The reality is there is a relatively short window during a woman's cycle that she can get pregnant whether or not she's on birth control or actively trying. Of course, every woman is different, as are her monthly cycles, so it's never a sure bet to say that there's any week or day when you absolutely cannot get pregnant so always use protection if you're not trying to conceive.
If you're wondering which occasions make for the least likely opportunity to conceive, however, here are some expert-stamped scenarios where your chances are low. You're on birth control If you're on birth control , be it the pill, patch, ring, implant, IUD, or the shot Depo-Provera , and you're following all instructions, your chances of getting pregnant are less than 1 percent.
Even if you're committed to taking your birth control, you still have to be careful, since traditional pill packs typically contain days of sugar pills that do not contain hormones, and, in some women, days without exposure to hormones may be long enough to allow for recruitment of a mature egg. You have your period While it's not totally impossible to get pregnant while Aunt Flo is in town , your chances are pretty darn slim. If you consider what's actually happening inside your body while you're on your period, you can understand it a bit better: The egg that was growing inside your ovaries and waiting to be fertilized wasn't and, as a result, your uterine lining sheds this is the "blood" that's released and prepares to grow new follicles aka eggs for your next cycle.
In other words, the egg that was viable for fertilization has now been flushed along with your period. The exception, however, is if you have particularly short cycles.
You use the "pull out" method This old-school method of preventing pregnancy is a far cry from a myth. No, it's not foolproof and it can certainly result in pregnancy, but it does significantly decrease your chances of getting pregnant.
In case you need a refresher course on the pull-out method, it involves the male partner pulling out of the vagina before he ejaculates. The problem, however, is that pre-ejaculate, or precum, the bodily fluid that's released from the penis before an actual ejaculation, very well may contain active and viable sperm. Additionally, Mark Trolice, M.
With perfect condom use every single time, those odds decrease to 2 percent, according to Planned Parenthood. Correct usage means the condom is rolled onto the male partner's penis before there's any contact between genitals and skin see the above note on the potential potency of pre-cum.
There are ways to make rubbers even more effective, though: You're breastfeeding If you haven't had a period after giving birth, especially if you're breastfeeding, it's actually unlikely that you can become pregnant. Without a period, you will not ovulate regularly so it is less likely, though certainly not impossible ever heard of Irish twins?
Pinpointing Fertile Days You're over 44 Thanks to that good-old biological clock that has hardly changed its tickers since the dawn of time, women's chances of getting pregnant wane over time. While we're born with some million eggs, there's only about , left by the time we get our first period and only about 25, by the time we're in our late 30s.
This means that a woman's chances of becoming pregnant in her early 40s are pretty slim, though it's by no means impossible. Ross, women over the age of 44 have a less than 5 percent chance of getting pregnant each month.