Get Pregnant on your Period

It can be confusing when you hear someone say that you can get pregnant on your period. We enlighten you in this article about how your menstrual cycle works, if you could have sex on your period to get pregnant and the chances of getting pregnant during your period.

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2020 11:29 GMT

Get Pregnant on your Period
Get Pregnant on your Period
Can you get pregnant on your period?

Most of you may be fairly aware that it is unlikely to get pregnant on your period. However, there can be times when a doubt may arise about what if you get pregnant on your period. Here is a simple guide to clear your doubts. 

Can you get pregnant on your period?

The straightforward answer is ‘No.’ But it is not impossible! 

So, how can you know if there are chances to get pregnant on your period? 

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In order to assess your chances to get pregnant on a period, you must understand how your menstrual cycle works, when you ovulate and what it has got to do with pregnancy. 

How does your menstrual cycle work?

In your monthly cycle, one egg from one of your ovaries is released. The released egg travels down to your uterus through your fallopian tube. When this is happening inside you, if you have sex, a sperm unites with your egg leading to conception and pregnancy. If you did not have sex in this time period or if a sperm did not unite with your egg, the egg separates from your uterine wall and blood is shed through your vagina. This blood is your menstrual blood. After a few days, another egg is released in your next cycle and the cycle continues. So, by all means, on the first day of your period, you will not have a live egg for a sperm to fertilize. However, if you have your period for 5 days and if you have sex on the 4th or 5th day, there might be fair chances for pregnancy

Further Reading: Early Signs of Pregnancy

Now, it is important for you to understand the following in your cycle:

  • Sperms can be alive inside your body for 5-6 days while your egg can be alive for only 24 hours after it is released from your ovary. That is, you can become pregnant only if you have intercourse in the 5-6 days time in the month. 
  • The day when your egg will be released (a process called the ovulation) in a month is fairly predictable.
  • The menstrual cycle length, that is, the number of days between two periods can vary from woman to woman. In general, a cycle lasts for 28-32 days. The first day of your period is the first day of your menstrual cycle. 
  • Somewhere around the middle of your cycle, ovulation occurs. Counting from the day your period begins, you are most likely to ovulate between days 10 to day 14, if you have a regular 28-day cycle.
  • But, said that menstrual cycle and ovulation time can vary from woman to woman, you must be able to read your signs of ovulation or check with an online ovulation calculator
How can you get pregnant on your period? 

For some women whose menstrual cycles are shorter than 28 days, ovulation may happen even before day 10. So, if you have sex on the 5th day of your period, there will be sperms inside you for the next 5-6 days, that is, at least until days 10-11. In this time, when an egg is released, there is a possibility for you to get pregnant. 

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If you are planning for pregnancy, can you have sex on your period? 

Other than the mess all the fluids are going to create, having sex on a period is just fine. However, if you are specifically planning to conceive, know that there are only faint chances for conception to happen on a period provided your menstrual cycle is short. For women with an average length of the cycle, that is 28-32 days, it is unlikely to get pregnant on a period. 

If you do not want to get pregnant, can you have sex on your period?
For the reasons mentioned above, you shouldn’t be getting pregnant on your period. However, provided there is a possibility, it is better to use a contraceptive or at least avoid sex during the last days of your period.

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