Many women often wonder if they can pregnant if they have intercourse during their menstrual cycle. This goes to show that not many are aware about the relationship between a menstrual cycle and conception. By understanding and being aware about information in this area, women can have better control over planning their pregnancy.
These 5 facts about menstrual cycle and conception might be a good place to start:
- What is a Normal period?
On an average, a menstruation cycle lasts for 28 to 32 days and can vary from one month to another. No two women have similar cycles and a delay of few days is common and natural. But if you’re worried, see your doctor after a delay of a week since the due date of your period.
- Conception is possible with Irregular Periods
Irregular periods do not mean infertility. It only indicates that women with irregular periods may find it difficult to conceive. Under normal circumstances, a woman with a regular period cycle of 28 days is expected to ovulate on the 14th day of her cycle. Someone who has a 35 to 42-day cycle is likely to ovulate less frequently. If you have irregular periods, talk to your doctor to discuss your cycle and any other concerns that you may have.
- Pregnancy During Periods
Although extremely rare, there are some chances of getting pregnant during your periods. It is possible in cases when a woman has a shorter than average cycle, for example, 21 days. In such a case, she may ovulate on day 7 and if she has had intercourse on day 5, there may be chances of getting pregnant. Sperms can survive three to five days inside a woman’s fallopian tubes and may be present when she ovulates.
- Implantation Bleeding is different from Menstrual Cycle
A woman cannot get pregnant when she’s bleeding. There is a difference between implantation bleeding and menstrual bleeding. When the embryo embeds itself in the walls of uterus after seven days of conception, there is likely to be some spotting. Implantation bleeding is lighter than normal bleeding and has a shorter duration. If you’re unsure, pregnancy test can help you know for sure.
- Birth Control Pills do not affect Fertility
Hormonal birth control pills do not affect a woman’s fertility. In most cases, women start ovulating within three months of stopping their contraceptive pills. In fact, pills can help keep menstrual cycle regular and aid in calculating the days on which you ovulate. However, if you’re planning to conceive, talk to your doctor about stopping your birth control pills.
Understanding about menstruation can help you while you’re trying to conceive. Reading up about the facts related to pregnancy, ovulation, menstrual cycle and external factors like stress and diet can help your conception. To know more about conception, meet our experts at KIMS Cuddles.
*The opinions expressed in this article are not to be substituted for medical advice under any circumstance