Can you get pregnant while on your menstrual period?
Answer: Although it is very unlikely that you could become pregnant during
your period, some women do ovulate when they are bleeding (which
may not actually be a menstrual period), so it is remotely possible.
If you have a consistent menstrual cycle, with several days of bleeding
every 27 to 31 days, you probably can't get pregnant during your period.
However, if your cycle is irregular, you may mistake some bleeding for a
period; if this is the case, you should consider yourself fertile at any
time during your cycle.
If your period lasts more than a week, you could possibly become pregnant
if you engage in sexual intercourse toward the end of your period.
The days just after the end of your period can be the most fertile
days of your cycle.
Unexpected bleeding can also be caused by small increases or decreases in
your hormone levels. Because of this,
artificial hormones (such as birth control pills, the Depo-provera "birth
control shot", and Norplant) can interfere with your cycle. It can take your body
several months to get back to normal after you are no longer exposed to
If you think you might be pregnant, please contact us about a
free pregnancy test.
If you are considering intercourse but you don't want to get pregnant,
please click here to find out how to protect
yourself from unplanned pregnancy.
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