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Can I be pregnant if I have pregnancy symptoms shortly after sex?

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Updated May 28, 2014

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How soon after sex can you show pregnancy signs?

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Question: Can I be pregnant if I have pregnancy symptoms shortly after sex?
Answer: Other than a missed period, pregnancy symptoms tend to really kick in around week six of pregnancy. This is about two weeks from when you missed your last period or six weeks since you actually had a period. Occasionally you will hear of someone who has symptoms right around their first missed period.

Having symptoms a day or two after having sex is usually not a sign of pregnancy. A pregnancy test is the best way to tell if you are pregnant or not. Though you must wait until you miss your next period to get the most accurate results. This can be a home pregnancy test or a pregnancy test from your doctor, midwife or health department. In most cases you do not have to notify anyone of the test or the results.

If you are trying to avoid getting pregnant find a method of birth control. Condoms, birth control pills (oral contraceptives), intrauterine device (IUD), foams, Depo provera shots, patches...there are plenty of methods to choose from. Be sure to ask your midwife, doctor or local health department for advice on the method that is best for you.

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