The fertile cycles in women’s bodies can all be different. Ovulation often occurs in the middle of the cycle between day 12 and day 16. Having sex in this window may result in fertilization of an egg. Whether you are trying to get pregnant or not, you may be wondering “can you get pregnant a week before your period?” If you have irregular cycles, this could be possible. Read on to learn more about the answer to this question.

Can You Get Pregnant a Week Before Your Period?

While it is remotely possible to get pregnant a week before your period, the chances are all up to how your body works. The egg and the sperm have to be in the right place at the right time, which depends on when you ovulate and have sex. Can you get pregnant before your period? Yes, you can because your body undoubtedly ovulates before period. But can you get pregnant a week before your period? It's still possible because no one knows the exact day of ovulation.

While the textbook predicted the most fertile time is most likely between days 12 and 16 of your cycle, it really depends on how long your cycle is. If you have 35-day cycle, you could actually ovulate later in the cycle. The best way to know is to find your most fertile days and have sex more frequently during, before and after the few days. You may even ask, “can you get pregnant the day before your period or while you are on your period?” Read on to see and you might just be surprised by the answer!

Ovulation and Pregnancy

When you ovulate, your ovary releases an egg to be fertilized. This usually happens right around the middle of your cycle if your periods are regular. During your cycle, about 15 to 20 follicles mature into eggs. One is released into your fallopian tube between the ovary and uterus. The egg only lives for 24 hours but the sperm can live up to 6 days. So you have a fertile window of about 6 days.

Most Fertile Time

You can predict when you will be most fertile by first keeping track of when you start your period every month and how many days between each period. You can also take note of any changes in your body during that time.

The length of your cycle is most important and the first day your period starts is the first day of your cycle. If you have a 28-day cycle, watch for ovulation signs between day 12 and 17 and around 5 days prior you will notice some changes in your body. If you have a 35-day cycle, you may show signs of ovulation around day 20 or later. The best way to determine an approximate ovulation time is to watch for the following:

  • Cervical Mucus/Discharge: Around the time of ovulation your cervical mucus will become very thin, clear and slippery like egg whites. You may notice this change when you wipe after using the restroom. If you take some between your fingers, it will stretch.

  • Lower Abdominal Pain: Some women can feel a twinge very low in the abdomen and on one side when they ovulate. You may even have a backache to one side or feel achy. It can last a short time on the day of ovulation or a few days before.

Can You Get Pregnant Right on and After Your Period?

Can You Get Pregnant On Your Period?

If you were asking, “can you get pregnant a week before your period,” you may also want to know if you can get pregnant while you are on your period. It is rare, but yes it is possible and usually occurs in women that have shorter cycles. If periods are very short and light, then ovulation may occur a little later in the cycle. While most women are fertile towards the middle of the cycle, some women ovulate later. The egg may hang around inside the tube and not yet expelled with the start of the period.

Another thing that may have occurred is that the egg was fertilized long before period started and the bleeding is actually from the egg burrowing into the uterus and not an actual period. Also, if you are on contraceptives and not using them correctly, you may have “breakthrough bleeding” from the lowering of hormones in your system and during this time you could be very fertile.

Can You Get Pregnant After Your Period?

It depends again on your cycles, but you can possibly get pregnant after your period. You may ovulate earlier in your cycle than expected or if you have a longer period that lasts up to 8 days and ovulate within just a few days after. Know that if you have sex within the week your period ends, that sperm can live up to 7 days and this definitely puts that first week after your period in the fertile window.


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  • RebeccaOct.12 20:26
    I had sex Friday and was due on Sunday I haven't come on yet?? I thought I would still come on with it been so close to me been due? I haven't long come off the implant so I dont think I will be that fertile.. Help
  • Berenice AguilarOct.5 16:54
    I had sex with my husband last week on Monday 26 and i got my period this Monday can i still get pregnant?
  • Nay1Oct.4 12:41
    I had unprotected sex a Monday night and Friday night and my period is due the following Monday and it haven't came yet and it's now Tuesday
  • AngieSep.27 02:36
    I had oral and I'm ovulating. I'm also expecting my period in a week. Does that mean I'm pregnant or does it just mean I'm ovulating.
  • PonSep.25 07:34
    I had unprotected sex about a week before my period was due and still had my period, I know that it takes 2 weeks for a pregnancy to show up and that's roughly how long it took for me to start feeling sick and tired and hot flushes. Help!?
  • DreamSep.24 04:43
    I last had sex Aug 9th I had my menses on the Aug 15th it was a regular cycle I haven't had any sexual activity since then but this month my menstrual is late almost 2 weeks. Is it possible to be pregnant or I'm freaking out ? I have horrible migraine nausea everyday and tender breast for the past 3 weeks I'm super emotional for no reason uncontrollably and weird cravings not in my typical diet. Anyone with a similar experience?
  • tiahigleyxxSep.15 09:35
    hi, ive recently lost my v and im worried i may be pregnant because i have recenlt been getting cramps and sore breasts but im meant to be comiing on my period in a weeks time so im not sure and i really dont know what to do if i am because i am young x
  • Princess Sep.5 20:46
    I had sex with my boyfriend last nignt and I'm suppose to be getting my period September 14th . Could I be pregnant ?
  • oratilwekethandyAug.29 19:57
    I don't understand this ovulation thing me and my boyfriend are planing to have a baby...We had sex 6 days before my periods starts is it possible for me to fall pregnant?
  • NthabiAug.28 09:40
    Last month my period cycle started on the 31st-5th, then this month it started on the 27th. I had unprotected sex with my hubby 7 days before my period, can I get pregnant??
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