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Pregnancy and Menstrual Cycle

Published: May 14, 2012
Dear TeenHealthFX,

 

I was wondering if you could explain when you can and cannot get pregnant during your menstrual cycle. I wouldn't use that knowledge as a form of contraception, but I would like to know. Thanks!

Signed: Pregnancy and Menstrual Cycle

Dear Pregnancy and Menstrual Cycle,

 

In order to become pregnant, a woman needs to ovulate.  On average ovulation takes place around the middle of her cycle.  This is around cycle day 12 to 16. Since most teen-aged females do not have a normal cycle that can be predictable, estimating when ovulation takes place is easier said than done.

 

It is important to note that it is possible to get pregnant during your period for other reasons. Normally sperm can survive inside a woman’s body for around two to three days. However, under the ideal conditions sperm can survive for as long as five days. If a woman had unprotected sex during her period and then ovulated four or five days after she had sex then it is possible she could get pregnant because the sperm would still be active.

 

TeenHealthFX is glad you are not considering this as a form of contraception. Fertility Awareness methods of birth control are NOT recommended for teenagers! They provide a very low rate of protection against pregnancy due to a female teen's irregular menstrual cycle.  In order for these methods to be even slightly effective, you must be incredibly diligent and very predictable in your cycle. To read more on the pros and cons about various contraception methods check out TeenHealthFX’s Updated Birth Control Information.

 

 

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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