I had sex with my boyfriend 2 days after my period ended. When he pulled out, the condom slipped off. I didn’t ovulate until about 14 days after…

…I can tell I had already ovulated but I am 7 days late. How high are my chances of being pregnant?

Unless you are practicing the natural family planning method, it can be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to know when exactly you are ovulating.

With that being said, it’s important to say that pregnancy is possible whenever semen comes in contact with the vagina. If you are having unprotected sex, even if you are on your period, there is a risk for pregnancy. The length of time between the beginning of menstruation and ovulation can vary from month to month based upon a person’s hormonal balance.  In some people, ovulation can occur before menstrual bleeding has stopped, allowing that person to be fertile during their period.

Did you know that sperm can also survive inside a person’s body for up to 5 days under normal conditions?  If a person ovulates several days after bleeding has stopped, they may become pregnant from sperm left in the vaginal canal during intercourse.  Many people may also experience bleeding during ovulation, which can be mistaken for menstruation.  The best way to avoid pregnancy is to use forms of birth control consistently and correctly.

The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a pregnancy test! Teen Clinic offers free or low-cost pregnancy tests. Call 303-442-5160 to make an appointment! And keep up the great work on knowing your body and taking control of you sexual health!

For birth control options, check out our pages on Prevention Methods or call Teen Clinic at 303.442.5160 for a personalized consult!