Can you get pregnant during or right after your period?
Yes, you can. So, if you’re not actively trying to get pregnant, it’s always safer to use reliable contraception when you have sex, no matter when it is during your cycle. Ovulation occurs around the middle of a woman’s cycle – specifically, in the middle third. If you have a 28-day cycle, for example, then you usually ovulate on the 14th day, counting the first day of your period as the first day of your cycle.

If your period lasts seven or eight days, by the time you finish menstruating you’re only five or six days away from ovulating. If you consider that sperm can live in the fallopian tube for two or three days, then you have a narrow window in which you could get pregnant if you ovulated a little earlier than normal.

The best way to prevent an unplanned pregnancy is to use a reliable form of birth control. For more information on birth control options, please contact Wilkes County Health Department at 336-651-7450 to schedule an appointment in our Family Planning Clinic.

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1. Are there any drugs that I can take to prevent me from getting pregnant?
2. Can teens receive birth control without their parent's knowledge?
3. Can you get pregnant during or right after your period?
4. Does the Health Clinic provide abortions?
5. How effective are oral contraceptives?
6. Is the birth control pill free of charge without insurance? Do you need a pelvic exam/ Pap smear for get prescribed for the pill?
7. I think I might be pregnant. What should I do?
8. Is the pregnancy test free?
9. I had unprotected sexual intercourse 6 days ago. Are there any drugs that I can take to prevent me from getting pregnant?
10. Has the state of North Carolina passed a law regarding babies born with drug dependency?
11. Does the Health Department do paternity testing?
12. How much is the depo birth control shot?
13. How do you get herpes?
14. My period is abnormal. What do I do?
15. What do you do if you want to have an abortion? Is there an abortion pill offered?
16. Does the health department still give out pregnancy information and books?
17. How do I make a dental dam?
18. Are there free mammograms available to women in Wilkes County?
19. If you’re under age 18 can you get free birth control?
20. If you are pregnant without knowing and you continue to take your prescription birth control, will you lose your baby?
21. What is your Maternal Nurse and what does she do?
22. I am pregnant and under the age of 18. Should I apply for Medicaid now or wait until I am 18?
23. Are the condoms you give as good as the name brand condoms like Trojan?
24. How long should I wait to take a pregnancy test?
25. Do you offer the Plan B pill?
26. Is there any help offered to uninsured women who are due for a mammogram?
27. Does the Health Department offer the abortion pill?
28. Can you have your period or bleed while you are pregnant?
29. What are good websites for accurate sexual health information?
30. Can you get intracytoplasmic sperm injection for infertility at the Wilkes Health Department?