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How many days after your periods can you get pregnant?
03 Mar 2022
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We all are aware of pregnancy and periods as two different terms and we all have talked about it in our lives at some point but there are evident uncertainties on these topics. So how far do we all know about the menstrual cycle?

What if we said most of us know very little about the inevitable relation between sex, periods, timing, and pregnancy? 

Knowing about the menstrual cycle helps everyone to understand when a woman is most likely to conceive and clears myths and doubts regarding pregnancy.

Factors that influences pregnancy

Some of the major factors that could influence conceiving are age, healthy lifestyle, genetics, food habits, and sexual intercourse at the right time. The time at which sexual intercourse happens so that male and female reproductive gametes meet at the right time when the female body is ready to conceive.

The right time for sex is important so the gametes get fertilized and it directly leads to pregnancy. Fertilization is the only process here that helps when it comes to pregnancy. So you should have proper awareness of different phases and periods.

What are the different phases of periods?

There are different phases for menstruation in women. Remember the time we studied female anatomy in our classes?

Yes, that has come in handy. The main phases of a women’s menstrual period are:-

  1. Menstrual phase

It is the elimination of thickened lining, blood, cells from the uterus through the vagina. The average length of a period is between 3 to 7 days. Neither fertilization nor pregnancy takes place in this phase.

  1. Follicular phase

In this phase maturation of new ovarian follicles (female sex gamete)  begins and prepares to release during ovulation. The follicular phase starts on the first day of menstruation. This phase lasts between 10 – 22 days on average.

  1. Ovulation phase

Ovulation is the release of the mature egg from the ovary. One is most likely to conceive only in this phase of the cycle. It is the most fertile time of the whole menstrual cycle. Ovulation usually happens about 13 – 15 days before the start of the next period.

  1. Luteal phase

If pregnancy does not occur this is the phase where the gamete withers and dies. It takes place around 22 to 28 days of the menstrual cycle.

The follicular phase, Luteal phases, and menstrual phase are where female reproductive gametes are being developed and prepared to be expelled from the female body. The phase-in between named Ovulation phase is when the female gamete is fully developed and travels through the fallopian tube to be fertilized. It is most likely a period in the menstrual cycle when one can get pregnant.

The fertility window

The fertility window is the days in a woman’s menstrual cycle when pregnancy is possible. The ‘fertile window’ depends on the length of the menstrual cycle, which varies among women.

This period is when an egg is released from the ovary (ovulation) and the five days before the release. Having sex (intercourse) during this time gives you the best chance of getting pregnant.

The days you have higher chances to conceive. The “fertility window” is 12 – 14 days before your next period starts. This time has the highest probability of pregnancy.

So if you are planning to conceive a baby track your periods and have sex at the rightest time. If it still doesn’t go as planned you can always get help from an expert and get adequate support.

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