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Alzoblossomxx
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Just want to ask a question, as I've heard a lot of conflicting stuff.
If you've had sex or whatever, then get a period, I've always believed that means you're not pregnant.
However I've seen stuff where people say that's not an exact way to tell if you're not pregnant, but surely you can't have a menstrual cycle if you're pregnant?
So basically what I'm asking is, if you have a period, is that a clear sign you're not pregnant or can you still be pregnant and have a period?

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Robin Lee
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You're correct. YOu can't have a menstrual cycle if you're pregnant. Some people do experience bleeding during early pregnancy for other reasons, but it's rare for that bleeding to resemble a period in that it generally won't come at a time whne one is expecting one's period, or behave the way one expects their period to behave.

Of course, using birth control of some sort can also reduce the likelihood of pregnancy, sometimes by a great deal, and taking a home pregnancy test is an option if one still feels unsure. In general though, yes, if one gets one's period, one can be pretty darn sure one isn't pregnant.

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Alzoblossomxx
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Yeah I thought so, I read a girl saying she had unprotected sex and had her period 3 weeks later, only 3 days late and she was usually irregular. She then had like a million replies saying "my mum" or "my sister" or whatever "had her period all through pregnancy" but as you said, I was only familiar with light spotting during pregnancy not full on bleeding, just wondered where that came from!
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Robin Lee
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I'm sorry...you're wondering where the bleeding came from, or the belief that it's a period?

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The belief that its a period? Surely people would know you can't have both
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I'm not sure if people think about it that hard. Plus, a lot of folks really are in the dark about how human reproduction, including menstrual cycles, works.

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