skip to main content Terrence Higgins Trust

article page



How does a woman become pregnant?

• As girls get older and mature into women their bodies start releasing eggs from their ovaries and they start having periods.
• Once a girl starts having periods this is a sign that she is able to get pregnant, regardless of how old she is.
• A woman can become pregnant if one of her eggs is fertilised by a man’s sperm when they have sex.
• Someone who thinks they might be pregnant would need to go to a clinic like Brook to find out what to do.

If you have any questions or are unsure about anything then ask a Talksafe Counsellor or Peer Mentor.


NHS: Am I pregnant?

Last review: 25/09/11 - Next review: 31/09/17

Was this information useful? Please provide your feedback with 1 being the least useful and 5 being the most useful. Thank you.


Add your comment
  • chrissforever11 08 June 2010 04:38 PM

    Can you get pregnant from oral sex?

  • Mentor

    Rose-Anne 29 June 2010 10:31 AM

    You can't get pregnant if you either give or receive oral sex. This is because there is no way for sperm from the penis to enter the uterus to fertilize an egg during oral sex. Also swallowing the sperm will not lead to pregnancy as the sperm will be killed by acid in your stomach. But be aware that oral sex can lead to the transmission of STIs such as chlamydia or genital herpes.

  • singer 25 August 2011 04:55 PM

    i think that people should not get fast into stuff they dont know about

  • Rosalinda 21 January 2012 02:02 PM

    What an awesome way to epxlian this-now I know everything!

  • hiit 18 March 2012 09:38 AM

    I like your fantastic web site. Just what I was searching for! Best regards

Leave a Comment


Get 100 points for every comments you make (but don't abuse it).

Talksafe Heroes

See all


Recent Comments

  • Lesbian

    Ami, Getting crushes on friends is always a touchy subject, it's really a delicate area, and there's never going to be a definite answer I'm afraid. However, often you can feel your way around your relationship :) If you've already been getting vibes of some sexual questioning on her end, then perhaps the best option is to be honest, if she's really your best friend, she should either tell you she's actually not straight, or not interested, Or (hopefully!) she'll confirm your suspicions and you two can talk about what the next step is. :) All the best, and Good luck with your friend! Ben/Bella

    Ben/Bella, 07/11/2015 02:00:51
  • Lesbian

    I really like my best friend and have a crush on her and I don't think she's completely straight. Should I just tell her or just leave it as friends.

    Ami, 30/10/2015 20:53:27

Terrence Higgins Trust uses cookies to improve your experience of our websites. For more information or to change the use of cookies, please click here.