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When Are The Most Likely Times You Can Get Pregnant?

Published: November 11, 2015
Dear When Are The Most Likely Times You Can Get Pregnant?,

when are the most likely times you can get pregnant?


Dear When Are The Most Likely Times You Can Get Pregnant?,

The most likely way to get pregnant would be for ejaculatory or pre-ejaculatory fluids (both of which contain sperm) to be in contact with the vagina around the time of ovulation. However, this does NOT mean that safer sex should only be a consideration during certain times of the month.

According to Planned Parenthood:

There are certain times of the month when it’s more likely that you’ll get pregnant from having sex.  But, it’s possible to get pregnant anytime you have unprotected vaginal (penis-in-vagina) sex.

Even if you’re on your period, about to get your period, or just had your period, it’s possible to get pregnant from unprotected sex. It’s even possible to get pregnant before you have your first period. And the number of times you’ve had sex doesn’t matter either: whether it’s your first time having sex or the 100th time, you could get pregnant.

So having vaginal sex — at any time — means you need to make choices about birth control and preventing STDs.

 

According to Planned Parenthood:

Here's what CAN cause pregnancy: semen (ejaculate) or pre-ejaculate (pre-cum ) getting inside the vagina. Most often, this happens from vaginal sex (penis-in-vagina). Less often, it happens when semen gets on the vulva. Semen comes out of the penis during orgasm, and it's chock full of sperm. Pre-ejaculate (pre-cum) is a much smaller amount of fluid (usually just a few drops) that's sometimes released from the penis before and during sex. It's usually such a small amount that it can be hard to tell if any has come out, but it can have a little bit of sperm in it. The chance of getting pregnant from pre-cum is much less than the chance of getting pregnant from semen, but it still might be possible. Since guys can't control when pre-cum comes out, and it can happen anytime, you need to put on a condom BEFORE you start having sex and wear it the entire time.

Here's what CAN'T cause pregnancy (unless sperm somehow comes into contact with the vagina or vulva):

  • Kissing

  • Masturbation

  • body rubbing

  • oral sex

  • anal sex

 

According to Planned Parenthood, there are two ways to avoid pregnancy:

  • Don’t have sex

  • Use both a condom AND birth control every time (and the entire time) you have sex

 

For more information, please speak to your doctor. If you don't have a doctor and live in northern New Jersey, you can call the Adolescent/Young Adult Center for Health at 973-971-5199 for an appointment with an adolescent medicine specialist or contact your local teen health center or Planned Parenthood. You can also contact your insurance company for a list of in-network providers.

In addition, it would be helpful for you to take a look at our Resource of the Month, Planned Parenthood Resources on Safer Sex which offers information on sexual readiness, myths and facts about sex, how pregnancy happens, birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy tests, pregnancy options and STDs.

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