We use condoms during my fertile week as a birth control.
I usually experience ovulation pain. How long after I experience ovulation pain do I stay fertile? i.e. How long do we need to keep on using condoms from the time i feel the ovulation pain?
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Usually for a regular menstrual cycle of 28-30 days, the fertile days would lie between day 8-18 taking day 1 as first day of bleeding. Monitor cervical mucus changes and the BBT (basal body temperature) charting to predict your ovulation day. The egg once released from ovary, can stay alive for 6-7 days and sperms once released inside you can stay alive for 3-4 days. Wait and watch for your next periods. If pregnancy is suspected, look out for development of any new symptoms. If you do not start with periods within 10 days of expected period dates, or if you get abnormal periods, or if you develop symptoms suggestive of pregnancy, you should consider visiting your gynecologist for thorough examination (to confirm pregnancy related changes/signs in body) and blood/serum HCG level test (to confirm/rule out pregnancy accurately).
If pregnancy gets ruled out, and if you intend to remain sexually active (and if not ready for pregnancy), consider visiting your gynecologist to get started on suitable regular birth control measures to be protected (after your periods). Be regular with birth control use as instructed. Avoid having unprotected sexual contact.
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