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oOo Lea oOo
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I was just curious, I know it probably depends on the woman, and I'm sure it varies woman to woman, but is there a specific time when a woman (either during, before, or after her period) is less likely to become pregnant, or more likely to become pregnant. Is there a time (either during, before, or after a period) when pregnancy is a minute risk, and is there a time (either during, before, or after a period) when pregnancy is more of a risk? Does this make sense? *(sorry if confusing)*

I guess what I am asking is: When is a woman more fertile (during, before, or after her period)?

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We can only speak in averages and generalities on this. So understand that what I'm about to explain is just that: different women's fertility cycles differ, and some women are now said to ovulate more than once each cycle sometimes, so.

On average, most women are most fertile mid-cycle: from a few to several days after their period ends to about two weeks before their next period. On average, most women are least fertile in the latter half of each cycle.


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Just incase this is an obvious answer, I am sorry, but is that the same with women who have irregular cycles? I know that I do not have the most regular cycle (I guess that is because of stress) I mean nothing is wrong, but would that apply to me as well considering that I am irregular for the most part?

*I would like to add - How can I find out when I am the most fertile? The reason of my curiousity is because I often find myself worrying whether or not I am able to become pregnant. Even though we use protection (bc and condoms), I still worry that accidents do happen. So if I knew if I were fertile at a specific or If I am not at another time in my cycle, then I wouldn't have to stress as much about it in certain times, and It would be more enjoyable for me.

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Well, if you're on hormonal birth control, then your cycles are completely different -- women using the pill/patch/ring/shot don't have the same type of menstrual cycle that women who aren't on it do. You can see a comparison between the two cycles at How The Pill Works (part of a PBS documentary).

If you're not on hormonal birth control, you can find out how your cycles work by charting them. This involves keeping track of the dates of your periods, and also using basal body temperature readings and cervical mucus consistency to track the changes in your body over time. You record this information on a calendar, and over time you can get a picture of when you are most fertile. Women who are trying to become pregnant often use this method -- if you google for "natural family planning" or "charting cycles" you can find a lot more information.


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