Can You Get Pregnant on Your Period? Important Facts about Ovulation You Need to Know
Can you get pregnant on your period?
I am sharing this story with express permission from my friend who shared it with me in confidence. The reason I do so is so a lot of women can learn from it and make adjustments if they happen to find themselves in a similar situation.
Here how the story goes (all names and locations have been changed).
A friend of mine, Susan called me on phone a few years back to share her struggles with infertility. She’d been married four years, but was yet to have a child.
She and her hubby had tried as many fertility clinics as they knew (some based on referrals and a few they got to know about via advertisement), still no positive result was forthcoming.
Finally, they were referred to yet another renown expert in fertility and she was able to convince her reluctant husband (who had given up on fertility clinics) to try one more time.
Finally, they got to the fertility clinic and a series of tests were conducted. Again. The result came out as usual but this time around, it was shocking.
While they had both been given a clean bill of health in previous fertility clinics and told to keep trying and be hopeful, this new clinic was able to pick up a hidden problem, one that had remained so for so long. The problem?- turned out my friend ovulated at the wrong time.
She ovulates each month like every other woman, however, unlike a lot of women, she ovulate when she’s on her period.
Some Quick Facts about Ovulation
1.Ovulation is a process where your body releases a fertile egg each month to be fertilized by a sperm.
2.The egg released has a very short life span, living for just 12-24 hours, after which it gets absorbed into the lining of the uterus (when not fertilized) and expelled from the womb. However, because sperm can survive in the uterus for 3-5 days, there’s a high chance of fertilization taking place if sexual intercourse took place some days prior to ovulation or on the ovulation day itself.
3.Ovulation occurs around the 11th to 14th day of your cycle or two weeks before your next period begins.
4.You can usually tell when you’re ovulating, from your body releasing a creamy, white mucus that thickens as your fertility increased, to you experiencing a kind of pain at the side of your abdomen releasing the egg. This pain, called mittelschmerz or middle pain, typically lasts for a day and usually doesn’t interference with your daily activities. In cases where it does, a pain-killer usually is all you need to alleviate the pain.
5.Unlike men that produce sperm as they go, as a woman you get born with all the eggs you’ll need in your lifetime, abut 1-2 million eggs per ovary. These eggs are immature ovaries, but as you attain puberty your body starts to release one of these eggs (which matures every month) to be fertilized.
6.During this time, the egg travels down to your fallopian tubes and your uterine lining also thickens as it prepares to house the baby that will be resulted from the fertilized egg. When this doesn’t happen, it sheds and leaves your body as menstruation each month.
7.Ovulation occurs halfway through your menstrual cycle, which means if you have a cycle that runs for 30 days, you are likely to ovulate on the 15th day and 14th day if you run a 28-day cycle. Menstrual cycles vary in duration and could be as short as 21 days or as long as 40 days.
8.There are various signs that tell a woman is ovulating from the body releasing light to thick mucus some days leading up to the period, to your basal body temperature rising slightly during this time.
9.Originally every woman has two ovaries, one on each side of your abdomen and each month a mature egg is released from one of these ovaries. Some women can usually tell they ovulate as they experience a slight pain on the side releasing the mature egg for that month.
10.Your voice could actually get higher when you ovulate and some women have been known to put more effort into looking more feminine during this time.
11.Women are also known to get attracted to more masculine men when they ovulate.
12.Your sense of smell also gets heightened during this time.
13.There are women who release more than one mature egg each month.
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14.If the released egg gets fertilised, it makes its way from the fallopian tube where the fertilization took place to implant in the lining of your uterus (which become thick in preparation for this), a journey that could take between 5-10 days.
Ovulating During Your Period
As earlier said, ordinarily a woman ovulates halfway through her monthly cycle. However, it is possible to ovulate while on your period or just a few days after it. This happens when a woman has an irregular cycle due to hormonal imbalance or a really short cycle. If a woman’s cycle is all ‘messed’ up it’s possible to get pregnant while still on.
My friend falls into this category of women who ovulate while bleeding and when this was discovered, she had to take the only available course of action open to her; have sex during her period.
It was no small feat convincing her husband to this but, thankfully she was able to and went on to conceive after years of infertility.
From research it has been established it is very possible for a woman to get pregnant on her period if she’s ovulating simultaneously. Every woman should therefore, know when she ovulates. Since there are a few ways of tracking ovulation, you might want to find out one which is simple for you to calculate and remember.
Women with infertility issues who have tried a number of fertility treatments without success might want to look into their ovulation cycle to rule out ovulation abnormalities. Finding out exactly when you ovulate could make a lot of difference in your conception journey.
Women also looking to avoid pregnancies should especially know when they ovulate as this knowledge will come in handy to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
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