If you’ve just had unprotected sex, there are so many emotions and thoughts running through your mind. Like so many others that have been in this situation, you’re probably having trouble getting your head around what just happened and you’re looking for advice. The most important thing is to take care of yourself. Here are 5 things that you should do after having unprotected sex.
Although this might be your first instinct, it’s important to stay calm. Having a one-night stand or not using protection with your significant other can leave you with feelings of shame or regret. Take some time to assess the situation and clear your head, and realize that your self-worth is not the sum of your decisions.
If you’re still upset, it might help to talk to a family member or close friend. Whether you’re looking for advice or maybe just comfort, talking to someone you trust can help you to calm yourself down, and possibly help to identify your next step.
Even if you used a condom, it’s still possible for you to get an STD. STDs can spread through sexual and oral contact. If left untreated, STDs can become worse and potentially life threatening. However, most STDs can be treated or managed with medication, especially if caught early. If you think you or your partner might have an STD, it’s important to get tested two weeks after having sex, and then go back in for a follow-up appointment to make sure you’re all clear.
If you think you might be pregnant and you’re worried you’ve missed your period, it might be time to take a pregnancy test. Home pregnancy tests are most accurate if taken one week after your missed period. But be aware, home pregnancy tests can produce false negatives. It’s best to schedule an appointment for a medical-quality pregnancy test
A pregnancy resource center can confirm your pregnancy through a pregnancy test, test for STDs and even administer an ultrasound. If you’re worried about your next steps, our friendly and knowledgeable staff can give you the resources you need to make an informed decision about your future.
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