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Kandice
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Lately I have had multiple people tell me a period is possible during pregnancy. While I understand this & have read through the articles (was unsure of the amount of blood would cancel out pregnancy)

Is it possible to have a full blown period if you're pregnant? The amount of blood I have had in my periods is 2+ super tampons a day. It's a lot of blood. Not super light like implantation bleeding or anything.

Reason I ask is because I had used a condom beginning & end of January. However, there were two breaking/slipping incidents that happened. BOTH incidents, he never came. It was strictly during and w/ possible pre-cum (had peed prior)

So this has led me to worry a bit. I have had two periods since then that were normal, heavy to light, then back to heavy again (my normal cycle)
So is there a risk for me? Only think I have noticed lately is my stomach feels bloaty & I have had a lot of headaches. But other than that, my cycle has been heavy as usual. Can you bleed heavily during pregnancy? Or am I safe?

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Robin Lee
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Hi Kandice,

No, it's not possible to have a period during pregnancy, as a period is what we call the bleeding that's part of a menstrual cycle, and the menstrual cycle stops when pregnancy begins.

Some people do experience bleeding during pregnancy, but the bleeding is for other reasons.

Yes, you're right; If there was the amount of bleeding that there is during a period during pregnancy that wouldn't make a pregnancy possible. A period completely sheds the uterine lining, and the uterine lining is what is needed during pregnancy.

Plus, someone experiencing bleeding during pregnancy is unlikely to experience it at the same time and for the same duration as they experience their periods; again, because the menstrual cycle has stopped.

So, having two periods since the sexual activity you're concerned about is really a great sign that you're not pregnant, but the only way to really know, rather than analyzing the amount of blood that comes out with your period, is to take a pregnancy test. [Smile]

So, if you're still feeling worried about this, that would be your next step.

Would you like to also talk about birth control methods you can use in addition to condoms? Using two methods reduces risk further, and acts as insurance should one method be compromised, such as with a condom breaking.

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Robin

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