Is It Possible To Get Pregnant While Menstruating?



Whether you are trying to get pregnant or looking for ways to avoid pregnancy while engaging in sex, a common question is whether or not you can have sex and get pregnant on your period? Similarly, many people ask can you get pregnant right after your period or is it possible to get pregnant right before your period. You are not alone if either of these is one of your questions.

The probabilities of getting pregnant in these different situations vary. Some of the situations noted above are better for trying to conceive than the other, while one of the above is better for having sex with a lesser chance of getting pregnant.
Can You Get Pregnant On Your Period?

The question about whether you can get pregnant on your period or not is probably the most common of the three situations noted above. The answer is yes and no. The probability is that you would not get pregnant having sex during your period.

Apart from being messier and less desirable, having sex during your period will more than likely not result in getting pregnant. More than likely, your ovulation is several days away decreasing any chances of conceiving during this time.

However, there are exceptions. The above applies to women who have typical 28 to 30 day or longer cycles. If you happen to be one of the individuals who has a shorter cycle there is a chance you could get pregnant while having sex during your period.

Now you are asking, “How does that happen?” If your cycle is shorter, for example, every 21 to 24 days, this means you are ovulating earlier in the cycle. Sperm can live inside you for 2, 3 and up to 5 days. You could have sex towards the end of your bleeding and then actually conceive 4 or 5 days later with your early ovulation.

The probabilities of getting pregnant while on your period are low, but the possibilities are there. This is not the time to have sex if you are trying to get pregnant.

Can You Get Pregnant Right After Your Period?

Yes, you can get pregnant right after your period. You are actually starting to move into your fertility window. On a typical cycle that occurs every 28 to 30 days, the fertility window is usually between Day 11 and Day 21. As noted above sperm can live 2, 3 and up to 5 days. If your period (bleeding time) last for 5 to 7 days, and you have sex right after that, you are approaching your fertility window.

If you stop bleeding on Day 6, have sex on Day 7, and ovulate on Day 11. It is possible that the sperm from Day 6 will be waiting in your fallopian tubes for conception. Of course, your chances of conceiving right after your period increase with each day after your bleeding has stopped. If you are trying to conceive this is a good time to start having sex. Increase your chances of conception by having sex every other day for the next 14 days.

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  1. My cycle is short (22 to 24 days) please when is my ovulation? i am counting 10 to 11 days after my period but it seems not to be working.
    please i really need to know, got married this year and will like to conceive soonest.
    Am waiting for a reply!!

  2. Please what is LMP? does it mean my last mensturation date? if yes, it started on 30th of Nov.2016 and am still on it..lolzzz…
    Thanks alot.. i really appreciate and am looking forward to your reply.
    God bless you.

  3. Amen… Tnx alot.. I really appreciate.
    But may i know how yu did the calculation?
    Sry am bothering you, just need to learn..
    tnk u

  4. I started my last mensturation on 19th and ended on 23rd… And this month,i started on 17th,pls am i on track ?
    If yes,when is the right time to get pregnant ?

    • Hi Monsurat, your dates show that you have a 28 days cycle,you will likely ovulate around, 30th of this month. But you will be in your fertile window, two days before then, so you may want to get things started before ovulation see day.

  5. Good day Dr Kemi…. Pls I started my menses this month on 13th but counting from my last period, it’s 25 days cycle because my last date was 17th and it lasted for just 2days while this month, I saw stains on my pant on the night of 13th when I was about going to bed so I cleaned up and used a sanitary pad which didn’t stain all night except when I stood up to pee in the morning. It flowed heavily on 14th and didn’t flow at all on 15th only little stain, nothing yesterday but this afternoon again as I wanted to pee, the closet was stained with blood. Pls is this right normal?
    And pls help me, I need a baby

    • Hi Monsurat. First and foremost, I’m no doctor. 25 days cycle still falls within a normal range. However, what is the length of your cycle normally i.e from the first day of your period to another period?
      All hope is not lost for this cycle, if you can get ovulation predictor kits to help you know when you’re ovulating and thus have sex during your fertile window.


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