Q: Can I get pregnant while I have my period?

A: It's unlikely that you ovulate while you have your period, but ovulation can happen very early in your cycle, especially if you have short menstrual cycles. Spermatozoa can survive for up to five days in the cervix and uterus. So, if you have sexual intercourse during your menses and you ovulate several days later, there is a chance that you could get pregnant. If you don't want to get pregnant, you should use contraception all the time, not just during your fertile period.