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Menstruating and getting pregnant

Updated on August 19, 2009

Is it possible to get pregnant while having a period?

Men and women nowadays are becoming more and more afraid to have babies though most of them are engaging in pre-marital and post-marital sex. The rate of people doing it is now raising, sure it’s fun but along with it is the worry or fear of STD’s and unwanted pregnancies. We can take out the STD facts and concentrate on the pregnancy issues. We all know of the rhythm method that involves calendar counting for the ovulation period. It is still proven as the safest method both by the church and scientifically. But one must be careful with counting the days and be attentive on the last menstruation date.

There are thousands of facts that say women cannot get pregnant during fruitful coitus (ejaculation inside the vagina during her period. Pregnancy results from the conception of egg and sperm but not just an egg but a fertilized one or Ova. An ovum is released usually 14 days +/-3 days in average. An ovum stays alive for about 12 – 24 hours only some very healthy women has 36 hours. She may be some where 1-5 days of her menstruation and ova will release after 9 days (14 + /- 3 days) and once the sperm is ejaculated it stays for few days and in the optimum condition just five days. Since she is far way from her ovulation she won't get pregnant. But if she was in the later part of her menstruation and if her body provide optimum condition and above that if she ovulate earlier than expected date (14th day), there is a chance of getting pregnancy but very rare.

There is some research in 2005 that shows, Wilcox and his colleagues studied the menstruation cycles of 213 women, most between the ages of 25 and 35, when a woman's cycles are most likely to be regular for much lifestyle reason. They found that a woman's fertile period can extend to the day when menstruation is predicted to begin. In addition, they found that a woman can become fertile as early as day 4 of her cycle, and that 17% are fertile by day 7. Therefore, menstruation is no guarantee that a woman will not become pregnant when engaging in sexual intercourse."

However this research has no full proof or evidence for pregnancy but fertility. Whatever worries or fears associated to becoming pregnant, precautions are still the best solution. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Contraception’s are available in many places; sexually active individual should have an easy access to them including condoms and birth pills. If you do not want to use contraceptives, you might as well abstain from sex and wait for the right time to do it.


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