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I receive a lot of questions from readers of my Early Signs of Pregnancy and What to Do if You Think You Are Pregnant articles wondering what their chances of getting pregnant are.  Most of the questions come from women and girls who do not want to be pregnant yet still had unprotected sex.

My answer to these questions is usually pretty similar, any time you have unprotected sex there is a chance of becoming pregnant.  Now depending on when during your cycle the unprotected sex took place will greatly impact your odds of becoming pregnant.

During any given cycle a fertile woman has a 25% chance of becoming pregnant.  If you are desperately trying to get pregnant those odds may not seem very good, however, for those who desperately DON’T want to be pregnant those odds may seem pretty high.

An average menstrual cycle is 28 days beginning with the start of your period and ending with the start of your next period.  However, it is perfectly normal to have a menstrual cycle as long as 35 days or as short as 21 days.  For a 28 day cycle ovulation typically occurs on day 14, however, it can occur any where from day 11 to day 21.  Some woman will ovulate like clockwork on the same day of their cycle every month, others will experience erratic ovulation.

A woman can become pregnant during ovulation.  The best chances of becoming pregnant are the couple of days before ovulation through 24 hours after ovulation.  Timing is key when you are trying to get pregnant, so you can see why your chances of getting pregnant during any given cycle is only 25%.

For those women who do not wish to become pregnant your best chance is to always use protection.  Any time you have unprotected sex there is a chance of becoming pregnant, always keep that in the back of your mind.

If you have questions about your own menstrual cycle or your own specific chances of becoming pregnant talk to your doctor.

(source: WebMD)

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