One of the biggest misconceptions about sex and pregnancy is that it is difficult to get pregnant. While it is undeniable that some women have trouble conceiving, unplanned and unexpected pregnancies are still a regular occurence. If you’re sexually active, you owe it to yourself and your partner to know your chances of becoming pregnant and what you should do next. Keep reading to learn more, then give DAZZ Orangeburg a call at (803) 937-3010 to schedule your free appointment.
How Likely Is Pregnancy?
So how likely are you to become pregnant? Unfortunately this isn’t an easy question to answer. You’ll need to consider a few different factors to know your own chances.
The biggest factor in your chances of becoming pregnant is ovulation – your body releasing an egg in preparation for fertilization. Most women ovulate on a 28-day cycle, with ovulation occurring around 14 days before the start of their next menstrual period. Ovulation itself is a 24-hour process, but your body will begin preparing to ovulate several days before an egg is released, such as an increase in your body’s temperature and hormone production.
The second factor to consider is your partner’s sperm. You might be surprised to learn that sperm can live inside your body for several days after sexual activity. The exact length of time varies from person to person, but in general sperm can live around 3 to 5 days after sex.1
What does that mean for your chances of getting pregnant? In short, if you have unprotected sex at any time around or during your ovulation, you stand a very real chance of getting pregnant. Most doctors estimate that you have about a 15% to 25% chance of getting pregnant in any particular month, and more than an 85% chance of getting pregnant in a year if you don’t use birth control.
The most effective way of avoiding pregnancy is to simply not have sex when you aren’t ready to become pregnant. Abstinence is the only 100% effective way of avoiding pregnancy.
What Do I Do If I Become Pregnant?
If you do become pregnant unexpectedly, you’ll need to consider your options carefully. Your first step should be to come to DAZZ Orangeburg and get a free pregnancy test. From there you can think about your pregnancy options and learn more about your choices.
Get Help and Resources Today
If you want to learn more about your chances of becoming pregnant, or if you think you could be pregnant and want to take a free pregnancy test at our clinic, call DAZZ Orangeburg. All of our services are 100% free, confidential, and private. Call us at (803) 937-3010 to schedule your free pregnancy test and learn about our other services, or schedule an appointment online using the link below.