Ovulation can be confusing and complicated. There are so many things to keep track of! But it’s important to know the details, whether or not you want to get pregnant. You might also be wondering if the rumors you’ve heard are true. Here is the truth of five popular ovulation myths.
5 Ovulation Myths
1. Menstrual Cycles Are 28 Days Long
False. This is just the average length of a normal cycle. But it can actually last anywhere from 21 to 35 days! It also differs from woman to woman. Even then, it can change every month. Everything from stress to sickness can shorten (or extend) a cycle.1
2. Bleeding And Ovulation Can Happen At The Same Time
False. Some women may experience mid-cycle spotting around ovulation. But this type of bleeding won’t look anything like a menstrual period.2 The heavier bleeding takes place at the beginning of your cycle – around day 1 to 5 – while ovulation happens in the middle. So you can’t get them together
3. You Can Only Get Pregnant On One Day
False. Pregnancy can happen anytime around ovulation. The best time is beforehand, but it can also happen after. This is because sperm can live up to five days in the woman’s body.3 So depending on when you have intercourse, pregnancy is a possibility for multiple days.
4. You Can Get Pregnant On Your Period
False, but sometimes true. It depends on the length of your cycle. When your period happens, ovulation is still some time away. So if you have a cycle of 28 days or more, the time between your period and ovulation is longer. Pregnancy is very unlikely. But if you have a shorter cycle, that time may be sooner than you think. And since sperm can live for five days, there may be a small chance for pregnancy.4
5. You Can Have Your Period While Pregnant
False. When you become pregnant, the egg latches on to your uterine wall. This is how it grows and develops.5 Remember, your period is the shedding of the uterine wall’s lining.6 So it can’t happen while you’re pregnant. If you do bleed during pregnancy, it may be spotting or a miscarriage.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your gynecologist. Be honest and ask questions. They will be able to explain everything according to your situation.
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|2.||↑||[What causes bleeding between periods?]( http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/976.aspx?CategoryID=60 “What causes bleeding between periods?”),NHS Choices|
|3.||↑||[Determining Your Fertility Window](http://americanpregnancy.org/getting-pregnant/fertility-window/ “Determining Your Fertility Window”),American Pregnancy|
|4.||↑||[Can You Get Pregnant On Your Period?]( http://americanpregnancy.org/getting-pregnant/can-get-pregnant-period/ “Can You Get Pregnant On Your Period?),American Pregnancy Association|
|5.||↑||[Human Chorionic Gondatopropin (HCG): The Pregnancy Hormone](http://americanpregnancy.org/while-pregnant/hcg-levels/ “Human Chorionic Gondatopropin (HCG): The Pregnancy Hormone”),American Pregnancy Association|
|6.||↑||[Menstruation and the menstrual cycle](https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/menstruation-and-menstrual-cycle “Menstruation and the menstrual cycle”),Office on Women’s Health|