This blog post is going to get into the science, the details, and the facts about getting pregnant.  Think of the health class you probably zoned out of during the explanation of the facts of life. If you had sex, protected (condoms, birth control, etc.) or unprotected, there is a chance you might be pregnant. Here’s how it works…

The monthly cycle for a female is way more than the 4-7 days they are on their periods. It’s, well, a cycle that takes a whole month (there about).

When a woman menstruates, she releases an egg into the fallopian tube, AKA ovulation. That egg survives for about 24 hours.  Fertilization happens after sexual intercourse when a sperm fertilizes that egg and creates a zygote.   It takes another week for that egg to implant into the uterus.   Here’s a link to a YouTube video: (5) Fertilization – YouTube

The most common sign of pregnancy is a missed period. It is best to wait until the first day of the missed period to take a pregnancy test.  This allows the pregnancy hormone, HCG, to reach high enough levels for a reliable result.  Tip of the month: Care Net Owensboro offers free pregnancy tests in a non-judgmental environment.

Lots of false information is floating around out there about pregnancy.  Here’s some truth:  if you have sex there is always a chance of getting pregnant.  You can get pregnant using any sexual position during intercourse. Condoms do fail. Birth Control does fail.  Even if you didn’t have an orgasm, you can still be pregnant.  Virgins can get pregnant.  If you have questions, call Care Net Owensboro for trusted, professional information, 270-685-5077.

Trusted Resources:

Pregnancy Symptoms: 15 Early Signs of Pregnancy

Pregnancy | FDA