April 17, 2021

You can have sex during your periods, AKA period sex. However, some women don't condone period sex because they think it’s messy and gross, but it’s actually healthy. 

The Myth and the Misconception

Every society has a way with rumors. For a very long time, it was believed women cannot get pregnant during their periods. However, this rumor is unsubstantiated because although the probability of a woman conceiving during her periods is low, it does not mean she cannot get pregnant. This article aims to inform you about all the particularities of how you can get pregnant and how you can evade pregnancy during your period. 

How does pregnancy occur?

Conception is a mystery. It occurs in three simple steps.

1. Ovulation 

Ovulation is the process by which an ovary releases an egg and menstruation hormones facilitate its maturity.  

2. Fertilization

Fertilization occurs when the male sperm comes together with the female egg. This is when pregnancy begins.

3. Implantation

Implantation is the process where the fertilized egg implants itself on the uterine walls.

How can you get pregnant during your period?

It’s a fact that women can become pregnant during their periods if they have unprotected sex. However, the probability that they’ll get pregnant is a factor of their ovulation cycle. Most women have a 29-day monthly cycle. Others have up to 40 days and in extreme cases even more. Your cycle is a big determinant to whether or not you will get pregnant during your periods. For example, the probability that a woman will get pregnant during day 1 or day 2 of her period is absolutely zero. This probability rises as the number of days during her period increase.  

Another factor that increases the probability of a woman getting pregnant during her period is that the male sperm remains viable in the female reproductive organs for up to seven days after an ejaculation. Therefore, this increases the chances of a woman getting pregnant if they have sex during the last days of her periods.

How can you avoid getting pregnant during your period?

It’s absolutely possible to have sex during your periods and not get pregnant. How? Take proper precautions. If you want to have sex during your periods but you’re not ready to conceive, ensure that you use appropriate protection. Just to mention but a few, you can use a condom or take birth control pills. Even though both methods will do the trick, wearing a condom is safer than taking birth control pills. Why? Because it prevents you from contracting sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, herpes, or syphilis. This is not the case when you take birth control pills.

Note that women can avoid pregnancy during inactive pill days by taking Placebo pills.


It’s possible to get pregnant during your periods. So if you’re not planning on conceiving, you can avoid pregnancy during your periods by using birth control methods. Also, you must take proper precautions and be careful because most of the birth control methods are not 100% effective. For example, a condom can easily break during sex and this could lead to pregnancy.