Yes, you can get pregnant during your period, but the chances are quite slim. The best time for a woman to get pregnant is around the middle of her cycle, close to ovulation. For the average woman this is around cycle day 12 to 16. However, it is possible to get pregnant during your period and there are several reasons. Normally sperm can survive inside a woman’s body for around 2-3 three days. However, under some condition, sperm can sometimes survive for as long as 5 days. So, if you had unprotected sex during your period and then ovulated 4-5 five days after you had sex, you could get pregnant.
3 Reasons You May Get Pregnant During Your Period
1. Early Ovulation
Typically a woman ovulates around 14 days before the start of her period. So if you have an average 28 day cycle, you would most likely ovulate on cycle day 14. A woman’s cycle, is not always predictable and varies. Even with women who normally have regular cycles can have an off cycle and ovulate earlier or later than normal. If you ovulate very early in your cycle, for example, on cycle day 10, it would be possible to conceive if you had intercourse while on your period.
2. Irregular Periods
Some women have very long periods or irregular bleeding after their period. If a woman had a long period of 10 days, and she had unprotected sex while she was still bleeding, she might get pregnant. If a woman is bleeding or spotting, it doesn’t mean that she is not fertile. It is possible for a woman approaching ovulation to still be on her period. In fact, some women will begin producing fertile cervical mucous during the last few days of their periods. If a woman ovulates shortly after her period ends or while she is spotting, she could get pregnant.
3. Ovulation Spotting
Ovulation spotting is bleeding that occurs close to ovulation. It is very fertile cervical fluid and it is sometime mistaken for a long or abnormal period. Some women will have brown or red spotting right before they ovulate. This type of spotting provides the ideal environment for sperm to live in. If a woman has sex while she is having ovulation spotting, there is a good chance she could get pregnant.
If you had unprotected sex during your period and are concerned that you may be pregnant, look out for symptoms like mild lower abdominal cramping, spotting, breast tenderness and moodiness. These symptoms can occur as early as two weeks after ovulation. Other, more common, pregnancy symptoms to watch out for will manifest closer to six or seven weeks’ gestation, and include nausea, vomiting and severe fatigue.