Frequently Asked Questions on Periods And Pregnancy—A Gynae Answers

Sleepless wondering why your period is late? Or whether you can get pregnant during periods? A gynaecologist answers all sorts of questions on periods.

11 Apr 2022

You spoke and we heard! Our Instagram has been buzzing with all sorts of questions on periods. So we spoke with gynaecologist Dr. Priyanka Sinha, senior consultant department of obstetrics and gynaecology, Apollo Multi-speciality Hospital, Kolkata to address some of your most common concerns surrounding menstrual health. Take a look:


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1. How can I get my periods fast?

You can change the cycle of your periods by taking certain medications like birth control pills as they alter hormone levels, however always consult a gynaecologist before self-medicating. The general advice is that if you can help it, it is best not to alter your natural menstrual cycle.


2. Can I conceive while still on periods?

Dr. Sinha states, “Possibilities of conceiving while menstruating is low, but there still a chance. You are always at the risk of getting pregnant anytime during your menstrual cycle if you have had unprotected sex.”

According to a 2021 research issued in the National Health Service, UK, you can get pregnant while you have vaginal bleeding or spotting due to ovulation which is the stage when the ovaries release a mature egg. sperm can survive in the uterus for five days, which means, if you’ve had unprotected sex 3-4 days or just before the start of your periods, there is an increased chances of getting pregnant.


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3. How do I fix my irregular period cycle?

Irregular periods are common. This can happen due to initial stages of puberty, start of menopause (between 45-55 years), lifestyle changes, birth control pills, eating habits, or stress. It can also occur because of some medical health issues such as Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) or thyroid disorders. To regularise your menstrual cycle, maintain a healthy lifestyle, exercise regularly, and lower your stress levels. If you notice an irregularity in periods for more than two consecutive months, then you should consult a gynaecologist to rule out the possibility of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and check for other concerns.


4. Why is my period late?

Although exercising is beneficial in relieving period pain, strenuous workouts can impact hormones that are responsible for menstruation. As a result, you might experience very little flow, irregularity, or very late monthly flows. "Other explanations might be sudden weight gain or loss, substance abuse or PCOS.


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5. Can I swim during periods?

Dr. Sinha remarks, “Yes, you can swim during your periods. Always use tampons, menstrual cups, or specialised menstrual swimwear that are made with super-absorbent lining to swim during periods.”



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