All the baby books tell you to have sex when you’re ovulating. That’s the basis of conception. One sperm fertilizing one egg means you’re parents. Following that logic, it makes sense that if you’re not ovulating, you won’t get pregnant. That logic, however, fails to take into account the longevity of sperm and the sometimes fickle nature of a woman’s reproductive cycle.
Birth control pills offer reliable and easy-to-use contraception, but sometimes life gets in the way and you simply forget to take a pill or miss a pill due to illness. Knowing what to do for a missed pill and how to effectively manage this situation can keep you feeling safe and prevent an unplanned pregnancy. Your pregnancy risk depends on the type of pill you take and when during your cycle you miss a pill.
While it's a common misconception that breastfeeding prevents you from getting pregnant again, many new moms end up with two babies close in age because they thought they were protected. The fact is, it's possible to ovulate while breastfeeding, which means you can conceive if you're sexually active during your fertile time. Here are some…
Technically, no. According to the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, an egg must be released from a woman’s ovary for pregnancy to occur. This process is called ovulation. During ovulation, a mature egg is released from the ovary and travels down the fallopian tube where it becomes available for fertilization. If ovulation does not occur, there is no natural way for the egg to become fertilized. However, a woman can get pregnant if she is not menstruating and before she knows ovulation has occurred.