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 Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I am 2 months pregnant. We did not have proper intercourse so I probably concieved by just a few drops of semen. Will my baby be normal?

Ajanta (New Delhi, India)

A: Do not worry. You should have a fit and healthy baby. One drop of semen can contains millions of sperm, which is more than sufficient.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: We have decided to have a baby. It's been 10 days after my period and we have had regular intercourse. I noticed some discharge today with a bit of blood in it. Could I be pregnant? Should I go in for a home detection test or should I wait till my period is due? If I am pregnant, does it mean that I have to stop swimming? I am 30 and have had one abortion, around 2 years ago.

Chandani (Louisville, U.S.A)

A: There may be a chance that you are pregnant. The bleeding may have been caused due to implantation of the embryo in the lining of the uterus, known as implantation bleeding. Wait until you miss a period before going in for home pregnancy testing, because most home pregnancy test kits are not sensitive enough to pick up accurate results. Before that in the light of a history of a previous abortion I would recommend that you stop swimming and take complete bed rest. After the pregnancy test I recommend that you consult your gynaecologist for proper guidance.

Dr. Sahni

Q: I am engaged to be married and have had sex with my fiance. Generally he removes his penis just before ejaculation, but recently he did not remove it. I washed myself with soap and water and I think I removed all the semen. But after that I have not had my period. Do you think I could be pregnant?

Charulata (Ahmedabad, India)

A: Yes, you could be pregnant. In order to clear your doubts, do a urine pregnancy test. If the test is negative, you should get your periods and henceforth use condoms to avoid accidents like this.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: How long should I wait before taking a test to see if I'm pregnant?

Dinika (New York, USA)

A: You can do a urine pregnancy test 2 - 3 days after you have missed a period.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

Q: Can I find out if I am pregnant before my period starts? For example, if my period is due on the 30th March, can I find out if I am pregnant by 25th March?

Shradha (Patiala, India)

A: Yes, by doing a blood test called Serum beta HCG.

Q: I would like to know by when I should check if I am pregnant. Can I check within a week of intercourse? And what test can I use that will confirm 100% whether I am pregnant? Should I take a blood or urine test?

Mallika (Seattle, USA)

A: You can check by doing a blood test called Beta HCG levels. The test is usually taken ten days after intercourse.

Q: I recently had unprotected sex with my boyfriend. He ejaculated but we weren't able to tell if it got inside me or not because by the time he pulled it out there was already semen on it. How would I be able to tell if I got pregnant? How long does it take for the sperm to reach the egg?

Ayesha (New Delhi, India)

A: If you had sex mid-cycle, which is when you were ovulated, there is a 30% chance that you may be pregnant. If you had sex a few days before or after your period, there is a 2% chance of pregnancy. Whether you are pregnant or not can only be determined with the help of a pregnancy test. You can take a blood test called Serum Beta HCG ten days after intercourse or you can take a urine pregnancy test 2-3 days after you have missed a period.

Dr. Sahni

Q: I am three days late, but I have cramps like when I have my period. Could I be pregnant?

Devika (Toronto, Canada)

A: Take a urine test for pregnancy after a couple of days.

Q: I have not had my periods since the last 2 months. The HCG pregnancy test shows a negative result. Does that mean I'm not pregnant? My periods are somewhat irregular. I've already seen a doctor regarding this problem and the doctor has confirmed that it is not a big deal.

Smeeta (Wisconsin, USA)

A: If the beta hcg test is negative then you are not pregnant. It could be possible that your hormone cycle has been disturbed, which is quite a normal phenomenon and happens once in a while. It corrects itself soon. If things don't settle down in a while, see your doctor.

Q: I had some blood clotting and spotting on the day of my period, but not proper bleeding. This just lasted two days. Could I be pregnant?

Avantika (Snowdon, U.K)

A: Even if the flow was less, but as long as it was on the expected date it could be considered as a period.

Q: I haven't had my period for a month now, and am in a lot of pain. The doctors say I'm not pregnant.

Geeta (Mumbai, India)

A: You will need to see your doc to check if the pain is due to any other reason.

Dr. Asha Paranjpe

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