Getting Pregnant During Your Period

Is getting pregnant during your period possible, you might ask? You may have heard from friends or family that there’s no way you can get pregnant if you are on your period. However, this isn’t true. Let’s see why.

Under Normal Circumstances?

So first of all, lets get this straight. For the majority of women (with regular menstrual cycles), getting pregnant during your period is extremely unlikely to happen.

This is because most of us will ovulate 10-14 days before we start our period, the egg lives for 24 hours, and if it is not fertilized, it gets passed out of our bodies through the vagina along with the lining of the womb during the next period. In this case, the only way you would get pregnant is if your egg was fertilized at this time at least 9 days before your period would be due to start.

A Possibility

But it’s important to know, that getting pregnant during your period is not impossible. Many women have irregular cycles and irregular periods. For some, ovulation can happen during or just after your period. In fact, even if your periods are regular, your ovulation can still happen at odd times without you realising it.

So, if you were to ovulate during your period or just after, does that mean you would have to have sex during your period to get pregnant? Not necessarily! Another thing you should know is that a man’s sperm can live inside you for 2-5 days, just waiting to fertilize an egg.

If you had sex a couple of days before your period and then ovulated during your period, the chances are you could get pregnant because the sperm would still be alive and ready to fertilize the egg.

What To Do

Getting pregnant during your period, while very unlikely to happen, shouldn’t be ruled out entirely.

If you think this may have happened then it is probably best to take a pregnancy test after a couple of weeks. If you get a negative result but are experiencing symptoms of early pregnancy you may want to go to your doctor and get them to test your blood to see if you are pregnant.

If you do not want to get pregnant then it is advisable to use contraception if you have sex on or around your period. If you are trying for a baby, then just having sex around your period is very unlikely to result in conception. You will need to try to make sure you have living sperm inside you ready for whenever you ovulate.

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