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Is it possible for a girl to be pregnant even though she got her period? This question has been bugging me for a long time now. It seems that almost every webpage with that question has answers like "Yah, it's really possible!".

Please don't bash for not having enough sex ed knowledge. My country does not have a comprehensive sex ed program, resulting in most teens relying on the web for information.

And the web is mostly full of lies and "unsure" answers.


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You can rest assured neither you nor anyone here will ever be bashed or taunted because you don't have the education or information you wanted. We're here expressly because we know how often people have to go without information about sex and their bodies. [Smile] Plus, bashing here, on any account, just isn't okay.

So, here's the deal: a menstrual period is the shedding of the uterine lining that occurs when someone has not become pregnant in a cycle. So, no, someone can't have a period and be pregnant, because a period is something that occurs when someone has not become pregnant.

However, people can experience bleeding during pregnancy, and some people do, for a whole host of reasons. Sometimes something called "decidual bleeding" happens, which can resemble a period somewhat per the timing, though that kind of bleeding is usually much lighter than a period.

Most typically, though, when someone becomes pregnant, the most common first "symptom" of that is a missed period or periods. What is most common is NOT experiencing anything like a period during pregnancy. And if someone gets something that comes when they expect their period, and looks and feels like a period, they can be awfully sure that's what it is, and that they did not become pregnant.

Does that help clear that up for you?

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Yeah, it did. Thanks! [Smile]
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