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So, you can't get pregnant if you have unprotected sex while on your period, right? Because the bleeding is the flushing out from not getting pregnant... I was always under the impression until yesterday when I said it, then it got me thinking that I could be wrong. Anyone answer this for me?
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The rule of thumb is that a contraceptive method must always be used if you wish to avoid pregnancy, regardless of the time in your cycle. While the risk is LOWER during your period, it's still very much there. Young women can ovulate at unpredicatable times, and sperm can hang out for 5 days waiting for it to happen.

You'd do best to call your local family planning clinic and ask the staff if they believe the situation warrants EC, and if so, arrange to get it.

(Looks like I misunderstood the sitch in that this wasn't something that happened. Oops!)

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No, not right.

It generally, for most women, is less LIKELY that they will become pregnant from a risk while menstruating (because a majority don't ovulate early enough afterwards for sperm to still be hanging around), but it is not impossible, given some women ovulate shortly after menstruation, and that while the pH of menses isn't all that hospitable to sperm, it's not totally INhospitable either, and menses doesn't flow in such a force so as to "flush" out sperm.

When you menstruate, it's because you did not become pregnant the cycle before: not in the new cycle which beings with menstruation.

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Well that sucks.
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