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.