When's the Best Time to Have Sex and Avoid Pregnancy?enteenshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/T-expertAnswersRev-enHD-AR1.jpgFind out what the experts have to say.periods, menstruation, pregnant, pregnancy, bleeding, ovulation, fertile, sexually transmitted diseases, stds, condom, having sex during my period, sex and periods, ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus05/16/200710/22/201810/22/2018Amy W. Anzilotti, MD10/15/2018cf3428f1-faa2-4000-aec1-26cb2d9017f2https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/avoid-pregnancy.html/<p><em>Based on your menstrual cycle, when's the best time to have sex so you have the lowest chance of pregnancy?<br /> </em>– <em>Maura*</em></p> <p>The time a girl is most likely to get pregnant is about halfway between periods, when ovulation happens. Ovulation is when an egg is released from the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/female-repro.html/">ovaries</a>.</p> <p>But trying to time things to a &quot;safe&quot; time can lead to an accidental pregnancy. That's because it's very hard to predict exactly when the egg will be released. And girls can be fertile for several days before and after they ovulate.</p> <p>Couples having sex should use a more reliable <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bc-chart.html/">birth control method</a> to prevent pregnancy, like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-birth.html/">birth control pills</a> or the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-patch.html/">patch</a>. And always use <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-condom.html/">condoms</a> to help prevent <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std.html/">STDs</a>.</p> <p><em>*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.</em></p>
About Birth ControlBefore you consider having sex, you need to know how to protect yourself. Read this article to get the basics on birth control.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception.html/90f91fa7-99ad-4e73-aab1-4ec8af08e95d
Birth Control Methods: How Well Do They Work?Some birth control methods work better than others. This chart compares how well different birth control methods work.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/bc-chart.html/31584a43-ad61-44da-83a6-046a5a64825a
Do You Need a Pelvic Exam to Get Birth Control?Find out what the experts have to say.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/pelvic-exam-bc.html/a2663a38-0898-4c4f-91d0-b2412c1bf458
Emergency ContraceptionEmergency contraception is a way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex; for example, if a condom breaks or slips off during sex. It is also available to teens who are forced to have unprotected sex.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-emergency.html/8660d5a6-a096-489d-8bed-1507cd97ad00
Fertility AwarenessLearn what the fertility awareness (rhythm method) of birth control is and how it works - and some of the reasons why it might not work for teens.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/contraception-rhythm.html/e0be269d-ed14-492d-8fa6-35ec9e3c3a10
STDs (Sexually Transmitted Diseases)You've probably heard lots of discouraging news about sexually transmitted diseases. The good news is that STDs can be prevented. Find out how to protect yourself.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/std.html/587b3e0c-bd0d-4d3c-93fa-6e8b38768ac2
Talking to Your Partner About CondomsSome people - even those who are having sex - are embarrassed by the topic of condoms. Here are some tips for talking about condoms with your partner.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/teens/talk-about-condoms.html/0bb7d994-2553-4c59-a7a7-fb63eb0926fc
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