You're probably already bored of hearing "You can't get pregnant while you're having your period," even from us.
Although the chances of getting pregnant during your period or the days around your period are slim, there is a very small chance of getting pregnant during your period.
Let's find out more about this.
What are the chances that I will get pregnant during my period?
As we told you before, the chances of getting pregnant during your menstrual period are really low. However, this could happen if you have sex without using any kind of protection.
To really know why this happens, it is first important to know how your menstrual cycle works.
Know your menstrual cycle in depth.
- Between 10 and 16 days before the start of your next period, you will enter the ovulation period, when your ovaries release an egg.
- After ovulation, you will enter a phase called "luteal" which is when the now empty follicle develops the corpus luteum, which secretes the hormone progesterone.
- After this, the endometrium becomes much denser in preparation for the implantation of the fertilized egg. If not fertilized, the egg passes into the uterus, where hormone levels drop and the endometrial density is shed, thus initiating your next period.
Your most fertile days.
Your most fertile days are the days around the time you ovulate. Although the egg is only able to live for 12 to 24 hours after its release, you can get pregnant even if you have sex before you ovulate, since the sperm is able to survive up to five days inside your body.
So what are your chances of getting pregnant during your period?
Generally, the duration of the menstrual cycle is between 28 and 30 days, so you will be fertile between days 11 and 21, although this can vary between cycles. If your period lasts between 5 and 7 days and you have intercourse at the end of your period, you may conceive on day 11. Why? Because sperm can survive up to 5 days after intercourse.
In addition to this, you can also get pregnant if you have sex during your period if you have really short cycles. This means that you will start ovulating a few days earlier, closer to the end of your period.
What do you think? It's a little hard to digest, but as you may have noticed, getting pregnant during your period is unlikely, but not impossible. If you have deeper doubts about this, you can clear them up at your next gynecological session, nothing like accurate information based on professional experience.