Can a woman get pregnant and get her period?

By Sara Salgado.
Last Update: 10/06/2017

No, a woman can’t have her menstrual period while she is pregnant. Some women may, however, have vaginal bleeding during pregnancy, which can be confused with menstrual bleeding. Menstruation only happens when you are not pregnant.

Each month, the uterine lining (endometrium) grows to prepare for an egg to embed there. If pregnancy does not occur, the woman sheds this tissue and bleeds, and that is what we know as menstrual period.

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 Sara Salgado
Sara Salgado
BSc, MSc
Embryologist
Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Master's Degree in Human Assisted Reproduction from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Certificate of University Expert in Genetic Diagnosis Techniques from the University of Valencia (UV).
Embryologist. Degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). Master's Degree in Human Assisted Reproduction from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). Certificate of University Expert in Genetic Diagnosis Techniques from the University of Valencia (UV).
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