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CuriousCole
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Is it possible to have sex 2 days before a period, receive the period and still be pregnant? If so how is this possible?
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Sam W
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Hi Cole,

So, the situation you described is not impossible, but it is very, very, very unlikely. To quote Heather from one of our articles:
" because a period has you shedding the lining needed for a fertilized egg to implant in, and because around the time a period starts, there usually is not an egg available to be fertilized, it would be very unusual to become pregnant with timing like this. When you get your period after a risk -- so long as it comes around the time you expected it and looks and feels like your usual period -- it's usually safe to assume pregnancy did not or is not going to occur from that risk."

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CuriousCole
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So in the case of a short luteal phase defect and an egg being there 2 days before and being fertilized how would the egg survive the bleeding ?
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If an egg gets fertilised, that happens in a fallopian tube. The fertilised egg then has to make its way through the rest of the tube, into the uterus and attach to the uterus wall. That whole process can take a week or more, and it's in that time that it's technically possible, while very unlikely, to have had the sex that results in pregnancy and then have a period.

Pregnancy only begins when the egg attaches to the uterus wall, so in this unlikely instance, it's still true that someone can't have a period and be pregnant.

This whole scenario is very unlikely because it's just not how the menstrual cycle works. The different hormones involved in the cycle all affect each other and control different parts of the cycle, and it's very unlikely that anyone would ovulate and then begin a period so close together because the different hormones needed don't mesh that way.

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CuriousCole
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So it's rare but is possible for the fertilized egg to survive by staying in the Fallopian tubes while bleeding?
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Redskies
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Really, everything in the menstrual cycle is against pregnancy happening in those circumstances. For a pregnancy to occur, there would have to be some uterus lining already there for a fertilised egg to implant into, and right after a period, it's just not there. That's on top of it being extremely unlikely in the first place for someone to ovulate that close to a period. Luteal phases just don't come that short, really. A short luteal phase is anything less than 10 days: even 8 or 9 day luteal phases are strongly associated with someone having difficulty sustaining a (wanted, planned) pregnancy. The hormones just don't work out that way. So, you're seeing how wildly unlikely it is for someone to actually become pregnant in the scenario you're asking about?

Are you asking about this because you're concerned about this scenario in your life?

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No I was just curious because I had seen this on other sites and was just wondering if it is possible or not
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