I'm not on contraception but i've never fallen pregnant. Is something wrong with me?
Hi there, thanks for your question. It sounds like you are worried that you have not fallen pregnant yet.
In a regular 28 day cycle (getting your period every 4 weeks), a woman is usually most fertile and could fall pregnant between days 11–15, with day 1 being the first day of your period. A woman's egg is only fertile for 24 hours, but sperm can live in the vagina and uterus for several days after sex. This is the reason why a woman could fall pregnant as early as day 11, even though the egg is released on day 14. For more on this, have a look at the link below.
Depending on what time of the month you are having sex will depend on whether there is a good chance of you becoming pregnant or not.
You didn't say if you are trying to fall pregnant or not. Couples who are actively trying to fall pregnant who try without using protection (such as condoms or the pill) for a period of 12 months or more without falling pregnant are often considered infertile and need to see a doctor for specialist information and advice.
It would be a good idea for you to talk with your doctor about what you have experienced. They will be able to see if there is anything to worry about and may run some tests. There could be a number of reasons why you haven't fallen pregnant, such as due to weight, your general health, how regular your period is, how healthy your eggs are or how healthy your partner's sperm is. The doctor will be able to discuss all of this with you in detail.
You said that you have been having unprotected sex for a number of years now. You didn't say if you have had a sexual health check up done before though. Because you have had unprotected sex, it's a good idea to have a check up done to see if you have any sexually transmissible infections (STIs). Some STIs, such as chlamydia and gonorrhoea, can lead to infertility if they are left untreated, so it's important to have regular tests done and to have any STIs treated. Some STIs can be tested for with a simple urine test by your doctor, local sexual health clinic, youth health clinic or some women's health clinics. To find a clinic close to you, try searching the services directory (see link below).
All the best.