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SailorTsukino
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say you have a 28 day cycle
and sperm can last 5 days in the vagina
if you have sex 4 days before your period is due does it mean that that period wouldnt rule out a pregnancy at all? or would it still rule it out?
don't the hormones have to be at a certain level to stop a period or something ?
we are using condoms, but i've been getting contradicting info on this and i want a bit of knowledge:P

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Heather
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If this situation occurred and you got your period, one could say pretty solidly a pregnancy did not occur, and it'd not be likely to occur after your period began, both because of there not likely being an egg to fertilize, and because of the improper types of fluids to make fertilization possible or likely.

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SailorTsukino
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I don't really understand :S

okay, for arguments sake say it was 2 days before
couldnt an egg fertilise just shortly after your period began
or even fertilise but not implant until after your period?
sorry i'm a pain but i'm not really the smartest :/

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Not usually, no, because an egg isn't usually available at that time: it'd be highly uncommon for an egg to be released from the ovaries at that point in a woman's cycle.

Why don't you read this first, then pop back if it still isn't clear to you?

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I think i understand, but i read some other posts that said you could ovulate at any time, and wouldnt that also mean that you could have sex just before your period without worrying about pregnancy, because it sounds a bit odd :S
*confused*

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OR say the egg fertilised and hadn't implanted yet,
then you had your period and it travelled down your ovarian tube and them implanted after
or what if it had already implanted and there just wasnt enough of the hormones?

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Well, for most women, the time just before the period IS a time when it is unlikely to be fertile. It's just that that may not be so for all women. Really, to find out when YOU ovulate, which can help clear a lot of this up for you, you could chart as instructed in that piece I linked you to.

But let's say that a woman with a very unusual pattern did, in fact, release an egg in the last two days before her period, and had unprotected sex. Even then, her cervical mucus would not likely make sperm mobility likely, but let's say it did, and that egg was able to be fertilized. If she still got her period in those next couple of days, the lining being shed would be what the egg would have needed to implant, so by the time the whole works happens, the fertilized egg wouldn't have any lining to implant in.

Hormones, for the record, aren't what are going to sustain a pregnancy, per se. It's what hormones do when it comes to making your whole fertility cycle happen, including cervical mucus types and the release of the egg, as well as the hormonal change which causes a period, where they're an issue.

All the same, when a woman gets her bonafide period, if she had a risk before that period, she can be pretty darn sure she did not become pregnant from that risk and will not.

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Okay i think i get it now [Smile]
Thank you so much
really quick replies btw [Embarrassed] !
xox

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Skythe
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@Heather

Thanks soooo much for this!!! I feel really relieved now..I was really freaking out because last june5 me and my bf were fooling around and some pre*** got on his briefs and well can't seem to remember whether he rubbed me or not but 2 days later on june7 I had my regular period and it was on time but then 4 days after ending my period I got dark brown blood that continued for about 4 days getting lighter and lighter till it was gone^__^ i was freaking out because of the thought that i might be pregnant but because of your explanation I am really relieved..

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