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?