Question: Is it possible for a woman to get pregnant if the man's sperm spilled
on her organism? S. (India)
Answer: I am assuming what you mean by ‘organism’ is the woman’s private parts, that
is; the vulva. If that is so then the answer is definitely yes. It is entirely possible
for pregnancy to result from the contact of semen and a woman’s external genitalia.
Live spermatozoa can find their way into the vagina and if all other conditions are
favourable, conception and pregnancy might result.
Early pregnancy symptoms
Question: I suffered a miscarriage 18 months ago. I had a positive pregnancy test
result two weeks ago and, although breasts have been slightly sore, have no symptoms,
I have two children and with both have suffered morning sickness, I am roughly around
7 weeks and am sure the sickness had started before now, does this mean that something
is wrong with this pregnancy also? L.L. (UK)
Answer: I do understand the anxiety you are bound to have with your recent history.
I don’t want to sound dismissive but there is every possibility that there is nothing
at all wrong with the pregnancy. Symptoms of early pregnancy can vary significantly
from one pregnancy to another. However, you are unlikely to relax until you have
the proof. That will be an ultrasound scan. I’m sure your GP will be understanding
if you were to request an expedited referral to have this done in view of your history
of miscarriage not so long ago.
Effective treatment for stretch-marks:
Question: Hi; This is **** for the second time. I have contacted you about stretch
marks before. I don’t get any kind of medicine. I heard something in the doctors’
show that stretch marks are scars,and i know that there is medicine that can make
scars disappear so are u going to recommend it for me to use and what is that medicine?
Answer: I am sorry to have to disappoint you but there is no such preparation in
existence. There are many remedies advertised which are claimed to prevent stretch-marks
from developing. I can tell you now that there is no shred of evidence that any of
them actually work.
After the stretch-marks have developed, they cannot be eliminated. There is no ‘cure’
for stretch marks. However, there are some fairly effective masking preparation which
need to be applied regularly. Sorry to be a bearer of bad news but that is the reality
of the stretch-marks situation.
Starting contraception after delivery
Question: I am 6 weeks post natal & due my period any day. When should i start the
contraceptive pill; before my period or when it starts? C.B. (Ireland)
Answer: In the post-delivery period, once you start having unprotected sex, especially
if you are not breast-feeding, you could conceive. This is because ovulation can
re-commence within 4 weeks of the birth. Your guide should therefore be the resumption
of sexual activity rather than the menstruation. If you are concerned about disruption
to the cycle with the combined pill, then use barrier methods until the commencement
of your period when you can start the pill. Strictly speaking however, that is not
Two consecutive miscarriages
Question: I have had two miscarriages in the same way and no one gives me any answers
and i don’t know what to do. please help me. A.S. (Australia)
Answer: I am sorry to hear of your sad news. Pregnancy loss is always traumatic and
having two consecutive miscarriages can be hard to bear. I cannot, however, pretend
to have concrete answers to your profound question with such brief information. Whatever
I say will be general and cannot be specific to your situation.
Issues that your doctor may need to know include your age, whether you have any significant
medical history (diabetes, lupus, recurrent thrombosis, epilepsy etc.), stage at
which miscarriages occurred (early trimester, mid-trimester etc.), type of miscarriage
(blighted ovum, missed miscarriage etc.) All these and more are important to try
to get to the bottom of an individual’s situation. I need to add, however, that two
miscarriages do not necessarily mean you are prone to this. It may just be a tragic
coincidence. There is, of-course, more detail on the subject on the relevant section
of this site.
Split condom and pregnancy
Question: I’m hoping you can help. Last week my boyfriend and myself had sex, unfortunatley
the condom split, and i took the morning after pill the next day. However, 6 days
on and very near my next period date, i have started to bleed very lightly and i
was wondering of this could be a sign I’m pregnant? or is it the pill making me mess
up? I’m very worried. H.S. (UK)
Answer: A split or ruptured condom is, by all intents and purposes, a failed barrier
contraception. It is similar to using nothing at all. Effectiveness of emergency
contraception, if taken in the recommended optimum time is very effective. In any
case, you do not get pregnancy signs or symptoms so quickly after conception if that
had taken place. What’s more, what you have described is not a feature of early pregnancy.
I think it is safe to say you can relax.
Semen spilling around the woman’s external genitalia can definitely lead to pregnancy
There are masking skin preparations such as Biotherm™ (above left) on the market.
These can be fairly effective but they need to be applied regularly. They don’t cure.
If anybody makes claims of eliminating stretch-marks altogether, that will be an
out and out lie.