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Do women really not have to use contraception immediately after the period?
Almost every woman is happy when the violent menstrual pain finally ends after the end of menstruation. Some believe that you can also have unprotected sex during this time and do not have to worry about contraception. But is that really true?
Prevention with pill and condoms preferred
Contraception with pill and condom is preferred for the majority of German citizens. A study conducted by the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) a few years ago found that around 53 percent of sexually active adults use the contraceptive pill and around 37 percent use condoms. But taking the drug is also associated with unpleasant side effects. Therefore, many women prefer to protect themselves against an unwanted pregnancy in other ways. There are various hormone-free alternatives to the pill, the effectiveness of which has been proven and which cause little or no strain on health.
When it comes to prevention, very abstruse theories are circulating. Among other things, it says that a woman cannot get pregnant right after her period: is that really true? (Image: detailblick-foto / fotolia.com)
Do women manage without contraception after their period?
However, there are abstruse theories about contraception. You can hear, among other things: "Immediately after your period, women cannot get pregnant", which is why you can then have unprotected sex without hesitation. But do women really do without contraception right after their menstruation? Not with 100% certainty, said the president of the professional association of gynecologists (BVF), Christian Albring, in a message from the news agency dpa.
Sometimes the egg takes longer to ripen
As the expert explained, pregnancy is fundamentally possible if a woman has sex around and especially shortly after ovulation. "This usually happens 10 to 14 days after the start of the last menstruation," says Albring. According to the doctor, it rarely happens that ovulation is triggered much earlier - for example, shortly after the period. "It is also possible that the egg takes much longer to mature." So if women do not want to get pregnant, it is better to use contraception shortly after their period.
Contraception with the temperature method
One form of natural contraception is the temperature method. "The basal body temperature method is based on the observation that the body temperature increases measurably about two days after ovulation and remains elevated until the start of the menstrual period," writes the professional association of gynecologists (BVF) on the website "Frauenaerzte-im-netz.de". And further: "With the temperature method, it can be determined afterwards whether ovulation has occurred." In addition to an exact thermometer, a cycle calendar is required in which the values measured daily are entered and the temperature profile can be checked. (ad)