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Can You Get Pregnant Right After Your Period? Yes – or No?

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Can i get pregnant after my periodCan You Get Pregnant Right After Your Period

Trying to get pregnant? You’re not alone. The whole conceiving process tends to be exhausting and time-consuming, and the most common reason why many women don’t end up pregnant is their failure to identify their most fertile days. Many think they’re very fertile right on their period, while others think of the first weeks of their menstrual cycle as the most fertile.

A common question we’ve heard before is “Сan you get pregnant right after your period?” In a nutshell, you may get pregnant the day after your period, but only if your period is irregular.

If you want to start conceiving right after your period has stopped, there are a few important aspects to keep in mind. Luckily, our expert is here and ready to answer your questions. See what other women have asked below:

1. I’ve been trying to conceive for several years already, and although my ob/gyn says I’m perfectly healthy and fertile, I have my doubts. I got pregnant once, and but, unfortunately, miscarried just a few days after I’ve found out. Today is the last day of my period. I haven’t had sex during this time, but I’d like to start trying to conceive tomorrow. Can I get pregnant after my period? Should I wait several days after my period stops before I can get pregnant? I’m really confused, and my doctor says I should calculate my ovulation days. How do I do that? I’ll really appreciate any help you can provide in this regard!

Expert Answers:

Thank you for contacting us. I’m really sorry to hear about your miscarriage. Unfortunately, it happens all the time, but don’t feel bad or discouraged. Just because you miscarried, it doesn’t mean that you can no longer get pregnant. As long as your doc says that you’re fine, then you shouldn’t be worried.

As far as getting pregnant right after your period, that is possible only as long as your period is irregular, but it’s unlikely to happen. As you probably know already, your most fertile days are the day you ovulate, and 1-2 days before ovulation. If you have sex during that period, then it’s more likely to get pregnant. If your period is regular, then you will ovulate about 12-14 days after your last period. If it’s irregular, then you may be ovulating soon after the end of your period, and hence you are more likely to get pregnant since you essentially moving into your fertility period.

To better explain the entire fertilization process, let’s say you have a 28-day menstrual cycle. Day 1 is the day your period starts. Hormone levels have dropped, signaling the body and tissues lining the uterus to break down and shed from the body. On average, bleeding lasts for around 5-6 days. By day 7, bleeding has stopped. Between day 1 and day 7, hormones cause fluid-filled pockets to form on the ovaries, each pocket containing an egg. Between days 7 and 14, one follicle continues to develop until it reaches maturity.

The lining of the uterus becomes gradually thicker in expectation of a fertilized egg to implant there. This lining is filled with blood and essential nutrients. On day 14, hormones cause the follicle to burst and release the egg, which travels through the fallopian tube to the uterus for the next few days. If the egg is fertilized here, then it will continue traveling down the fallopian tube, embedding to the endometrium. If it’s not fertilized, hormone levels drop on day 25, signaling the next menstrual cycle to begin.

If your period is irregular, then ovulation may occur sooner (or later) than day 14 (assuming you have a 28-day menstrual cycle). The best way to calculate your ovulation period is counting 12-14 days from your last period. It usually depends on how lengthy your menstrual cycle is. Your vaginal discharge may be of a real help here, because it becomes extremely runny and slippery during this time of the month to allow sperm cells to easily travel and unite with your egg. After you’ve calculated your approximate ovulation period, write down the consistency and color of your vaginal discharge. You’ll notice that it goes from white and thick the first few days after the end of your period to clear and slippery around the time you’re supposed to ovulate.

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2. I’m a 29-year-old woman and I’ve been married for 3 years already. I don’t have sex very frequently because, well, I don’t really enjoy it. A few weeks ago I’ve had sex with my husband, and he kind of… finished inside, so to speak. That happened around about 2 weeks after my period ended. Last week, I’ve noticed a few unusual symptoms that I’ve never seen before. There’s plenty of discharge coming out of my vagina. It’s extremely thin, slippery and smells a little bit musky. When I say plenty, I mean it! If I don’t change my underwear once or twice a day, my jeans get really wet. I use panty liners to avoid that. Another symptom would be constipation. My digestive tract is very proactive – I have a bowel movement every day, and it rarely happens to be later than 2 days. Now I have a BM every 4 days! I also have some kind of stomach cramps. They’re so similar to my period that I’ve put a tampon on my panties once or twice, thinking the bleeding was to start any moment. My period isn’t yet regular. Sometimes it comes as early as 20 days! What are the chances to get pregnant 2 weeks after your period, especially if your period is irregular? Also, how soon it takes to notice any symptoms?

Expert Answers:

I wouldn’t jump to conclusions yet. The symptoms you’ve described are generally common to pregnant women, but they may occur due to other reasons as well – for example, a vaginal infection.

Since your period is irregular, it’s possible to get pregnant as early as 2 weeks after it ended. That’s because you ovulate a few days earlier, and hence you head into your fertile window earlier. At this point, your best bet would be taking a pregnancy test to confirm your potential pregnancy. If it turns out negative, repeat it. If it turns out positive, schedule an appointment with your ob/gyn for blood tests. They are more efficient at detecting even the lowest amounts of hCG, so the results will be accurate.

It’s absolutely normal to experience increased vaginal discharge. This happens as a result of your estrogen levels increasing dramatically, resulting in hormonal changes that ultimately affect the amounts of discharge secreted by glands inside the vagina and uterus. Usually, the discharge is clear and slippery, just as you’ve described, and there’s little or no smell. Do you experience itching, redness or any other form of discomfort? If yes, you may want to see your doctor and investigate the cause further. Other conditions, such as an infection with HPV (Human Papillomavirus), may lead to excessive vaginal discharge and increased vulval discomfort.

Constipation is normal if you’re pregnant, so don’t worry. Avoid laxatives unless they’re absolutely necessary. Ask your doctor to prescribe you mild laxatives that won’t interfere with the development of the baby, and won’t have any significant side effects. The best time to take a home pregnancy is 10 days after your missed period, so I suggest that you wait until then to ensure that the results will be accurate. You can take a test now, but the results may be false.

Read also: Can You Get Pregnant During Your Period?

3. I’m very embarrassed and afraid to tell this to anyone, but I think I may be pregnant! I’ve just turned 19, and I’ve had sex with my boyfriend about 3 days after my period ended. It happened around one week and a half ago. We didn’t use protection, so I think there’s a very high chance to be pregnant. I’m experiencing nausea every morning, and I have these weird stomach cramps. They’re similar to my PMS, but they’re much lighter before my period is due to arrive. I’m really scared – is it possible to get pregnant right after your period? I thought you can get pregnant when you ovulate, and I certainly wasn’t ovulating 3 days after my period!

Expert Answers:

The chance to get pregnant so soon, just 3 days after your period, is very small. So small that you’ll probably want to completely forget about the whole pregnancy thing. Wait another few days before you take a pregnancy test. If possible, take a blood test as well since they’re a lot more accurate and faster as compared to urine pregnancy tests.

I think it’s too early to experience any kind of pregnancy symptoms. Nausea typically occurs after the second or even third week of pregnancy, and you say that it’s been just 1 week and a half since you’ve last had sex. If the pregnancy test turns out to be negative, go to your ob/gyn and have the issue investigated. If you’ve contracted a STD such as gonorrhea or trichomoniasis, then nausea is a common symptom. The same goes for the stomach cramps you’re experiencing. They’re common in case of an STD, so you may want to schedule an appointment with your doc and see if there’s anything wrong with you.

If it’s an STD, then you’ll probably want to let your boyfriend know about it before he spreads it to his other sexual partners. I’m assuming he must have been unfaithful to you since you can’t contract a sexually-transmitted disease otherwise. If he had the nerve to cheat on you, just dump him – he isn’t a trusty person. Make sure to use protection next time you engage in sexual intercourse to avoid contracting an STD. Also, never have sex with more than one partner, preferably a person you’ve known long enough to trust.

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4. Hello, I’m Claire. Recently I’ve had sex with my fiancé, and I think I may have gotten pregnant. It was the day after my period ended, and I knew it was safe to have sex during this period since estrogen levels are supposedly small. I haven’t experienced any pregnancy symptoms yet, but I feel pregnant. It’s a weird feeling and I’m not sure how to describe it. I just want to know how soon after your period you can get pregnant? Is it possible to get pregnant right after your period stops?

Expert Answers:

Congratulations for the initiative to contact us!

Many women start literally feeling pregnant without experiencing any significant symptoms in the beginning. It may seem scary, but it’s perfectly normal. However, I’d say you shouldn’t get very excited about this since you may as well not be pregnant.

Getting pregnant the day right after your period has ended seems too early. That’s because, during days 1-7 of your menstrual cycle, your body produces fluid-filled pockets on the ovaries, each containing 1 egg. This means there was no egg mature enough and ready to be fertilized at the time you engaged in sexual intercourse, so the chances to get pregnant so small are very slight. If your period was irregular, there was a bigger chance to get pregnant soon after your period ends, but not earlier than 7-8 days.

Since you aren’t experiencing any symptoms anyway (at least, not right now), you should wait and see if your period arrives on time. If yes, then it means no egg has been fertilized, and hence the lining of the uterus has been shed. If you start experiencing any pregnancy symptoms and you have no period, perhaps you got pregnant before the date you’re describing, probably a few days before your previous period. If this is the case, you may indeed be pregnant. Wait a few days before you take a pregnancy test. If it’s negative, wait until your next period is due to come. If it’s positive, take a blood test to confirm the pregnancy.

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