Pregnancy scare? Here’s how to avoid it

The thought of dealing with an unplanned pregnancy can be very stressful, especially if you’re not ready to become a parent. Whether you have thought you were pregnant once or many times (when you actually weren’t), the scary experience is all the same. Here’s how to avoid a pregnancy scare in the future. 

Use a contraceptive

It doesn’t matter whether you want to use a short-term or long-term contraceptive method but the best way to avoid a pregnancy scare is to use one. Remember Choma, contraceptives may prevent an unwanted pregnancy, but you’re still at risk of contracting STIs, including HIV. So always use a condom. 

Avoid stress

Being stressed can be one of the reasons you miss your period. Not only does stress affect your menstrual cycle, but being stressed for too long can actually make you sick. One way to manage your stress levels is through meditation. Read this article to learn how.    

Download Sexual Health Apps 

Having sexual health apps on your phone can help you track your cycle easily. It’s not always easy to keep track of when your cycle is meant to start or end, but a period tracker will help you stay on top of that – that way you won’t assume your period was meant to start when it wasn’t Having these apps on your phone will help give you a realistic schedule for your menstrual cycle. If you can’t’ download the app, you can simply create a calendar, stick it on the wall and track your period each month. 

Understand your PMS Symptoms

PMS symptoms usually occur a week or two before your period and they are similar to pregnancy symptoms. This make it highly possible to mistake your PMS symptoms with pregnancy symptoms. Try to keep track of your usual pms symptoms so that you know what to expect every time your period is about to come around. 

Being extra cautious when you are sexually active is responsible and it can save you a lot of sleepless nights. Pregnancy scares are normal and everyone goes through it at some point or another. But taking the time to understand your body while taking precautions to avoid pregnancy can help decrease the amount of stress you have every time you ovulate.

Remember, if you or a friend need advice or help, you can contact me here on Ask Choma, send me a Facebook Message, a Twitter DM, or a WhatsApp Message (071 172 3657).