Am I Pregnant? Calculate Your Chances of Being Pregnant 922

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?” 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 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 24 to 48 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?

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 CD9 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 chance.

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.

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. Pre-cum (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.

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

  • Anon

    Hi! So I have a question, I had my last period beginning on March 16th. I stopped taking the birth-control pill after my period finished (so this is the first month without). We are trying to get pregnant, so we had sex about every three days or so. Before birth control, my periods were very irregular, so it is difficult to know when I ovulate. Right now, it is roughly when my period should begin, so I took a home pregnancy about three days ago, and one today. Both came out negative. I am experiencing extreme breast tenderness (I have trouble sleeping on my stomach or leaving a bra on for long periods), and my nipples have grown larger and have slightly darkened. I have experienced breast tenderness before, but I have never to this extreme, and my nipples have never gone through these changes. Do you believe this to be PMS or is it still too early for the test to show positive?

    Also, I am 22 years old with a BMI of 19. There are stress factors in life that I am aware can affect conception as well.


    • Life with Gremlins admin

      When coming off the pill there’ll be some initial hormonal imbalance as your body re-learns to regulate it’s own hormones. I’m afraid it’s possible you didn’t even ovulate this cycle as a result (though some ladies rebound faster than others). That imbalance is most likely the cause of your symptoms as pregnancy symptoms don’t usually crop up until after a missed period (unless you run a long cycle). You might find ovulation tracking helpful in gauging how your hormone levels are leveling out.

  • Anon!!!

    I’m the one who wrote you couple of days ago about the precum and i took plan B, i just wanted to ask i’m having loooots of white to clear discharge? Is that normal or it indicates something bad, like pregnancy i mean???

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      While increased discharge is common in pregnancy, that discharge is often yellow. Clear, stretchy discharge actually likely means you’re becoming fertile again (gearing up to ovulate). As you don’t ovulate while pregnant, that’s a good sign. 🙂

      • Anon!!!

        How to be feetile again when i already discovered white stretchy egg like discharge teo days prior the unprotected sex? Shouldn’t i have my period first? Or i could have to ovulate more than once in a month?

        • Life with Gremlins admin

          It may be fallout from the pill itself then, plan B contains high levels of estrogen, which is what causes discharge. It’s also possible that you had begun the hormone cycle to ovulate, the plan B stopped ovulation, and now ovulating is occurring again.

  • Jasmin

    I’m 15, 115 lbs, good health and very active. My boyfriend and I attempted intercorse for the first time 3 weeks ago unprotected. I had just started my period about 12:00 that day and was bleeding lightly at around 9:00 that night when we attempted. He penetrated me and ejaculated in me right then, like at the same time. I had a full 6 day period like normal but now 2 weeks after my period ended I have very sore breasts, just the nipple area. No swelling or anything just very sore to the touch. Could I be pregnant? I’m scared, my mom died two years ago so all I have is my dad and he doesn’t even know I’m doing anything, he’ll kill me if im pregnant.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Sex just before a period like this holds the lowest chance of pregnancy all cycle, arguably no chance if your cycles are regular. Often the belief you may be pregnant can cause you to notice symptoms that you normally wouldn’t. A test would be an easy way to ease your worry.

  • Jamie

    Hello! I had protected sex on March 29 and March 31. We used a condom and he pulled out before ejaculation as well. We also checked to make sure that there are no tears or holes in the condom. I am due to have my period in five days and wanted to know if the symptoms I’m having are just PMS. I began to have sore breasts a couple of days ago and had an elevated level of discharge about three days ago. Now I have very light and dry discharge. I also have post nasal drip and a cough. I read online that that could be an early sign of pregnancy but wanted to make sure. Do I have anything to worry about?

  • B

    Hello I’m 35 and had unprotected sex. He ejacualted a little before he penetrated me. There was semen on his penis upon insertion. I’m 2 days from ovulation. What are the chances of me becomming pregnant from this??? I’ve been reading a lot about the difficulties of women over 35 becoming pregnant. And also have read that sperm possible die very quickly. I’m quite concerned about this matter and hope you can help! Thank you!

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      The chances of pregnancy after 35 are much lower, but it does happen. If the ejaculation was just before intercourse, being on his penis rather than on object or surface, the sperm were very likely still viable, because it wasn’t a full load so to speak though there’s a lot less sperm there to catch an egg and so a slightly lower chance of pregnancy. Timing wise, you are in a high fertility time. All considered, I’d say your chances are low.