Can You Get Pregnant Just Before Your Period?
Medikoe Health Expert
Koramangala, bengaluru, karnataka, india, Bengaluru Feb 9, 2017
Getting pregnant depends on two factors: the availability of the egg and the availability of the sperm. And if you had sex before your period or after or whenever, there is always a possibility of getting pregnant.
The state of ovulation:
It is highly unlikely that a day or two before your period, the egg will still be available for fertilization. However, the chances are never nil. The cycle of menstruation varies among all women and varies each and every month, which makes it hard to know the exact time or date of ovulation.
Normally the ovulation occurs on the 14th day of the cycle for women who have 28 days of menstrual cycle and it happens earlier or later if the cycle is smaller or longer respectively. But you must also keep in mind that the day of ovulation can also get altered each month which makes it all the more unpredictable.
The availability of egg and sperm:
An egg is available for fertilization for approximately a day from the point of ovulation. While a sperm can stay for upto five (and rarely even seven) days inside a woman’s body. Only if both are available to fuse, pregnancy can happen, else not.
The chances of egg being still active and available for your periods are almost zero, as lot of days would have been passed since ovulation.
Can you still get pregnant?
To sum it up simply, there is almost zero chance of you getting pregnant by having unprotected sex just before your periods. But there’s a catch in it i.e. if you thought that your periods are about to start but it does not (the cycle takes a long turn this time), and the ovulation happened later than expected, then you may become pregnant.
People have reported getting pregnant by having sex just before their periods, and however unlikely it may be, there always a risk.