5 Ways You Really Probably Can’t Get Pregnant When Having Sex

You Really Probably Can't Get Pregnant

By Jenn Sinrich | Originally Published on Parents | Featuring Dr. Sherry Ross

Most of us spend the better part of our fertile years actively trying not to get pregnant, so it’s always an unpleasant surprise to learn that it’s not actually that easyto conceive. The reality is there is a relatively short window during a woman’s cycle that she can get pregnant whether or not she’s on birth control or actively trying.

In fact, there’s really only a 48-hour period that is ideal for conceiving, according to Anate Brauer, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist at the Greenwich Fertility and IVF Centers and assistant professor of OB/GYN at NYU School of Medicine. Of course, every woman is different, as are her monthly cycles, so it’s never a sure bet to say that there’s any week or day when you absolutely cannot get pregnant (so always use protection if you’re not trying to conceive).

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