Most people believe that having sex when the girl is on their period is safe. This is a fair assessment as the period signals your body is eliminating all the materials associated with pregnancy, ready to start the cycle again. It’s also consistent with the fact that most women ovulate 14 days into their cycle.
However, while this is a fair assessment, it is not accurate. Every person is different and it is actually possible for a girl to get pregnant while having her period.
This is why it is essential for consenting parties to use protection at all times unless you are actively trying to become pregnant. Even then, it is a good idea to visit an obstetrician Sydney first. They can conduct examinations to ensure everything is working properly and make sure you don’t have any sexually transmittable diseases.
Of course, the obstetrician will also be an essential companion on your journey through pregnancy. To ensure this happens only when you want it to, you should understand how pregnancy can occur even when you are on your period:
It is common to experience a little bleeding when you ovulate. This is when the eggs are released from the ovaries and travel down the fallopian tubes. During this part of the cycle, you are most likely to become pregnant.
If you mistake the blood for the beginning of your period then you may think it is safe to have unprotected sex. However, if this is blood from ovulation you are actually having unprotected sex during your most fertile time, making it highly likely that you will become pregnant.
Overlap In Ovulation
Another option that makes it possible to become pregnant while on your period is when you start ovulating while you are on your period. This is possible as hormones control ovulation and it simply releases the eggs from the ovaries. At the same time, different hormones are clearing out the uterus and preparing it again for a potential fetus.
If the ovulation occurs earlier than expected you can have sex while on your period and still become pregnant. It’s all a matter of timing and you won’t know whether it has happened or not.
Ovulation can start any time after your period has finished. That means if you have sex during your period the sperm may still be in your body. Sperm can last for up to three days in your body, if the ovulation occurs within three days of having sex on your period, the eggs can still be fertilized and you can become pregnant.
Although the above scenarios are not the norm, they are surprisingly common, making many women pregnant when they thought they couldn’t be.
The best solution, if you don’t want to get pregnant, is to use protection every time you have sex. Although condoms can fail this is extremely rare and certainly less likely than becoming pregnant via unprotected sex during your period.