I’m on my period – can I get pregnant?
It is possible to get pregnant on my period? – yes, if you are not using any form of contraception. On average a young couple who have sex have a 15–20% chance of getting pregnant. It is important to remember you can get pregnant if the man's sperm is able to reach the egg to fertilise it.
Isn’t it possible to plan sex and your period so you don’t get pregnant? – yes, natural family planning methods such as the rhythm method, if followed properly, can be up to 99% effective, but it is much less effective in practice. It works by avoiding sex to prevent pregnancy or use barrier contraception such as condoms when a female is fertile. There are apps which can help you to follow your natural cycle, so you are able to work out when you are most fertile.
If I’m on my period doesn’t that mean there’s no egg in my womb? – yes, but remember that sperm can survive up to 6 days inside the female body. All pregnancies can be associated with a six-day period in their cycle – so having intercourse within this time can result in pregnancy. The sixth day is the end of the period and the day of ovulation. The length of time sperm can survive in the human body means you could be at risk of pregnancy even if you are on your period.