Fact or Fiction – Can You Get Pregnant Right After Your Period?
A common misconception that both men and surprisingly most women have is that ovulation occurs at the end of a women’s menstrual cycle. However, the fact of the matter is that ovulation actually occurs in the middle of the cycle. This misconception, nine out of ten times, is based on the miscalculation of the beginning and end of the actual cycle. The first day of the menstrual cycle begins on the first day of a women’s period. On average, a women begins to ovulate around 14 days after. For example, if you get your period on the 1st of each month, you would begin ovulating on or about the 15th of each month. In most cases, this is well after your period has ended and just a week or two before the next one begins. This, technically speaking, leaves just a small window of time where a women can conceive a child. After finding out this information, many women and men for that matter, become surprised over how so many women get pregnant unintentionally. Technically speaking it is a numbers game that can be avoided, (or better planned in some cases) with simple calculations and a healthy attention to your body.
The Ovulation Facts
In most cases, women do not conceive on the same day that they are sexually active. In fact, it can take up to three days after having sex for the conception to occur. This is because the sperm is able to remain in the fallopian tube for up to three days without dying, giving them ample time to find and penetrate the egg. For this very same reason, it is quite possible for a women to conceive after their period, only if early ovulation occurs. Unfortunately, there are many factors that cause early ovulation, making it nearly impossible to judge when a woman’s “safe zone” occurs. In fact, logically speaking, there is no safe zone, which is why contraceptives are so important when it comes down to unplanned pregnancies. The human body is an amazing portal that is constantly evolving and changing. With a large variety or variables present such as environmental factors, hormones and transfer of energy, it is quite common that a woman’s menstrual cycle to constantly change due to their environment, hence changing their ovulation cycle as well. Statistics show that when the menstrual cycle changes suddenly, the ovulation cycle does not change accordingly. In fact, it can take up to 3 months for the ovulation cycle to adapt to the new menstrual cycle – making it quite difficult to avoid pregnancy without contraceptives.
The Bottom Line
It is very common for women to become pregnant directly after their period. In fact, it is quite common for women to become pregnant during their period as well. Although medical professionals and scientist have no way to actually knowing how this is possible, due to the wide variety of variables between the cases, all medical professionals will agree that the only safe way to avoid pregnancy is to use protection and not rely on the ovulation method. When planning a pregnancy, this can be both difficult and frustrating, which is why many women prefer to seek professional guidance from fertility specialists to help narrow down their “prime time” for conception. Many doctors will advise you that heavy cramping during your period can be a sure sign that you are vulnerable to conceiving a child since cramps are contraction of the uterus and ovaries. When cramps occur, especially severe cramps, it can potentially and unintentionally push a fully intact egg out of the uterus, leaving it vulnerable to sperm. In many cases, whether you are ovulating or not, it is this reason that enables pregnancy to occur. In fact, a woman has a higher chance of getting pregnant in this case than during ovulation.