Could I be pregnant?

By admin
03 October 2013

Is it possible for someone who is having their period to fall pregnant? I slept with my boyfriend on the fourth day of my period and we are both panicking. What are the possibilities of one falling pregnant? Please send me an explanation of how that works so that I can be aware of when to do it and when not to do it.” – KK, e-mail     Move! Expert advice  

As crazy as it sounds, a woman can fall pregnant during the last few days if her menstrual cycle. Pregnancy happens when sperm reaches and fertilises an egg. Ovulation (when the egg begins its journey from the ovary to the uterus, hoping it will meet a friendly sperm) happens about 14 days into a woman’s 28-day cycle. You start counting from day one of your period to about day 14. Obviously, every woman has her own cycle. Some will be 25, some 21, some 30-day cycles. Ovulation begins about half way through your cycle. However, the body is unpredictable. This is why you can fall pregnant even when you are menstruating. Your ovulation may already have begun when you are menstruating, so by day four of bleeding, it may be day one or two of ovulation. Sperm stays alive in your cervical area for about 72 hours. Do the maths and you will see that it is possible to fall pregnant. It’s best to be safe by taking a reliable contraception. Visit your family planning clinic or Marie Stopes Clinic for expert contraceptive advice. And, honey, where was the condom?