Anna, 

      So sorry about your predicament. It is hurtful when those close to you don’t support you when you need them most. Whether you should terminate the pregnancy, is a personal decision. Look at your options and decide what is best for you at this time. Have you considered adoption where you give up the baby to someone else after birth? Read this article to learn about more options that you have: I Am Pregnant: What Do I Do Now!

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