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Viral TikTok Video Explains a Woman's Experience of Being Pregnant While Bleeding Regularly

Viral TikTok Video Explains a Woman's Experience of Being Pregnant While Bleeding Regularly

Experts say pregnancy while having a period is not possible. But a woman on TikTok recently went viral after she revealed she only knew about her pregnancy when she was almost six months along. The mystifying thing is she was still on the pill at that time and was having regular menstruation months before. Surprisingly, many women could relate to her experience. Here’s Nydia Vasquez’s story.

The Viral TikTok Video

In the viral video describing her doctor’s visit, Nydia pretty much knew she was pregnant and just wanted to determine exactly how far along she was. She even told the nurse it’s probably early on since she had her period three weeks before.

But when the doctor checked, Nydia learned she was almost 6 months along!

This “stressed her to the max” because it was her first year teaching, so she wasn’t eating the healthiest. She also went to a couple of events where she had drinks. She was even taking her contraceptive pill every night. On top of that, she had a regular period months before she learned about her pregnancy.

At that point, all she could think about was “Is the baby okay?”

Doctors: Pregnancy While Having A Period Is Not Possible

Thankfully, Nydia’s baby, Román, is completely healthy. But is pregnancy while having a period really possible? After all, when she posted the video, many women resonated with her experience.

According to experts, pregnancy while having a period is not possible². Menstruation occurs because the egg released by the ovary wasn’t fertilized. When fertilization occurs, the fertilized egg will implant itself in the womb, resulting in pregnancy.

In other words, pregnancy and menstruation cannot occur together.

Nydia May Have Been Experiencing Spotting

Pregnancy while having a period is not possible, but doctors say, women could experience spotting or bleeding.

There are several possible causes of bleeding during pregnancy. For instance, bleeding within 10 to 14 days may be due to implantation, when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus. During the 2nd and 3rd trimesters, bleeding could be due to problems with the cervix³.

Of course, there are also instances when bleeding signifies other serious concerns, such as ectopic pregnancy, placenta previa, preterm birth, or miscarriage.

The good news is, according to the American Pregnancy Association, 50% of women who experience bleeding during pregnancy continue to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby. Still, they recommend reporting any kind of spotting or bleeding while pregnant.

Doctors also advise women to learn about the early signs of pregnancy and to get in touch with a healthcare provider as soon as they suspect they are pregnant.

Pregnancy While On The Pill: Is It Possible?

After learning that pregnancy while having a period is not possible, let’s talk about the possibility of getting pregnant while on the pill.

According to experts, while pills, when used correctly, offer more than 90% effectiveness, the chance of pregnancy is still there. For instance, the Center for Disease Control reported that the typical use of contraceptive pills may still lead to unintended pregnancies for 9 out of 100 women⁶.

Common reasons why contraceptive pills fail are missed doses, not taking them properly, throwing up after taking them or having other medicines that may interfere with their effectiveness.

Key Takeaways

Is pregnancy while having a period possible? According to experts, it’s not. However, a pregnant woman may experience a form of spotting or bleeding that may be mistaken as menstruation.

Is it possible to get pregnant while on the pill? Experts say pills generally have a high percentage of effectiveness, but pregnancy is still possible.

If you suspect pregnancy, please get in touch with your doctor right away. Likewise, report any kind of bleeding while you’re pregnant.

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Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Sources

1. This Woman’s TikTok About Her Surprise Pregnancy Went Viral Because She Was Still Bleeding Monthly, So We Asked A Doctor All About It, https://www.buzzfeed.com/simrinsingh/viral-surprise-pregnancy, Accessed October 4, 2021

2. Can You Still Have Your Period If You’re Pregnant?, https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/period-pregnancy.html, Accessed October 4, 2021

3. Bleeding during pregnancy, https://www.mayoclinic.org/symptoms/bleeding-during-pregnancy/basics/causes/sym-20050636, Accessed October 4, 2021

4. Spotting During Pregnancy, https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/pregnancy-concerns/spotting-during-pregnancy/, Accessed October 4, 2021

5. Why contraception fails – and how to choose a method that works, https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/blog/why-contraception-fails-and-how-to-choose-a-method-that-works, Accessed October 4, 2021

6. Appendix D: Contraceptive Effectiveness, https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/rr6304a5.htm, Accessed October 4, 2021

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Written by Lorraine Bunag, R.N. Updated 4 weeks ago
Fact Checked by Kristel Lagorza