Am I Pregnant? Calculate Your Chances of Being Pregnant 1005

Let’s start out by getting this out of the way, no one 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. 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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Am I pregnant? How do you know if you’re pregnant?

The first thing to consider when calculating your chances of getting pregnant to answer the question, “am I pregnant?”….

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, and though unlikely, may survive up to 48 hours. 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 getting pregnant 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: Poses the highest chances of getting pregnant

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 ttc it can greatly reduce your chances of getting pregnant.

Next, let’s talk about pregnancy symptoms.

I’m going to come right out and say I don’t consider pregnancy symptoms 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’ve had  pregnancy symptoms before a missed period before. 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.

Down to the details….

Next, I look at the specifics. There are some common situations that decrease fertility and reduce the chances of getting pregnant 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? Am I pregnant?

Condoms break, slip off, and 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, the chances of getting pregnant 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 getting pregnant with precum alone are less than 4 percent (you can read an in-depth look at the chances of pregnancy from precum here).

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

In these types of 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, drastically 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 getting pregnant.

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? Still asking, “am I 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?
Late Period, Early Period, Irregular Period: Oh, why?
Early Pregnancy Symptoms

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1,005 thoughts on “Am I Pregnant? Calculate Your Chances of Being Pregnant

  • Anonymous

    Me and my bf had protected sex the day before my period. The next month I didn’t get my period but the month after that I did get it. Before I got my period I took a pregnancy test & it came out negative & its been 2 months since we last had sex but I read online that some women get their period & are still pregnant. I’ve been stressing over what I read but I’ve had no pregnancy symptoms, I got my period, & a test came back negative. Am I stressing for no reason?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Sex so close to a period poses a very low chance of pregnancy, so if the test you took was more than 14 days after the act (I assume it was since you had missed a period) it was likely accurate. You could always retest, but my bet is you had an anovulatory cycle.

  • ]

    my cycles are usually 30-32 days. making my fw abt the 15-16th, i had un protected sex july 20th, using pull out method, but i should of gotten my period around the 23/24 ish of july but now its the 31st making this cycle 45days and i havent gotten it yet, am i pregnant?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Anytime you have a period late over the 3-day average variance and there’s been intercourse, it’s a good idea to take a pregnancy test. This is because ovulation, like cycle length, can vary sometimes. If the pullout was successful your chances of pregnancy are low though, and there’s a higher chance this was an anovulatory cycle.

  • Louise Margaret Caruso

    I had sex on July 29 and I got my period on July 30 he finished inside of me I looked at my fertility calendar my calendar said that that day I had 1% Pc getting pregnant and then I got my. should I go get Plan B

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      That would really depend on your cycle and period length, but in general unless it’s fairly short, it’s unlikely you’ll become pregnant. This is because sperm can only survive about 5 days and is most viable in the first 48 hours. Most ladies ovulate around midcycle and run a 3-5 day period. So sex just after a period is usually further than 5 days from ovulation. (example, 28 day cycle, ovulation around day 14, 4 day bleed, intercourse on day 5, sperm is only going to survive to day 10 and that’s a long shot). As far as plan B, that’s up to your comfort level. If it’s going to stress you out worrying if you don’t, I’d do it just to relieve that stress.

  • Q

    My bf was trying to have sex with me but i didn’t want to because I was mad at him but he kept on asking me he even try to force it in but I close my legs then the condom popped this was on the day after my ovulation but around 11 at night can I get pregnant when the condom popped it wasn’t inside of me but outside of my vaginal wall and there was precum I was wondering what are my chances of getting pregnant

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Even with full vaginal intercourse the chance of pregnancy with precum are under 4%, so with the chance of precum on your inner thigh (it sounds like?) you’d be looking at much lower than that. I prefer to believe nothing is impossible, but well, this is pretty close. 🙂 It’s also never OK for your significant other to be so forceful on the issue of intercourse. No means no, relationship or not. While I know this was not your question, and I hope I’m not overstepping, you may have a discussion with this boyfriend about respect, and consider cutting him lose if respect is a concept he can’t grasp.

      • Q

        Even it’s was at 11 pm during my 6th fertility window ? i ovulated on the 11th This didn’t happen at 11pm during my 6th fertility window wich was on the 12 Of July I’m just scared though the condom didn’t pop inside of me but near my vagina and it was only precum I heard stories people still getting pregnant and I just had a baby with him 4 months ago my period is only late today should I wait? And yes I agree I’m starting realize a lot of things the more Im with him and the more I observe my situation with him he’s not really who I thought he was and I appreciate the advice too bad I can’t cut him off completely sigh ❤️❤️❤️

        • Life with Gremlins admin

          Even if you were fertile (which if this was 24+ hours after ovulation you may not have been), sperm has to make it to the egg for pregnancy. The sperm content of precum is relatively low, and in cases none at all (research is conflicting on whether it contains sperm or just picks it up on exit) so the chances of sperm making it into your vaginal canal, through your cervix and uterus, surviving to a Fallopian tube, and successfully fertilizing/implanting, is exceptionally low. Lower if you are still happen to be breastfeeding as fertility is reduced by the hormones breastfeeding requires. It is true you can become pregnant from precum though, and from ejaculation on the outside of your vagina, just both cases don’t pose a very high chance.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      If your period was timely and normal, it’s unlikely. Even with sex at ovulation, there’s only a roughly 25% chance of pregnancy each cycle.

  • Anonymous

    Hi, i’m 18 years old and my bf and i have tried to have sex but he hasn’t been able to put it in all the way, a few days ago we tried again and it still didn’t fit and and he didn’t finish inside me and he wore a condom but the next day i was very nauseous and my back hurt and chest hurt and i blamed it on a bad meal i had the day before… then the next day i was still nauseous and i figured it was because my period is due around this time i usually get it (17th,18th,19th) and then later i coughed and my lower abdomen hurt and so i looked it up and it was a sign of pregnancy as is chest pain and nausea and i freaked myself out and have been sick to my stomach since. i’m trying not to stress out to not push my period back further because i know that will reveal if i’m pregnant or not but in your opinion am i? please help!!

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Pregnancy symptoms won’t occur before around 2 to 3 weeks after intercourse at minimum. This is because pregnancy symptoms are caused by pregnancy hormones, which aren’t produced until after implantation. So if your symptoms began the day after intercourse, and there was no prior penetration/semen near your vagina, then they can’t be pregnancy related. Hope that helps.

  • Cole Anderson

    Me and my girlfriend hooked up and I came on her stomach and I watched to make sure no sperm got near her vagina. We didn’t have any sex I just came on her stomach. I then fingered her and I’m not sure if I had sperm on my fingers. So we got plan B about an hour after hooking up. She was on day 11 of her 24 day cycle. But she didn’t have any egg white cervical mucus so I don’t think she was ovulating. She took the plan B right away. Do you think I’m good?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Yes, I think you’re good. To become pregnant from something like semen on fingers it would pretty much have to be visible fluid you could feel. Plan B taken before ovulation like this is also fairly effective.

  • Hannah

    Hello I’m 16. 5’6 and 113 pounds the other day me and my boyfriend had sex for the first time we used a condom but it broke. He came in me and we didn’t notice the condom broke untill after. I was fertile during this time bt based on my period tracker it was 2 or 1 day before my ovulation date. I took plan b two days ago, 30 minutes after the incident. Since then I’ve had thick white discahrge. What are the chances of me being pregnant? I’ve read on some websites plan b doesn’t work if you are fertile which I was. I’m scared out of my mind my parents don’t know anything and I just started playing varsity this year for lacrosse. I also go to a Catholic provate school so I would get kicked out.

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      Plan B is less effective after or just before ovulation, yes, because at that point all it will do is thicken your lining to potentially hinder implantation. Even so, there isn’t anything else you could have done in this circumstance, or can do for that matter, beyond wait and see. At 16, it’s likely many of your cycles are still anovulatory though, so your chances of pregnancy are lower based on age alone. You can take a pregnancy test anytime 14 days after the act.

  • Anonymous

    My period started on the 22nd of June & ended on the 27th. I have a regular 28day cycle, however, I had intercourse on the 4th of July, which I noticed that my mucus was very slippery & wet (thin consistency), however, my SO ejaculated on my vulva. Then proceeded to use his fingers so I’m pretty sure he pushed the sperm in without thinking. So my question is has anyone ever gotten pregnant this way? I’m now on CD20 & my cycle is supposed start next Thursday. (I know there may be a 50/50 chance of pregnancy just asking if it ever happened to anyone else.)

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      I haven’t had this happen, no, but being close to mid-cycle and there being semen at the least near your vagina, there is some chance of pregnancy in my opinion, albeit lower than with vaginal intercourse. Of course our readers are welcome to chime in if anyone has been in this scenario. 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Im 22 years old and the last day of my irregular period was June 27th. I had intercourse with my boyfriend on June 29th, 30th, and July 5th. He came inside me all 3 times and I was not any birth control nor we used Protection. How high are my chances of getting Pregnant or is there a possibility that I can already be pregnant?

    • Life with Gremlins admin

      That depends when the first day of your last period was and how long your average cycle is. If any of the acts were close to mid-cycle, there’s a high chance of pregnancy. My guess is the July 5th act may fit that bill being 7 days after the end of your period, so probably 12-13 from the first day. If you run around a 28-day cycle that would put that act in a fertile time.

        • Life with Gremlins admin

          It does sound likely the intercourse was in a fertile time then, assuming you ovulate, 19-23 days is borderline irregular (anything shorter than 21 days is) and may indicate you’re having anovulatory cycles.