Myth 5: You Can’t Get Pregnant on Your Period

Today’s myth is one of my favourites… and the perpetuation of this myth is actually the reason why I’m on this Earth at all (Hi, Mom!)

The myth: You can’t get pregnant on your period.

The truth: It’s uncommon, but it does happen (hence me) for two reasons.

First, in short cycles, women ovulate early in the cycle. When this happens, cervical mucus may be present during days of menstruation and can keep sperm alive in a woman’s body for up to 5 days giving the sperm time to wait for the possible event of an early ovulation.
And second, it is possible to have bleeding or spotting at other times during the cycle and these can coincide with ovulation.

So the take-away today, times of bleeding isn’t a fool-proof time for unprotectected sex if you’re trying to avoid.

Happy cycling, friends!

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