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Can you be pregnant if you have your period?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Vaginal bleeding: Vaginal bleeding is rather common during early pregnancy. Some women may mistakenly think that this bleeding is a true period, when in fact it is due to the pregnancy. Do frequent pregnancy tests and if you think you might be pregnant, you should should call for an appointment to see your doctor.
Dr. Wesley Grootwassink
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Yes: Yes it is possible but not very likely.
Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
No: If you are having your menses, you cannot be pregnant, as you are clearing everything in preparation for your next ovulation next month.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No, but see below: 30% of pregnant women experience implantation bleeding at about the time they would expect their period. They mistake this bleeding as their period, when in fact, it isn't.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Yes: Up to 30% of pregnant women can have vaginal bleeding.
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Ovulation : You can get pregnant anytime as trying to time intercours to avoid ovulation days is very unreliable. The optimal time to get pregnant is when you ovulate which is 14 days before your next period. If you are trying to get pregnant remember to take a prenatal vitamin daily.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: It's the other way around. You're pregnant and you don't know it. Up to 30% of pregnant women will bleed at the time of their expected periods because the baby as implanted into the womb. This gives the impression of a period when it's not.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
Either: 30% of pregnant women will bleed at the time of their expected period because of implantation bleeding. This gives them the impression that they are having their period, when they are, in fact, pregnant.
Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
It all Depends: Is the period on time? Seemingly normal in consistency? Did you have any unexpected spotting prior to the period? Did you have sexual intercourse and exposure to semen when you ovulated? Most implantation bleeding is seen sooner than the expected period and of less consistency or less intense. The implantation bleeding is usually shorter than a normal period.
Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
See below: It's the other way around. You're pregnant and you don't know it. Up to 30% of pregnant women will bleed at the time of their expected periods because the baby as implanted into the womb. This gives the impression of a period when it's not.
Dr. Carline Louis-Jacques
Obstetrics and Gynecology 33 years experience
Period v miscarriage: You are either having your period or you are at risk for miscarriage but not both at the same time. Hard to tell if you lost the pregnancy within days of conceiving and the miscarriage starts around the time you were to get a period. Bleeding is usually heavier & more painful. If your pregnancy test is negative, it is by default your period since you cannot prove you were ever pregnant.
Dr. Parul Krishnamurthy
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Not typically: Especially if it is a normal period. But if pregnancy is a possibility due to unprotected intercourse, best to do a pregnancy test to be sure
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Pregnancy unlikely: "I got my period" generally means not pregnant. If worried, one can do a home urine pregnancy test, which is very accurate by 3 weeks after sex. A woman cannot have her normal regular menstrual periods and be pregnant at the same time. If unsure, one can rely on a pregnancy test, which is inexpensive and sold in stores everywhere.

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Can you have your period whilst pregnant?

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Dr. Alan Patterson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 42 years experience
NO: If you are pregnant you can have bleeding, but it is not your period.
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A 21-year-old female asked:

Can a women be pregnant on her period?

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Dr. Miguel Cano
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Difficult: It's difficult to achieve pregnancy while on a true menstual cycle since ovulation was at least 2 weeks prior and the endometrium is shedding. However, a woman can be pregnant and experience menstrual-like bleeding in the first trimester and not realize she's pregnant. This happens all the time, it's called a threatened ab. Check a pregnancy test if you have any concerns and take good care.
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