Couples often ask the question “Is pregnancy possible during menstruation?” According to the United States National Institute of Health, a woman can conceive at any time during her cycle. Though pregnancy during menstruation is considered to be rare, it is not an impossible phenomenon.
For pregnancy to occur, the egg released from the ovary has to be fertilized by the sperm. The process where the egg is released from the ovary is known as ovulation. Ovulation takes place on the 14th day of the menstrual cycle. If however, the egg does not get fertilized, it is discarded by the body in the form of menstrual bleeding.
One of the causes of a woman conceiving while she is menstruating could be her short menstrual cycle. In such a case, the process of ovulation would begin soon after the menstrual bleeding ends. In some cases, women experience menstrual bleeding for as long as seven days. In such an instance, there are chances that the woman may have finished menstruating but the bleeding has continued. So, she could be bleeding even while she is ovulating.
The male sperm has been known to be able to stay inside the woman’s body for days. A woman might complete her periods and start ovulating. If the sperm is inside the body, it may fertilize an egg. Also, sometimes, women bleed while they ovulate. This might be taken as a period.