Can You Get Pregnant During Your Period?

While not likely, it is possible to to get pregnant if you have unprotected sex while on your period. Every woman has heard the long enduring myth. Technically, a woman cannot get pregnant during her period, but unprotected sex at this time can still result in conception. As a woman blossoms, she is taught several general truths. She is told that once, every 28 days, she will menstruate and that, 14 days later ovulation, she will ovulate. It is explained that this is the time during which her body will be primed to make a baby. Unfortunately, this is not true for every woman. While the chances are relatively low,  a woman is able to get pregnant during her period.

What Happens in Your Body?

Let’s take a look at what really happens in a woman’s body. In general, an egg is released into the fallopian tubes at ovulation. This happens at about 14 days after a woman’s period starts. The egg will travel to the uterus (or womb), and can be fertilized anywhere along the route. The life of an unfertilized egg in the womb is a short one and in the absence of sperm will begin the process that leads to menstruation.

Why it is Possible for a Woman to Get Pregnant During Her Period?

The differences in women’s bodies and menstrual cycles are one factor in the possibility of an unexpected pregnancy. Early ovulation, non-period bleeding, and the lifespan of sperm within a woman’s body are additional factors. Bleeding around the time of the menses, is not always a period. A woman may also experience bleeding when she begins to ovulate, or has experienced trauma to the cervix. When a female is in the early and late years of menstruation, her cycle often varies from month to month as well. Any one of these reasons, combined with unprotected sex, makes it possible for a woman to get pregnant during her period.

The biggest contributor to conception, while a woman is on her period, is the ability of sperm to thrive in a woman’s body. While ovulation typically does not happen when the period is happening,  a male’s sperm can survive up to 5 days within a woman.  When a couple has sex during menstruation, healthy sperm that enter the woman’s body will wait around to do their job. Once ovulation begins, all factors are present for the successful fertilization of the egg.

  • Monica

    I do not know if I’m pregnancy want to do

  • Kim

    I just start my period and I had sex and sperm got inside of me can I get pregnant

  • Vickie B.

    While possible, it isn’t likely.

  • Mami

    I had my period 8/05/13 I had sex today the condom didnt break but
    We think the sperm came out through the sides…could I be pregnant.

  • Skinny lover

    I had unprotive sex 8 ago and I start to bleed on the 10 and I stop bleeding on the 14 can I still be pregnant ?

  • jackz11

    I started my period friday 9.20.13 was light by sunday when i had unprotected sex.can i become pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    It is not likely but it is possible. If you don’t want to get pregnant, it is best to use some sort of contraceptive method.

  • jackz11

    Trying to get pregnant. I had sex again the last day of my period.could that possible mean im pregnant..?

  • Vickie B.

    Most likely not unless you have very short cycles.

  • jackz11

    Whats considered regular cycle and short cycle

  • Vickie B.

    The average normal cycle length is 28 days – calculated from the day your period starts to the day before it starts the next month.

  • Victoria

    I did the same and I don’t want to get pregnant wat sort of methods are there

  • WorriedTeen

    I had sex during the last few days of my period on Oct 23, i took a test early this month on Dec 8th it was negative but it is now the 20th and i still havent got my period. Is it possible that i might be pregnant? Help me please

  • maryanne

    I was four days late for my period and I had unprotected sec wutg my boyfriend now I am seven days late and still no period. Should I be worried?

  • fifi

    hello,i had my period on february28th to 4th march,and i had sex with my boyfriend on 8th and 12th march ,feel like pregnant,eating,sleeping too much,but today 26th march i start bleeding,am i pregnant or not?

  • Marcela

    My last period was 4-25-14. Last Sunday 5-11 I started to feel cramps, lower abdominal cramps, heart burns, sea sickness n fatigue. It’s supposed to be ovulation week but i never feel this bad during those days. it feels like pregnancy to me. Is it possible I’m pregnant?

  • maria

    It is very possible my good people,thus many ladies ever complains that they felt pregnant by mistake!

  • sara

    My period was already a few days late the night my boyfriend didn’t pull out.5days later I started a light period.could I be pregnant?

  • Alex

    My Last Period Started March 31 Of This Year. 8 Days Ago, I Took 2 First Response Pregnancy Test And Another The Next Day. Both Positive. Have Had Cramping And Nausea. Vomited A Few Times After Eating And Not Eating At All. Still Have Mild Nausea. Am I Really Pregnant?’ And If I Am, How Many Weeks? When Should I Schedule A Doctor’s Appointment? What Vitamins Should I Take And Avoid? What Foods Do I Avoid? Can I Eat Peanuts?!

  • Vickie B.

    If you had regular periods and your dates are right, you should be starting your second trimester. You really need to go see your doctor NOW and ask all the questions you have.

  • Vickie B.

    A pregnancy based on what you described here wouldn’t show up as a pregnancy just yet.

  • Ness

    I had sex while on my period we didn’t use no protection and be didn’t pull out on time. Can I end up preg?

  • Vickie B.

    It’s remotely possible, but not very likely.

  • madhuri

    I have to get on period at 4 bt still i m m nt n regular i m dng sex bt today a bit bleedng is gng on so i dnt kw wealter i m or not n i m dng 21 june i met my husband frm then

  • Kayla morton-rin

    I started my period 7/7/14 I had sex during my period. Me and my partner have been ending same time when we have sex. But now for almost 4 days starting from 7/15/14 I been feeling really sea sick espicially when I get up in the morning. I end up throwing up. I also been having many mood swings and cravings. And we r still having sex Would I be pregnant?

  • tracy

    i am 47 years old and still having pretty regular periods…. i am still spotting some… can i get pregnant

  • soso

    I had sex wth my boyfrnd wthout condom,den nw my timmy z gtting big n ma breast are cuming out yellowish thick milk,n ive gt pains,heart burns am i pregnant

  • Vickie B.

    You need to take a test and see your doctor.

  • Vickie B.

    Unfortunately, if you are only spotting and not having full fledged periods, it would appear that your system is in the process of perimenopause. The chances of getting pregnant in the late part of your 40’s is pretty slim without medical intervention. It’s possible but not likely – sorry :(

  • Vickie B.

    It’s possible, but unless you have very irregular or short cycles, it doesn’t seem like you would be ovulating so soon after your period. Seeing the date of this comment, did you turn out to be pregnant?

  • lauren

    Me and my bf had sex on the same day my period came. Mind you it came early because I took a plan b pill. That only last like 3 days. Could I be pregnant

  • Vickie B.

    I’d think the chances are pretty slim that you would have gotten pregnant at that point.

  • Esther Garcia Dominguez

    My last day of my period of last month was july 29,2014 n I had sex on July 30,2014 but he just pull it out n then put back in but he did it 2 times can I still be pregnant while iam on my period right now ??

  • Vickie B.

    Based on what you are saying, chances are that pregnancy is not very likely based on your timing of having sex.

  • Sarah

    Well I had sex about 3 weeks ago and I got my period the day after is it possible for me to be pregnant??

  • Vickie B.

    No. Ovulation typically happens about 14 days after your period starts. You can only get pregnant from sex around when you will be ovulating.

  • mrs jennings

    Hi me and my husband had sex Friday n sat in today I got my period but my pregnancy test said im not pregnant is it because I took the test Early

  • Vickie B.

    Well, in order to get pregnant you need to have sex when you are ovulating, which is about 14 days before your period comes. Having sex 2 days before your period starts will not lead to pregnancy in most cases.

  • Doria Diana

    My last 2 baby’s are 15 months apart and were indeed conceived on the last day of my period so yes its possible just depends on you

  • nicole112994

    I started my period on October 5th, I had unprotected sex on October 7th, we are trying to conceive.. But my period have been off schedule every month, last month my period was two weeks late, & this month it’s a day early. I’m just curious if it worked & I did conceive when should I talk the test?

  • Vickie B.

    The earliest I would test would be on the 19th or so.

  • nicole112994

    So take a pregnancy test on October 19?

  • Vickie B.

    That would work.

  • Alexandria

    I’ve been on my period for a while now. I just had unprotected sex with my partner on 10/ 9. I don’t feel different but could I be pregnant.

  • Vickie B.

    If you are having a period, then no, you most likely are not pregnant. If that is not what you were asking, please feel free to clarify your question.

  • WorriedWoman

    I had my period, it came on time was a normal flow and everything. The third day of my period (it’s always 5 days) I had sex without a condom but he pulled out and then came like 20 mins after he pulled out.

    I was not worried that I’d be pregnant we do it often.

    I’m still having random dull aches like period pain but not nearly as bad. But not bleeding. My period started on Oct 12th. I was originally worried I had a tampon stuck inside me (even tho I took it out when I had sex). But I can’t find anything in me and my bf tried and couldn’t find anything. I started getting worried I may get TSS if I really do have a tampon in me. But I started reading that the pain could mean I’m pregnant. I really can’t be pregnant at this point in my life. It would be more cruel for the baby because my life isn’t together yet.

    Do you think I could be pregnant? On Friday it will be 14 days after my period started which is what I keep seeing is when most women ovulate.

    Is 5 days a short period? And do you think I could be pregnant?


  • Vickie B.

    You wouldn’t be pregnant from having sex on the 3rd day of your period. The random aches that you are feeling could be to ovulation getting ready to start. Since you are so concerned, it would be best that you make an appointment with your doctor to address your concerns.

  • crazzy

    I had sex with my gf on her 4th day menses many of people’s saying that more chance to get pregnancy….
    What can I do for it I don’t no what to do please help me give any suggestion..

  • Vickie B.

    Actually, if your girlfriend has a typical 28 day cycle, the possibility for pregnancy is there but not likely. In a 28 day cycle women usually ovulate on day 14 so you have to have sex closer to that time.

  • Charlie

    So lets say my period is a heavy flow, and I mean heavy. It usually lasts about 4 days. Would it be okay to have sex while I was on it?

  • Vickie B.

    Yes it should be okay. The likelihood for pregnancy is small but it is possible if you aren’t using protection though.

  • kb

    I just had sex a day before my period and he came in me. Am I likely to get pregnant?

  • kb

    I just had sex a day before my period and he came in me. Am I likely to get pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    Not likely.

  • mimay

    i had sex with my husband during the first day of my period, and bleeding slows down on the 2nd day.. its been a week now, and I’m having some strange actions, like mood swings, and feels like throwing up (but still I can manage not to) , and fatigue.. Is it possible that I might be pregnant, coz we had an unprotected sex, and he didn’t pull it out. help

  • Scherry Samaroo

    i just start to see my period on December 13th 2014 and i have unprotected sex around 2:30 pm in the afternoon of the same day as i am seeing my period . Can i get pregnant after i see my period for this month ?

  • teen17

    So I had sex yesterday whilst menustration unprotected and I am also on a contraception is it possible to still get pregnant?

  • Worried

    My cycle is short of like 22 days my last day of my period was on Sunday and I had unprotected sex that night and in the morning after. What are my chances of being pregnant having a short cycle

  • Caitlin

    I’m am really worried that I am be pregnant.. Two weeks ago I stayed with my boyfriend for the weekend and we had sex and we wasn’t being real careful, and I was two days from being off my period and now I’ve been eating a lot. But I’m sick at the same time, but I’m not taken a test yet unless I miss my period. Do you think I’m pregnant?

  • Vickie B.

    It’s not likely but it is possible. Taking a pregnancy test in about a week and a half should let you know for sure.

  • Vickie B.

    It’s not likely, but it is possible depending on when you ovulate and how long your cycle is.

  • Vickie B.

    If you are taking your birth control regularly then the chances of getting pregnant are pretty small.

  • Vickie B.

    Actually, your chances are higher than normal because you will ovulate earlier.

  • Vickie B.

    If your period is late, take a test.

  • Scherry Samaroo

    my period start on 13th December and finish on 19th December 21014 . Can i get pregnant next month if i do not see my period for next month

  • Vickie B.

    Do you have a period every month? It almost sounds like you don’t. If you don’t have one very month, it will be hard to say when to have sex to get pregnant.

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