Know your safe period for low-risk sex

  • By Dr. T Deepa Porkodi

Not every act of sexual intercourse will result in pregnancy. There are days when your chances of conception are very high and days when the chances are almost nil. Know these days to help you enjoy a rocking sex life!

The menstrual cycle starts from the day the bleeding starts and ends about 28 days after that, on an average ovulation occurs around 14th day of the menstrual cycle.

The 14th day is the ideal day theoretically. Since every woman’s menstrual cycle differs, the day of the ovulation also differs. Hence doctors calculate the fertile period as the 12th day to the 18th day of the menstrual cycle. This is the period when the chances of ovulating and hence getting pregnant are very high.

The 1st to the 7th day and the 19th day to the start of the next cycle are the days when the ovulation chances are very less. This means if you make love during these days, there are very less chances of getting pregnant.

This is the case with women who have regular period cycles.

In case the cycles are irregular, then you would need to do a bit of math for calculating the safe period.

For example, if your shortest cycle is of 26 days and the longest cycle has been of 31 days, then-
26-18= 8 and 31-10=21

The 8th day to the 21st day are the fertile days; 1st day to the 7th day and then the 21st day until the day the next cycle starts are the days that are safe to enjoy sex without fear of getting pregnant.

Opting to have sex during the ‘safe period’ isn’t fool-proof though. A lot of women have irregular cycles and the cycle length can vary from women to women. That’s why the so-called 'safe period' is, in truth, not that safe! And it’s better to use condoms or other contraceptive methods like the oral pill to prevent unwanted pregnancies.