Q:

Can you still get pregnant without having periods?

A:

Quick Answer

A woman can become pregnant without a period as long as she ovulates, according to the American Pregnancy Association. The organization notes that it is possible to have a bleeding period without ovulation, a condition known as anovulation. It is not possible for a woman to become pregnant if she does not ovulate and release a suitable egg.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

Women with certain conditions, such as underweight women, do not have regular periods but still experience ovulation. It is possible for them to become pregnant because their bodies might ovulate at any time, says the American Pregnancy Association. The organization explains that monitoring body temperature, changes in cervical mucus and luteinizing hormone levels gives women with irregular periods the best chances at detecting ovulation and successfully conceiving. However, the American Pregnancy Association warns that women with irregular periods who don't want to become pregnant should always use contraception because they do not have any obvious indicators of ovulation.

In a typical menstrual cycle, ovulation occurs before menstrual bleeding, so it is possible for a young, sexually active girl to become pregnant without experiencing a period, says TeensHealth, a service of Nemours Children's Health System. The site explains that abstinence is the only sure method of preventing pregnancy.

Learn more about Pregnancy

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Can a woman get pregnant without ovulating?

    A:

    A woman cannot become pregnant if she does not ovulate, but a woman can become pregnant if she has sex several days before ovulation occurs, notes the American Pregnancy Association. This is because sperm can live inside the body for up to five days.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How do you estimate the date of conception?

    A:

    To estimate the date of conception, a woman counts 11 to 21 days from the first day of the last period, according to American Pregnancy Association. While this is a large range of days, it is an average of conception for women. Some women, such as those who track their ovulation or have fertility treatments, can narrow down the date of conception more precisely.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How can you calculate when you got pregnant?

    A:

    To calculate the date of conception, a woman with regular menstrual periods counts 11 to 21 days from the first day of her last cycle, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Since most women do not know the exact date they conceived, the conception date is just an estimate.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the common signs and symptoms of ovulation?

    A:

    Signs and symptoms of ovulation vary based on a woman's age and health condition, but common signs of ovulation include changes in cervical fluid, changes in the cervical firmness and position, and changes in basal body temperature, explains the American Pregnancy Association. Women may also experience pain on one side of the pelvis, slight cramping, breast tenderness, light spotting, abdominal bloating, and a heightened sense of vision, taste or smell when ovulating. Some women also have an increased sex drive.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore