Can a Girl Get Pregnant When She's Just Gotten Over Her Period?

Can a girl get pregnant when she's just gotten over her period?

Yes! Having unprotected sex at any time is risky and can result in pregnancy. Sometimes ovulation — the time when a girl is most likely to become pregnant — can occur within a few days of her period ending. Also, sperm can fertilize an egg for several days after ejaculation.

Girls who have sex must use birth control every single time to help prevent pregnancy. Condoms should always be used since they also help couples avoid sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and can be used in addition to other forms of birth control.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: November 2009

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