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In a perfect menstrual world, no, but in a real world, yes- it is possible. A person with a vagina gets pregnant when they ovulate, or release an egg, which generally happens once a month. But everyones cycle is different and can be influenced by stress, illness, travel and many other factors. In addition, some people with vaginas ovulate very regularly (nearly every time each month) where others ovulate very irregularly, making it difficult for a person with a vagina to predict when they’re going to ovulate. So, how can they get pregnant during their period?
If their cycle is short (less than 28 days) or they ovulate early, and they have vaginal sex with a person with a penis with no protection during their period, there could be a sperm (waiting in their fallopian tubes) to pounce on an egg as soon as it’s released. Sperm can live in the body for about 5 days. Bottom line? If you don’t want to get pregnant, always use protection during vaginal sex.