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Can I Get Pregnant on My Periods?

May 4, 2021

Talking about the period and pregnancy rule is still taboo. While sex is present in conversations of all kinds, often in the crudest possible way, there are issues that continue to be discussed in a low voice, such as the menstruation cycle.

There is still a lot of ignorance around the rule. Popular wisdom has established the certainty in society that women cannot get pregnant when they are in menstruation age. But is that true? Myth or Reality?

In principle, a woman cannot get pregnant during the days of menstruation. But sometimes pre-ovulatory bleeding can be confused with the rule and so there are many reasons for late period.

There are exceptions. In a very small proportion of cases, in women with short menstrual cycles of 21 or 22 days and periods of 7 or 8, there may be a pregnancy during the period. 

Although the probability is very low: they are not the fertile days of the woman and, despite that, there is a possibility of pregnancy if you have sex without using contraceptives.

Not all women have the same menstruation period cycle. Usually, this lasts 28 days, but there are those that have shorter cycles. And these women could ovulate before they have finished menstruation.

Irregular menstrual cycles

Not all women have the “standard” period every 28 days. There are those who have longer cycles, in which ovulation occurs after day 14 and others with shorter cycles in which ovulation occurs earlier. By knowing my cycle and the changes in my body (watching for signs of ovulation), we might be able to predict when ovulation will occur, although this, is not always reliable.

Also, there are women who experience different cycles each month: not all of their cycles are regular. This is common, for example, in women with the polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a very common and usually mild hormonal imbalance that affects 8 out of 100 women.

Short menstrual cycle

Take, for example, the case of a woman with a 22-day menstrual cycle. It menstruates during the first 7 or 8 days. Taking into account that, normally, the ovaries release an egg in the middle of the menstrual cycle (between days 12 and 15 in the most common cases). This woman would ovulate between days 9 and 13.

If this woman has unprotected sex during the last days of her period. And taking into account that sperm remain alive in the female reproductive system for 3 or 4 days, they would remain alive at the beginning of the woman’s ovulation.

Regularity

Ovulation depends on the regularity of a woman’s menstruation flow and cycles. This regularity can vary due to various factors: stress, certain medications, or, among others, thyroid disorders. This irregularity could advance or delay ovulation, making pregnancy more possible during menstruation.

Getting pregnant during your period

We might think that if we do not have PCOS and our cycle is regular, there is no risk of pregnancy outside the key days of the cycle, after menstruation.

But it is that there is the possibility that there are changes in the cycle. Although it is difficult, it is not impossible that ovulation is advanced and there is a mature ovum ready to be fertilized at the time of menstruation. That is, while a previous unfertilized egg is being shed from the body. If you are in menstruation regulation, you can use LAIQA sanitary pads which are super soft and made with premium materials.

On the other hand, in the case of short cycles, of about 20 days, the ovum could be released during the last days of menstruation. Or just after and increase the chances of pregnancy on period, if you have sexual intercourse during your period. And let’s not forget that sperm remain in the female reproductive system for 3 to 4 days, further increasing the possibility of pregnancy.

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