Is there a high risk of pregnancy a number of days before your period or after? And when articles say count from your period, does that mean from the first day or the last day of your period? Im just a little confused when to count and how many days for menstruation. Please help me the best you can. THANK YOU!!!
Especially when you're younger, EVERY day puts you at a high risk for pregnancy if you have unprotected sex. You can't know for sure when you are at the highest risk for pregnancy unless you're charting ovulation by checking your cervical mucus and basal body temperature (and that takes a LOT of diligence and practice), and even then it's possible for a woman to ovulate twice in one month.
To answer your second question, when you're counting your cycle, you count from the first day of mesntruation to your next first day of menstruation.
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Are you worried that you have a pregnancy risk?
Pregnancy risk is high any time you have unprotected sex, but you're most fertile in the 10 days after the last day of your period.
Say your cycle lasts 25 days. Your period starts on day 1, ends on day 5. From day 6-8, you're fertile, because sperm can survive in your body from this point until you ovulate. Ovulation happens when your egg is released. From day 9-13, you are REALLY fertile. Your risk is highest because you will ovulate somewhere within that five day window.
You are still fertile for days 14 and 15, because there's a slight chance you ovulated late.
You're least fertile from days 16-25, but you can STILL get pregnant... this means that the chances of getting pregnant are lower, but they still exist.
Most of the time, "count from your period" should mean the first day of your period (which is also the first day of your cycle.) It depends on who's writing the article.
Remember to always use birth control - pills, condoms, or both - and use it correctly.
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