Can You Get Pregnant Right After Your Period?

Team Peanut10 months ago4 min read

Right. For ten thousand points: can you get pregnant right after your period?

Can you get pregnant right after your period?

The short answer? While not likely (you typically still have to wait a bit for the ovulation process to kick in), it’s entirely possible.

If you’re trying to conceive, the answer to the question when is a woman most fertile? might feel like it’s taking up a whole lot of real estate in your mind. So to help you get to the bottom of this and other bewildering questions, how about a quick Q&A?

The “can you get pregnant right after your period?” Q&A

Question: When can a woman get pregnant?

Answer: The funny thing is, for all the procreating we do as a species – it must be fun or something – women can only get pregnant during a pretty small chapter of every month. The fertility window, as it’s called, is a small one.

So if you’re wanting to know if you can get pregnant after your period, yes you can, but typically a few weeks after. The fertility cycle is about 6-10 days in most women. If you’re the cookie-cutter textbook 28-day regular cycle case, this would be around Days 10-17 of your cycle.

That’s why many couples land up getting a fantastic toolkit of calendars and clocks – and sometimes even cancelling important engagements – to, well, get their preggo on.

But of course, in the chimeric world of what is typical, very little is. In fact, in only about 30% of women is the fertile window entirely within the days set out by the clinical guidelines.

Onto the next question:

Question: How many days after your period do you ovulate?

Answer: This is a hard one to answer because periods – and the cycles of which they’re a part – are all of different lengths. A general rule of thumb is that you will ovulate 10 to 14 days before your next period. (Remember the part about your period being the going away party for an unfertilized egg? Yup. That’s how long the egg gets to stick around for until it is not so politely asked to leave.)

If you’re wanting to conceive, it might be a good idea to start tracking your monthly rhythms so that you can feel a little more in the driver’s seat of all of your bodily shenanigans.

Question: Can you get pregnant on your period?

Answer: While you can generally consider this a pretty safe zone, surprises of all sorts find their ways into the fertility story.

It’s a little something like this. Remember playing tag as a kid? (Bear with us.) Well, in this popular children’s game, there is typically a safe zone, or “den”, where, as a player, you’re free from being tagged. Sure, this space is safe. But remember: there’s always that one “it” who doesn’t play by the rules and tags you anyway.

The most important thing to remember: sperm can survive in the body for up to 7 days after you have sex. So if you ovulate early or have a naturally short cycle, it’s possible.

Because life’s like that sometimes.

In summary:

  • There’s a window of fertility, and usually your period likes to hang out in other parts of the month.
  • Tracking your own unique cycle may be useful if you’re looking to conceive.
  • If you’re looking to stay as far away from conceiving as possible, your period may present a safer zone, but safer is by no means totally safe and should be treated accordingly.

Good luck with your very unique journey with your very unique body, and remember to reach out to the community on Peanut for support and advice along the way.

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