Can a girl get pregnant the first time she has sex?
Yes, a girl can become pregnant the first time she has sex. Anytime a girl has vaginal sex with a guy, she is at risk for becoming pregnant. Even if a guy ejaculates outside of but near a girl's vagina or pulls out before he comes, a girl can get pregnant.
It's also possible to get a sexually transmitted disease (STD) anytime you have sex, including the first time. Actually, whenever people have any kind of sexual contact (oral, anal, or vaginal) they run the risk of getting an STD.
Here are some ways to reduce your chance of pregnancy and STDs:
Abstinence. The only way to completely prevent pregnancy and STDs is to abstain from all types of sex, including oral, vaginal, and anal sex.
Condoms to the rescue! If you are going to have sex, condoms are the best way to prevent pregnancy and STDs. Talk with your partner beforehand and let him know that condoms are necessary, not optional, even if you are using another form of birth control as well. And always toss a back-up condom in your purse before you go out, just in case he forgets one.
If you and your partner had unprotected sex (or a condom broke), see your doctor for pregnancy and STD tests.
If you have ever had sex, or are thinking about having sex, talk with your doctor about birth control options, STD testing, and ways to prevent STDs.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: August 2013
*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.
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|American Sexual Health Association This nonprofit organization is dedicated to preventing sexually transmitted diseases and offers hotlines for prevention and control of STDs.|
|National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy This site provides teen pregnancy facts, resources, and prevention tips.|
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