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"What is to be expected (normal and abnormal) after having sex for the first time with a condom?"
Consider signs of possible pregnancy, reproductive organs, and menstrual cycles.
After intercourse, there are many things that can happen. First of all, it is important to consider your overall well-being. This can be a time of many emotions, and having someone close that you can talk this through with, like a parent or a doctor, may be important. Second, it is important to know if there was a rupture in the condom or if there is a reason to expect that there may have been. Condoms are not perfect at preventing either pregnancy or sexually transmitted diseases, and so there is always a risk of failure and you should discuss this with a doctor. If you are concerned that you may have become pregnant, there are early pregnancy tests that are quite effective at diagnosing a pregnancy, even very early. For most women, however, the first sign of a pregnancy is a missed period. This may be more obvious if you are quite regular, and less so if you are not. Breast tenderness is another common early sign, and generally precedes the symptoms of nausea and vomiting that we commonly think about. If you have any thoughts that you may be pregnant, please take a prenatal vitamin and avoid alcohol and tobacco, as these will all help your potential baby to be healthy. Again, please speak to your doctor.
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