Can I get pregnant immediately after the end of the month?
Can I get pregnant immediately after menstruation? This question concerns many women, especially the very young, using the calendar method as a contraceptive method. Let’s see.
Phases of the menstrual cycle
The menstrual cycle consists of three phases: follicular, ovulatory and luteal. The first and third phases are approximately equal in duration to each other. The ovulatory phase is between them and lasts no more than 1-2 days. And it is in this phase that conception can take place.
From phase to phase, changes occur in the endometrium of the uterus and in the ovaries. In the first half of the menstrual cycle, the dominant follicle grows, from which an egg ready for fertilization will later emerge. In the second half of the cycle, the woman’s body creates favorable conditions for the introduction of a fertilized egg into the uterus wall and its development (if conception occurred, of course). Thus, the answer to the question: can I get pregnant after menstruation will most likely not.
But the answer is “no, you can not get pregnant” is not categorical, in some cases, conception is possible and at the time, it would seem impossible for him. This is confirmed by the experience of so many women who are protected by the calendar method.
For example, it is possible for a woman who has a very short menstrual cycle (less than 25 days) to get pregnant immediately after her period, and her period is quite long (about 7 days or more). Thus, already on the 10th day, 3 days after the end of menstruation, ovulation and conception can occur, respectively. Whereas with the classical menstrual cycle at 28-30 days, ovulation occurs at 14-16 days. The so-called daub does not prevent sperm from getting into the uterus at all, and in the uterus itself, the endometrium can actively grow to receive a fertilized egg.
Another fact, which even more confirms that it is possible to get pregnant after menstruation is an extraordinary “vitality” of sperm. If a woman has mucus discharged by the cervix does not have a detrimental effect (sometimes it happens) on spermatozoa, and the sperm contains a large number of “zhivchikov”, it is quite possible that several of them will live in the genital tract up to 7 days! So, even with the usual 28-day cycle, you can become pregnant if sexual intercourse took place immediately after the menstrual period – on the 7th or 6th day. But, it should be noted that such cases are quite rare, given the lifestyle of modern men and their reproductive health, respectively.
Pro calendar method and contraception
Our mothers and grandmothers were probably actively using the calendar method as a contraceptive. But then there were other times, they simply had no choice. Condoms and vaginal caps, and oral contraceptives, characterized by a very high content of hormones, leading to dangerous consequences for the body. But times have changed, and women continue to calculate dangerous days. However, for some categories of women it can be useful. Let’s see for what.
Firstly, there are a number of women who, for medical reasons, cannot use hormonal and intrauterine contraception, the other contraceptives do not have 100% effectiveness. Another category of women – nursing women. If there is no possibility or desire to put a spiral, then there are only not very reliable oral contraceptives allowed for nursing mothers and containing only one hormone – a gestagen, a condom or spermicides. In principle, if a woman feeds a child at least once every 3 hours (and at night too), then you can get pregnant even in the absence of periods, but the probability is not so high. And for safety measures for women who have already normalized the cycle after delivery, you can use the calendar method + various methods for determining ovulation (measurement of basal temperature, tests, etc.).
All women would like to wish to be more attentive to their health and, in the absence of the desire to have a child, not to risk their physical and mental health by doing abortions, but to be protected by reliable contraceptives, regardless of the day of the menstrual cycle.