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Can Period Sex Lead to Pregnancy?

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The question:

Welcome to The V Files, where we uncover the truth behind myths (or facts) that float around the world of vaginal health and wellness. For a long time, I  always thought that you could not get pregnant on your period and that it was a good time to get a little risk-ay in the sheets (or wherever you like to get down). We are going to open this V File and delve into the ins and outs of period sex and what that can mean for you. So, can period sex lead to pregnancy?

The answer:

For all the period sex lovers, I hate to burst your bubble, but the answer is yes. BUT the chance of this happening is actually pretty slim. Let me explain why. 

The deets:

After having sex, sperm actually have the ability to survive in your reproductive system for up to 5 days. With that in mind, it all depends on timing. The first thing to think about is how long your cycle is. Some people have shorter cycles than others which means that they start ovulating sooner, as well. The second thing to think about is what time during your cycle you are having unprotected sex. You are more likely to conceive if you have intercourse at the tail end of your cycle and if the window between the end of your period and start of your ovulation is shorter. 

The solution:

Even though the chances of becoming pregnant after having sex during your period are extremely minuscule, it’s always better to stay on the side of caution, just in case ;). Using a form of birth control will lower your chances even more, whether that be birth control pills or a condom that you have on hand. We actually have a whole list of birth control options here if you want to see what will work best for you! Another good thing to keep in mind is how to keep yourself protected from STDs. Using a type of condom is a great way to achieve this. If you are not interested in using physical birth control, the next best option is to be aware of your fertility window, also known as the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). Try to figure out how long your period and ovulation cycles last so you can be aware of the best time to have unprotected sex and have the lowest chance of conceiving. Tbh, everyone’s cycle is a little different and it’s super helpful to know how your cycle works for when you actually want to get pregnant or just want to prepare yourself for when Mother Nature comes knocking. A period tracking app can help a ton with this!

In conclusion, you CAN get pregnant after having period sex but the chances are extremely low. If you want absolutely no chance for pregnancy, it’s better to just use protection, too. Whether you like to get down while you are on your period or not, it’s always good to know the risks. This V File is closed!

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Written by Emily Munroe