Am I Pregnant? Calculate Your Chances of Being Pregnant 965

Let’s start out by getting this out of the way, no one, in the whole wide world, can tell you whether you are or are not pregnant over the Internet. I can’t. A quiz can’t. Scrutinizing timing and symptoms can’t. Google can’t. The only way to confirm a pregnancy is in person via examination, urine, or blood testing. Regardless, I get a ton of comments here at Gremlins asking, “could I be pregnant?,” “what are the chances of getting pregnant from….” or “am I pregnant?” So, that leaves us at what can I tell you? I mean I’ve responded to 1,000+ comments on the subject, and I’ve had something to tell them all.

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How do you know if you’re pregnant?

When I respond to comments asking am I pregnant this I what I consider, my steps to calculating your chances of  getting pregnant or already being pregnant….

The first factor you want to consider is timing. When was:

-Your last period
-The date of intercourse
If you know, the date of ovulation is also quite useful. You can find a full guide to pinpointing ovulation here.

Understanding when you can get pregnant helps a great deal in figuring out your chances of pregnancy. It is possible to become pregnant from intercourse at any time if you happen to be ovulating or ovulate while semen is still viable, but the chances are significantly higher during your fertile period. When is that? For most women, ovulation lands around mid-cycle.

So, if your period is on average 28 days, ovulation is likely around the 14th day with day 1 being the first day of period bleeding. Note I said most. Not all women ovulate mid-cycle, and ovulation does fluctuate slightly each cycle for some. You can help guess when you are ovulating by paying attention to vaginal discharge. When you are fertile it will become more plentiful and watery. At ovulation itself, you may see egg-white-like discharge, sort of like clear snot (I know lovely imagery here.) There are also ovulation test strips you can buy if you are ttc, and basal body temping can also be a huge help.

Keep in mind that the egg is most viable in the first 12 hours, but may survive up to 48 hours, and sperm is most viable within 48 hours, but can survive in the body for 5 or more days (studies differ on the subject).

Let’s consider some scenarios with that then.

Early intercourse: Can you get pregnant on your period?

The chances of pregnancy are low with intercourse during your period, but not impossible—remember up there where I said if there is intercourse, pregnancy is always possible. How can you get pregnant on your period? Well, because sperm can survive beyond that ideal 48-hour window, if you ovulate on the early side, it could still be around to catch the egg. It’s a scenario where the stars really have to align just right so to speak.

Ex/ 26 day cycle, 6 days active bleeding, early ovulation at day 10 (I actually had these stats when I got pregnant with baby 4) Intercourse on CD (cycle day) 5 during period, sperm can still be viable at 5+ days when the egg drops.

This, obviously, also applies to the question can you get pregnant right after your period as well, more so actually, because you are closer to mid-cycle.

Late intercourse: Can you get pregnant right before your period?

The chances of getting pregnant just before your period are lower, because while sperm can hang on quite some time in the vaginal canal, the egg is a bit more delicate. Most studies put viability at about 12 to 24 hours before it’s long gone. In this case, that means to become pregnant just before your period, you would need to ovulate quite late.

Ex/ 26 day cycle, Ovulation CD 22, Intercourse on CD 23, egg survives CD 22-23.

It would be nigh impossible to catch the following cycle’s egg this way, if you are wondering. Why? Even if intercourse was on CD 26 just before the period began, with a low probability 5-day survival you would still be looking at CD 5 for ovulation, which is very, very early, and questionably biologically possible.

Both of the above situations have a low chance of pregnancy, so what has a high chance of pregnancy?

Mid-cycle Intercourse: The ideal time for pregnancy

The closer to mid-cycle the intercourse is, the higher the chance of pregnancy. In general, because ovulation does fluctuate, anything after about CD 9 and about a week before the end of your cycle can be considered a fertile period.

Ex/ 26 day cycle: fertile period from CD 9 to CD 19. Peak (ovulation) probable at CD 12-14

It should be kept in mind that the average couple tries for 6 months to conceive, and it’s estimated that in a healthy couple under the age of 35, there is only a 25 percent chance of pregnancy with a single sexual act during a fertile time. Sex mid-cycle does not guarantee pregnancy, it just poses the highest chances of getting pregnant all cycle.

Side note, what if you don’t get periods?

Just because you aren’t having a menstrual period doesn’t necessarily mean you also aren’t ovulating. It’s entirely possible you just have very long cycles. Most women who don’t get periods do have occasional bleeding. Lack of menstruation can mean you aren’t ovulating or it can mean you just aren’t doing so regularly. Either way, this is something you should speak with a care provider about as it is often indicative of an underlying condition and if you’re trying to conceive it can greatly reduce your chances of getting pregnant.

Next, let’s talk about symptoms.

I’m going to come right out and say I don’t consider them at all. They are irrelevant this early, but then, I do have a quiz on early symptoms of pregnancy here, so why the hypocrisy there? You will not have pregnancy symptoms before you are pregnant. Period. This falls back in to timing. After sperm meets egg, it takes 6-12 days for that fertilized egg to find its way to the uterus and implant, it takes another 48 hours on average for pregnancy hormones to get high enough to even start to be detectable—that’s 8 to 14 days after fertilization which could be up to 48 hours after ovulation. Until that egg implants, you aren’t pregnant. There are no pregnancy hormones, your symptoms aren’t pregnancy related. I have a pregnancy symptom quiz, yes, but with big warnings all over it that it applies after a missed period (which for most is about 14 days after ovulation).

You may now be thinking to yourself, puh, this lady don’t know Jack or his sister Sally’s ovaries, because I had pregnancy symptoms before my last pregnancy. The thing is one of the major players in all those fun pregnancy side effects is progesterone, and progesterone is actually present in the body before pregnancy. Its production is super-charged by ovulation, and its purpose is to maintain a pregnancy. So, if you don’t get pregnant, it drops, and you get a period, if you do, it continues to rise. A high progesterone cycle will mimic the symptoms of pregnancy from nausea to gas. Pregnancy symptoms are basically PMS on steroids.

Down to the details….

Next, I look at the specifics. Not everyone wants a baby. Sometimes people are commenting desperately hoping I’ll say, “Hah, fat chance. You aren’t pregnant.” There are some common situations that decrease fertility and reduce the chances of pregnancy even if it’s mid-cycle.

I was on birth control when we had sex, can I be pregnant?

No method of birth control outside of not having sex offers 100-percent protection. Most forms are pretty dependable if carried out properly, we’re talking in the 90ish percentile, but even if there was a condom or birth control, it is still possible to become pregnant, the chance is just very small.

What if the condom fell off, broke, or came off inside of me?

Condoms break, slip off, and though it may be embarrassing to admit sometimes even come off inside of women. In all of the above cases, it is possible sperm escaped and pregnancy could occur. Plan-B or the morning after pill are usually a good idea in this circumstance, as well, chances or pregnancy are a lot higher than if the condom had stayed on.

He pre-ejaculated without protection, can that cause pregnancy?

Yes. Precum (the liquid that sometimes precedes a true ejaculation) does sometimes contain sperm and can result in pregnancy. A man has no control over pre-ejaculation. This is why the pull-out method of birth control can fail and a condom should not just be used for ejaculation, but also during the entire sexual act if condoms are your primary source of birth control. The chances of pregnancy with precum alone are less than 4 percent (you can read an in-depth look at the chances of getting pregnant from precum here).

Can I get pregnant from masturbation with another, anal sex, or dry humping?

This comes down to two variables. In all three situations, what matters is if there was semen involved and if it touched your vagina. Even if there is no penetration involved in the sex, if semen comes in contact with your vagina on fingers, clothing or any other object, pregnancy can occur. The chances in this case, are again, decreased, if clothing was involved the chance of pregnancy is even lower, nigh on nonexistent, but not impossible. If there was no semen or precum, there is no chance of pregnancy.

We had sex in water, am I pregnant?

While sperm can survive in water for a short time, unless the ejaculation occurred within your body, chances are very slim you are pregnant. If the semen was inside of you, the sex being within water will have no effect on your chances of pregnancy.

After you take all of the above into consideration, you should be able to calculate your own chances of getting pregnant– or being pregnant for that matter– to answer the question, ‘am I pregnant?”

Still have questions about your chances of getting pregnant? Drop me a comment, read in-depth about pregnancy probability statistics, or try our pregnancy chances quiz. Coming up next, when should you take a pregnancy test?

You may find riveting in the meantime:
Period While Pregnant: Can it Be?
Implantation Bleeding or Period: How do I know?
Negative Test, Missed Period, What gives?
Late Period, Early Period, Irregular Period: Oh, why?
Early Pregnancy Symptoms

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965 thoughts on “Am I Pregnant? Calculate Your Chances of Being Pregnant

  • Anonymous

    I had my period on 14th Apr and I had intercourse (used condom)on 25th Apr. I got My period on May 12th(2 days early only for 2 days having brown discharge and red blood) . I had symptoms similar to PMS. I got the feeling that I might be pregnant. So I took home test with salt which turned negative all the time. I got my period again on 11th June. I had severe cramps pains.(usually I don’t get cramps). I am confused.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      The salt test doesn’t actually work. Even so multiple incidents of monthly bleeding like this usually don’t occur in pregnancy. To me this sounds more like hormonal imbalance (irregular bleeding, more severe PMS). Often life style changes such as diet, weight gain/loss, exercise, new supplements, stress, etc are to blame. You could always take an actual home pregnancy test from the store to confirm. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Hi I just wanted to know when will be my next Period this Month of June. Month of April my period cycle was 30 days. Month of May is 25. Because of that changes of days. I dont know when will my period come this June. Please help am very confused.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Normal period variance is +/- 3 days, so 5 would just mean you’re having a little more hormonal flux than normal. This might be because of age (under 19 or over 35 are more prone to volatile hormones), weight or diet changes, or even stress. To find out when you period is likely to occur you want to build an average, so if you only knew these two cycles you’d add their lengths together and divide by 2 (the number of cycles you added together) for an average of 27-28 days. Then you would add in your personal variance of 5 days and you would know to expect your period in that week. Many people use a tracking app, which can do all of this for you. There are many available 🙂

  • Avery

    My cycle has been pretty normal. I have a regular 26 day cycle. I have been worried that I have gotten sp*rm on my lady part after taking a shower. This happened about 5-6 day before my period. My period was on time (May 2nd) and it lasted it’s normal 5 days. Then I my second period happened (May 28th which is normal. There are months when I have two periods) and it also lasted 5 days. It’s June 8th and I’ve been stressed the past 3 days because apparently you can have periods even if pregnant. I have been feeling sick to my stomach and I’ve been dizzy. Do you maybe happen to know if there is a chance of being pregnant?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      The chances of pregnancy so close to your period are at their lowest all cycle (close to not possible), you would have to randomly ovulate very late. That you also had a timely period, is enough for me to say you’re probably not pregnant, but you could always take a test to be sure.

  • Anonymous

    I’m 42 and currently on CD3. I have a regular 26-28 cycle. I typically ovulate between CD13-15 I’m planning on meeting up with my boyfriend( he is 39) on CD7. If he ejaculates inside me that day is it far enough away from my fertile period? I also chart and keep a close track of my cycles. My charting is our only form of BC.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Sperm can survive about 5 days in the body, so yes, it should be safe if you’re sure of that ovulation range.

  • Anonymous

    Back in April I took two plan b pills about a week apart and had my period what seemed like twice in that month, we continued to have unprotected sex and he would not pull out. I missed my period for the entire month of may but just started bleeding on the 1st of June. . Could I be pregnant?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Plan B use can cause bleeding even in pregnancy, though the chances of that are far lower than it just being bleeding from the hormonal imbalance repeated plan B use can cause (I would recommend either banning him from intercourse until he’ll use protection or starting standard birth control, emergency contraction isn’t designed for frequent use 🙂 ). Unfortunately, a pregnancy test is really the only way to know if the pills worked.

  • Anonymous

    I’m 18 years old and my last period was on may 4 and it lasted for 4days ..on may 28th(yesterday)Me and my bf had sex..but his penis didn’t go fully inside my vagina..we struggled a lot nd finally half of his penis only went in..and before his cum he took it out and he ejaculated outside only..after 5mins blood came from my vagina there any possibility of getting pregnant? Should I take contraception pill? Or go for a check up to confirm the probability of getting pregnant ? I don’t wanna become pregnant

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      By cycle day 24 your fertile time had likely passed by a longshot, so probably no chance of pregnancy here. Even if you were fertile, the chances of pregnancy with precum alone are less than 4 percent.

  • Anon!!!

    Can i still be pregnant if i got my period for two successive months? I’m just wondering if this could happen because i feel myself gaining weight idk…

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      It’s not impossible, but multiple episodes of timely bleeding in pregnancy are rare. Usually pregnancy bleeding is a single episode or multiple sporadic episodes. Many things outside of pregnancy can lead to weight gain, a good first step would be to try to pinpoint what changed around the time your gain started as well as any other symptoms you’ve noticed. This may help narrow down the cause.

  • Anonymous

    Ik this isn’t the place but I was wondering what kills sperm outside of the body? Say I got sperm on my hand would a simple hand washing or a hot shower kill the sperm or semen? If I did wash my hands and put them in a vagina would there be a pregnancy risk? Thanks

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Merely being outside the body is often enough to kill sperm within 20 or so minutes, less depending on conditions (for example, semen near the vagina where there is moisture and warmth is going to live longer than it would on your hand, which is cooler and dry, and sperm on your hand would live longer than sperm on a hard, cold surface). Either way hand washing is more than enough to kill sperm, yes.

      • Anonymous

        So if my hands got sweaty, that wouldn’t keep them alive or if I touched my phone they wouldn’t stay alive that way right?

        • Life with Gremlins admin

          No, the pH of sweat wouldn’t be very sperm friendly and the cold surface of a phone would likewise kill sperm pretty quickly. Pregnancy is harder to achieve than most people think. Even with actual vaginal intercourse during a fertile time there’s still only around a 25% chance of pregnancy, so as you can imagine stray semen that’s no where near the vagina has virtually no chance. Things like anal sex where semen is near the vagina or mutual masturbation where there may be visible, fresh semen on hands is where you’d want to be careful.

  • Katherine

    I am 21 years old in three days, and am late on my period by 6 days. My last period started on April 11th and I had sex on April 15th and bled for about 4 days afterward. I have the Skyla IUD (since August 2017) and my cycle days are typically 30 days long or so, and I’ve looked at just about everything possible (haven’t taken a test yet) to calculate fertile days and whatnot. Everything leads me to believe that there’s no way I’m pregnant, but I can’t ignore the whole 6 days late thing. What are the chances that I’m pregnant?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Skyla has around a 1 percent chance of pregnancy, so while it’s a pretty small chance, pregnancy isn’t impossible, but, in my opinion, your timing pushes that chance even lower. If your last period start date was the 11th and the sex was just 4 days later that puts sperm viability at day 4-9, it’s not common to ovulate so quickly (the egg has to mature). Day 9 would be considered very early even. Though if the bleed on the 11th wasn’t a period, and was just hormonal spotting, then that timing wouldn’t apply. If I were in your shoes I’d probably take a test just to rule pregnancy out and ease that worry.