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How many days after my period can I get pregnant?

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How many days after my period can I get pregnant?

If you're trying to get pregnant, it's important to have a good understanding of your cycle so you know the best times to get pregnant. 

The best day to get pregnant is your ovulation day, but you still have a high chance of getting pregnant in the days leading up to ovulation. To work out when you're ovulating, use our ovulation calculator.

An egg is released from your ovaries, usually 12 to 14 days before your next period starts, and this is the time of the month when you're most likely to get pregnant.

Although it's unlikely that you'll get pregnant in the days after your period has finished, it can happen. Remember that sperm can survive in the cervix for up to 7 days after you have had sex.

For example, if your period usually lasts for 5 days, you may only have 2-3 days after your period ends, before your fertile days begin. If you're trying to conceive (ttc), it might be best to wait a few days after your period ends to start baby making. 

If you don't want to become pregnant right now, it's important to always use contraception when you have sex just to be on the safe side.


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  • Author: Lorna White Lorna White
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Lorna is the digital executive and regular contributor for Mother&Baby. After running the Yours magazine website which specialises in content about caring for kids and grandchildren, she has now brought her expertise to the UK's #1 leading pregnancy and parenting magazine. Lorna specialises on a range of topics from potty training and nutrition, to everything and anything that will keep your tot occupied!

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