I had my period on the 3rd, and had unprotected sex on the 5th….

…..can I become pregnant or not since I was on my period?

Great question!

Many people believe pregnancy cannot happen during a period, but that is actually not true!

It is important to say that pregnancy is possible whenever sperm comes into contact with the vagina. Also, pregnancy depends on ovulation- the process in which an egg is released. Ovulation can happen at any time during someone’s period, making pregnancy possible during, before,and after the period.

Unless you are practicing the natural family planning method, it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible to know when exactly you are ovulating. This means that even if you keep a period calendar, you need to be also keeping track of ovulation by doing things like taking your temperature and checking your cervical mucus daily. This method is often used after consulting a doctor. A doctor would advise you on how to correctly use this method.

The best way to reduce the risk of pregnancy is to use forms of birth control consistently and correctly. Most forms of birth control can be up to 99% effective when used correctly. Remember, birth control does not reduce the risk of STIs, only condoms and dental dams can.

 Teen Clinic offers all different types of birth control. Call us at 303-442-5160 if you have more questions or want to make an appointment!