Question:

My last period was twenty-nine days ago. Eight days ago I had sex with my husband. He was wearing condom properly, but afterwards a small quantity of sperm was found on the outer edge of my vagina and at open part of condom. I suspect it is from my vagina, a whitish fluid sticking on the condom, but my husband suspects that it may be semen. We're fairly sure it was only at the entrance of the vagina and inside the vagina. I have not taken any pills. We have sex two days later again using condoms. There was nothing suspicious this time. But there a possibility my husband got some semen on a condom while changing condoms.

After that I started taking MALA-D tablets to avoid pregnancy, but my husband still suspects I might be pregnant. I recently have indications that my period may come again in a few days.

Tell me, can I get pregnant? What is time that I am releasing an egg? Can a little sperm at the edge of the vagina create a problem? Can my vagina eject slightly whitish fluid?


Answer:

There is no absolutely guaranteed method to prevent pregnancy. Each method will decrease the odds, but they can not completely eliminate the possibility. See "Contraceptives" for more details.

Depending on the point in your menstrual cycle, yes, it is possible that some vaginal fluid can take on a thicker and whitish look. It can also happen if you are dealing with a yeast infection in your vagina. However, if it was vaginal fluid, you would expect to see it all along the condom and not just at the top. More probable is that your husband didn't leave a reservoir at the end of the condom that one time. With no place to go, his semen oozed up the side of the condom and started to come out the top. There is a remote chance to becoming pregnant from this, but it is a very small chance. Since you feel that your normal period is about to start, the likelihood that you had become pregnant is almost zero. If you do have your period, you did not become pregnant.

If pregnancy had occurred, taking birth control pills after the fact will not likely end the pregnancy. Actually, I would hope it would not because that would mean that a child was conceived and then aborted. The killing of a child, even at the beginning of life, is wrong. Birth control pills normally are taken for several months before doctors are fairly confident that a pregnancy will not occur. The primary purpose of a birth control pill is to stop you from releasing an egg, but that takes some time to take effect. It is the secondary purpose that I object to as a Christian and that is to abort a fertilized egg. But if you start the pill after the egg is already implanted, it won't stop the child from developing.

Women release an egg two weeks before the start of their next cycle. So if your next blood flow starts on the 20th, then you released an egg back on the 6th. The egg must meet up with a sperm on the day it is released. However, your husband's sperm can survive up to six days in your womb. So if you had sex anywhere from the 1st to the 6th without a condom, it is possible to get pregnant. From ejaculation it takes sperm less than 20 minutes to reach an egg if it is present. It takes about 4 days for a fertilized egg to implant itself in the womb. So, if you had released an egg on the 6th, then the egg would have been implanted by the 10th.