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A 21-year-old female asked:

My period is very irregular. this week i started having period symptoms and last night i had unprotected sex. could i be pregnant? i was already late

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Hard to tell...: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred). An Ob-Gyn doctor can evaluate any persistent or worrisome symptoms.

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Last updated May 1, 2015

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