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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%.  

Remember,

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?

Comments

Hi Liyayi, 

Your most fertile days are at the time of ovulation (when an egg is released from your ovaries), which usually occurs 12 to 14 days before your next period starts. If you have a regular period, you should be able to calculate this. For instance, if you have a 28 days cycle, you ovulate around day 14 thus your most fertile days are days 12, 13 and 14. If your average menstrual cycle is 35 days ovulation happens around day 21 and your most fertile days are days 19,20 and 21. If you have shorter cycles, say 21 days, ovulation happens around day 7 and your most fertile days are days 5, 6 and 7. If you have an irregular periods, it may be hard to predict since you may not ovulate every month or you may ovulate at different times from month to month. 

Hi Caleb, 

Ovulation happens about 14 days before a woman's period. For instance, if you have a 28 days cycle, you ovulate around day 14 thus your most fertile days are days 12, 13 and 14. If your average menstrual cycle is 35 days ovulation happens around day 21 and your most fertile days are days 19,20 and 21. If you have shorter cycles, say 21 days, ovulation happens around day 7 and your most fertile days are days 5, 6 and 7. If you have an irregular periods, it may be hard to predict when ovulation will occur since you may not ovulate every month or you may ovulate at different times from month to month. 

Fahima
Tue, 05/04/2021 - 06:41 am
I want to get pregnant. Been in marriage for 3yrs and not able to concieve. I used Norplant for sometime had it removed before I got married. Could it be the cause, ?how do I correct it coz I seriously need a baby

Hi Fahima, 

The Norplant does not have permanent effect on fertility. After removing an implant, the return of fertility after discontinuing the method may not be immediate for all women. It takes an average of 3 to 18 months to get pregnant. 

You can also check your ovulation calendar to ensure that your timing is right. For instance, if you have a 28 days cycle, you ovulate around day 14 thus your most fertile days are days 12, 13 and 14. If your average menstrual cycle is 35 days ovulation happens around day 21 and your most fertile days are days 19,20 and 21. If you have shorter cycles, say 21 days, ovulation happens around day 7 and your most fertile days are days 5, 6 and 7. If you have an irregular periods, it may be hard to predict since you may not ovulate every month or you may ovulate at different times from month to month. 

On the other hand, you and your partner should visit a doctor for further tests and treatment. 

Can you get pregnant if you don't see your period, I mean I have been using family planning for three months and I was supposed to go back on April but I didn't and I haven't seen my period since the day I received injection but I have sex on the month of April before going for another injection.is it possible for me to be pregnant

Hi Mary, 

It is It can take several months for your period to return to what it was before you started the injection. Also, your natural fertility can take some time to return to normal so it is not likely to get pregnant immediately. On average this will be three to six months but it can take up to one year. However, it is important to take a pregnancy test to confirm whether you are pregnant. To be safe, always remember to have a repeat injection before it expires or becomes ineffective. Here is an article on the injection: Shot (injectables)

Hi Moureen, 

How many days is your cycle? 21? 28? 35? Also, exactly how many days after your period and ovulation do you have sex? It could be that you are actually having sex around ovulation when having sex after your period. However, perhaps you can provide the information requested so that we can better help you. 

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