If you’re a woman with regular cycles, you’re most likely not going to ovulate during your period. For women with extremely irregular cycles (once every few months, or 2 or more times a month), there are more frequent occurrence of ovulation during a menstrual period, but it is still very rare.
But yes, you can get pregnant while on your period
Can i get pregnant during my period? (Photo credit: Catherine)
Whether you have a regular cycle or not, its definitely possible to get pregnant if you have sex while on your period, since sperm can live in the body for 3-5 days (in some cases, it can last up to 7 days!). Even though ovulation during a period is extremely rare, a woman can certainly get pregnant from sex during her period if she ovulates soon after.
How soon a woman ovulates after her period depends on how many days are in her cycle. For example, if you have a 21 day menstrual cycle and your period lasts 7 days, then ovulation can definitely occur right after your period. That’s because ovulation usually occurs approximately 10-16 days before the start of your next period. By the time your period is over, you’re ready to ovulate.
What Are The Chances?
Now that you know the answer to the question “can I get pregnant on my period”, you’re probably wondering just how likely it is to happen.
Although you can get pregnant on your period, its not very likely compared to other times of the month. However, if you want to avoid getting pregnant, there really is no “safe” time to have sex without contraception, though there are times where you’re more fertile and more likely to conceive. Women are most likely to get pregnant 14 days before the expected date of their next cycle.
Trying to “time” sex to avoid pregnancy isa risky and unreliable method of avoiding pregnancy. You’re definitely better off using real contraception like condoms or birth control.