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Can I get pregnant right after my menstrual cycle ends?

If I have unprotected sex immediately following my menstrual cycle, can I still get pregnant? My period just ended a few days ago, and I'm wondering if I could get pregnant?


Mark Carlson | Obstetrician

Mark Carlson

Usually ovulation occurs anywhere from a week to 10 days after the last day of your period, depending on how long your menstrual cycle lasts.

Sperm can live for about 48 hours, so this can also be incorporated into the equation.

If you suspect that you are pregnant, it is critical to your baby's health that you take care of yourself. All the fetus' major organs and body systems are forming. The eyes, ears, and nose develop, and the limbs fully form. This is also the most vulnerable time for the fetus. Major organs and body systems can be damaged if exposed to drugs, radiation, tobacco, and chemical and toxic substances.

ParentSavvy offers tips on how to plan a pregnancy which list habits you will want to adopt.

The signs of pregnancy vary from woman to woman. Home pregnancy tests may predict a pregnancy, which can be confirmed by a visit to your physician.

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