Can a Girl Get Pregnant if She Has Never Had Her Period?

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Can a Girl Get Pregnant if She Has Never Had Her Period?

Can I get pregnant if I've never had my period?
- Ariana

Yes, a girl can get pregnant before she gets her first period.

Getting pregnant is related to ovulation. Because a girl can ovulate before having her first period, it is possible to become pregnant.

Pregnancy isn't the only concern about having sex — any time a girl has sex, especially unprotected sex, she runs the risk of getting a sexually transmitted disease (STD). Abstinence is the only way to 100% prevent STDs or unwanted pregnancy, but condoms are the next best thing. Condoms are the only birth control that offers protection against STDs, but they're not as good at preventing pregnancy as other kinds of birth control. Girls get the best protection if they use a condom every time they have sex, but also take a hormonal method of birth control (like the Pill).

If you have ever had sex, or are thinking about having sex, talk with your doctor about birth control options, STD testing, and ways to prevent STDs.

If you've had unprotected sex, a condom broke, or you used birth control but haven't had your period, see your doctor immediately to get tested for pregnancy and STDs.

Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD
Date reviewed: August 2013

*Names have been changed to protect user privacy.

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