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Health & Wellbeing / Claire Blackmore

#TabooTuesday: Can I Get Pregnant On My Period?

The pill, the implant, condoms, or even a period app – whatever way of contraception you decide on, preventing pregnancy is probably high on the agenda.

But surely if you’re on your period, you can’t create a cute little human life, right?

Wrong! Pink Parcel’s resident GP, Dr. Tatiana Lapa, explains why even the monthly party in your uterus might not protect you from creating a baby…

Can I Get Pregnant On My Period? And how?

“In short to your question – yes. You can get pregnant if you have unprotected sex whilst on your period if you ovulate early. Sperm can survive inside a woman’s body for up to seven days so although the risk is small, it can happen. It’s also important to keep in mind that the bleed may not always be your period (it could be spotting or another underlying health condition), which would mean you aren’t protected at all.”

What If You Forget To Start Your Next Pack Of Pills?

“Yes, it is still possible to get pregnant, even if you only forget to take the first one after your seven day break. It’s not that likely but remember that one of the ways the pill works as a contraceptive measure is to prevent ovulation. If you miss any, the effectiveness will be reduced.”

How Likely Is It?

“The probabilities of getting pregnant while you are on your period are low, but the possibilities are still there. This is because you’re fertile on the days leading up to your monthly menstruation and around the time you ovulate. Sperm, as mentioned earlier, can live up to an entire week inside a woman’s body so if you have a short cycle you could be ovulating just after your period – therefore you could be fertile very early in your cycle when you’re still bleeding.” 

If you haven’t signed up to Pink Parcel yet, it’s time to start enjoying your period! Subscribe here and you’ll have everything you need (and want) sent directly to your door.

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