Can I Get Pregnant the First Time I Have Sex?

The quick and easy answer is: absolutely. A woman’s risk of getting pregnant has nothing to do with her virginity status and everything to do with the sex she’s having right now.

A bit of background: women start releasing an egg about once a month when they go through puberty. When the ovary releases an egg, it travels slowly down the fallopian tube to the uterus where it hangs out for a day or two waiting to get fertilized. If the egg is not fertilized, the uterus will shed its lining along with the unfertilized egg. This is called a period or menstruation (every lady’s favorite time of the month, right?), and once a woman has had her first one, she’s officially able to get pregnant. That means any time a man’s sperm is released inside her vagina—we want to repeat that: any time a man’s sperm is released into her vagina—pregnancy is possible. It doesn’t matter if it’s her first time having sex, her tenth or her one hundredth.

What’s more, every time a guy cums, he releases millions of those little swimmers, and—crazy fact—sperm can live for up to five days in a woman’s body, which extends the time period during which she can become pregnant. Plus, women don’t always ovulate on the same day of their cycle, especially if their periods are irregular. So although an egg is only around for a day or two, you might not be able to tell exactly when that is. That means you should always use an effective method of birth control if you don’t want to get pregnant, and remember that condoms are the only method that protects against STDs.