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One of the biggest misconceptions women have about pregnancy is that it’s impossible to become pregnant while you are on your period. Don’t mistake that for a solid yes. It’s highly unlikely that you will become pregnant if you engage in unprotected intercourse during your period. However, it is possible. To understand how this works it is important to understand exactly what your period is and what it does for your body.
Each month you ovulate. This means your body releases an egg. If that egg is not fertilized, you will get your period. The blood is your body’s way of letting you know you’ve reached the end of this month’s ovulation cycle. Your body prepares your uterus for pregnancy in case your egg is fertilized. The additional lining that appears in your uterus then begins to fall off once your unfertilized egg does not attach itself to the newly formed wall of your uterus. This is what causes your bleeding. When your egg is released during ovulation, it’s usually about halfway through your cycle. This means it’s halfway between the first day of your last period and the first day of your next period.
However, a woman who does not follow the typical 28 day cycle of menstruation can become pregnant on her period. For example, if your cycle occurs every 24 days instead of every 28, it’s possible that you could actually release an egg three days after your period ends. Since sperm can live up to a week in the body, you might become pregnant from having unprotected intercourse in the last few days of your period. It’s not very likely and it happens very infrequently to women, but it is a possibility. Additionally, don’t think that just because you have a longer cycle or a regular cycle you cannot become pregnant while on your period. It could happen. The best course of action is to use preventative measures if you’re not ready to conceive.
Can You Get Pregnant Right Before Your Period?
If you’re wondering if pregnancy is possible in the days leading up to your period, it could be. Every woman is different and it’s impossible to tell when you might become pregnant. For example, if you have a very short cycle each month, it’s possible that your body might release a late egg and you could conceive just a few days before your period is scheduled to arrive.
Eggs live for approximately 24 hours once they are released during ovulation. Sperm can live up to a week. If the circumstances are just right, you could become pregnant during the days leading up to your expected period. However, this is not a typical situation. Most women, no matter how long their menstrual cycles, only ovulate halfway through their cycle. This means that no matter how short your menstrual cycle, it’s unlikely that you will ovulate late enough to become pregnant just before your period is scheduled to arrive.
It is possible, however, that the hormones in your body are just slightly off. This could cause you to ovulate a bit later than you thought possible, which could make this scenario more likely. The only issue with this, however, is that it’s really difficult to tell just when you conceived until you see a doctor and have the age of your fetus measured. Even then, the measurements can be off and you still might not know exactly when you ovulate. If you do want to know when this date occurs each month, just use a simple over-the-counter ovulation kit. It’s not just for women who want to become pregnant. If you don’t want to become pregnant, this kit could help you prevent pregnancy by cluing you in to your ovulation dates each month. It’s not a great way to prevent pregnancy, but it can help you get a clue as to when exactly you ovulate each month by keeping records of your temperatures if your menstrual cycle is shorter or longer than 28 days.
Can You Be Pregnant And Still Get Your Period?
There are several reasons you might bleed during pregnancy. However, it is not possible to have your period when you are pregnant. One reason is implantation bleeding. This typically occurs when your egg is implanted into your uterus. It causes light bleeding in many women. Some women mistake this bleeding as a sign that their period has arrived, but it’s not. It should be very light and last only a day to a few days before it disappears.
Another reason you might bleed during pregnancy is a miscarriage. If you are pregnant and you begin to bleed heavy, period-like bleeding, it is imperative that you contact your doctor immediately to have your baby’s health checked out.
If you’re wondering whether or not your period has arrived during your pregnancy, you can stop. You cannot have your period while pregnant. Your period only occurs when you do not conceive and your body begins to shed the lining of your uterus. If you are pregnant, you do not ovulate. This means you do not release eggs each month. This means your uterus will stay intact for the duration of your pregnancy.
If you do bleed while pregnant, call your doctor immediately. While oftentimes women do bleed during pregnancy and it’s nothing to worry about, it’s not a chance you want to take to skip visiting your doctor. Many women experience spotting throughout their pregnancies for various and unknown reasons and they go on to have a healthy, full-term pregnancy and baby. Other women are not so lucky, which is why a trip to the doctor is always a good idea when it comes to bleeding during pregnancy. Your doctor can check your cervix with an internal exam to see if everything is fine. He or she can also perform an ultrasound to help you understand whether or not your baby is safe.