Pregnancy is one thing that frightens some women while others cherish it. It is a great phenomenon of the “Creator” who has blessed women with the power to give birth to another human being. This marvelous process is a genius creation and quite amazing how an egg gets fertilized and the rest of the processes take place, the gestation period starts, symptoms become quite visible and at the end of the gestation period, the delivery of the child takes place. Well, this seems a normal process to some but it’s a process that involves physical as well as emotional sentiments.
Can you get pregnant on your period?
Think of a woman who does not want to be pregnant for some time but unfortunately gets pregnant so what should she do? Should she abort the child? What if a woman who wants a child and gets pregnant but due to some abnormality the child does not grow and forces the mother to abort.
There is a story behind every pregnancy because all women have their priorities and plan for their to-be child. So there are numerous inquiries women ask their Gynae and some weird questions as well, like the most common question that is “can you get pregnant on your period”?
Many women find themselves in dilemma over the topic because they might misinterpret the symptoms their body is showing while the actual reasons may be different and there are chances that she might actually be pregnant. So what is the truth behind this? Lets us find out:
Well, the answer to this question is “YES” a woman can get pregnant if she had sex during her period. Want to know the reasons then read below to get your facts right.
The menstrual cycle
The menstrual cycle is defined as the loss of blood that occurs at the end of the ovulatory cycle, because of the result of an egg not being fertilized by a sperm. Every month women tend to release an egg on approx. 14th day of her cycle. Before releasing the egg the hormone levels in a woman increases (thicken) to prepare the uterus lining if in case the egg is fertilized and pregnancy takes place. If fertilization does not occur, the lining of the uterus is sloughed off about 14 days later. This is Menstrual Cycle that most women know.
The duration of periods in most women extends from 2 days to eight days and occurs every 26 to 34 days. Ovulation generally takes place midway through the cycle and is the most fertile time in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Ovulation is a process when an egg is released from one of your ovaries. At this time the woman is most likely to conceive. The whole process is complex and hard to understand as a woman cannot track it.
A very short menstrual cycle
There are certain circumstances that need to be right to make this happen. A woman to get pregnant on her periods needs to have a very short menstrual cycle, which is generally the time from the 1st day of one period to the 1st day of the next period, or this can happen if a woman has long periods. Conception is likely to take place when sperm and egg meet in the fallopian tube.
Assuming that you have 28-day cycle of periods than between the 12th and 16th days the egg reaches maturity in one of the two ovaries. The egg is then released into the abdomen and gets sucked by the tulip-shaped opening of the nearest fallopian tube. The egg can survive for about 24 hours after its release and if there is a sperm present in the fallopian tube at that time, it can fertilize the egg and lead to pregnancy. And if the egg does not get fertilized it gets out during the period.
This problem is more likely to happen with a woman who has a short menstrual cycle like 22 days. Because of this, they tend to ovulate just a few days after their period ends. And because the sperm can survive for up to six days and in between she has sex during her period, it is more likely that the sperm may still be present when she ovulate and fertilize the egg.
So the next time you think you are pregnant, do some self-check and find out. If this does not help, contact your Gynae. Your body is complex and so do its various processes.
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