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Can I get pregnant on my period?

By Love Matters January 20, 08:10 pm
Yes? No? Maybe? Here's the truth...

Period sex is a normal part of sex life for some people but to others it’s a big no! Whether you’re into it or not, it is important to be informed about your reproductive health. Today, we are answering a very simple question: can you get pregnant during your period?

The simple answer is YES, you can get pregnant on your period. However, the chances are very low because you’re typically not fertile on your period.

Your most fertile days are typically just before or during ovulation. This means there has to be an egg in the fallopian tubes for fertilisation to occur. During the first few days of your period, there’s no egg to be fertilized thus the chances of getting pregnant are very low. 

Is that all?

No. Not so fast!

The length of your cycle is an important factor that determines your level of risk.

If you have a regular cycle of about 28 days, it’s very unlikely. If you have a short cycle or ovulate at random times (have irregular cycles), there is a tiny chance you can get pregnant.

What does this even mean?

Remember that sperm survives within the female reproductive system for up to five days. This means that if you have sex towards the end of your period and ovulate a few days after, the sperm that survived could get you pregnant.

If you are on birth control, the chances of getting pregnant are extremely low. The tiny chance is because no birth control method is 100%.  


While the chances of getting pregnant are low, you can still contact STDs and STIs. That’s why it is important to use condoms especially when you do not know your partner’s current status.

Have you every had a pregnancy scare after having sex on your period?



Did you learn something new?


Hi Mercy, 

It is actually possible especially if she has a 21-day menstrual cycle or shorter. Since her period ended on the 18th and she had sex on the 21, her most fertile days are likely to be within this period and since male sperms survive for 5 days in the female reproductive system, conception can occur. The chances are low though. 

Wed, 02/24/2021 - 10:33 am

Hi Lydia, although the chances of getting pregnant while on your period are very small, there is still a possibility of getting pregnant. Therefore, if you had sex 3 days after your period ended, there is still a high possibility of getting pregnant. If you don't want to get pregnant – or don't want your partner to get pregnant – you need to use birth control, also called contraception or family planning. There are lots different types of birth control methods. Another way to avoid getting pregnant is abstinence. Click here to find out more: https://lovemattersafrica.com/birth-control

 Have a wonderful week and stay safe!

Hi Kafute, 

You can actually get pregnant especially if you have a shorter menstrual cycle, say 21 days. This is because ovulation happens around day 7 and this means that your most fertile days are 5, 6, and 7 after the start of your period. This means that having sex 3 days after your period ended puts you at risk since it may be within this period. This may also apply to women with irregular periods. For women for a longer period cycle i.e 28 and 35, it is hard to get pregnant. Read this article to learn more about how to count safe days: How to count safe days

Sun, 03/14/2021 - 09:16 pm
I had sex with my partner on 5th February and that was the same day she started attending..i did not use condom or anything.i did not release inside but on top of the virgina...are thier chances of her getting pregnant.?
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