Q: Is it possible to have your period and be pregnant?
A: Medically speaking, if there is a pregnancy, then a woman should not have a period.
However, there is a possibility that bleeding during the very early stages of pregnancy could be mistaken for a period.
A small percentage of pregnancies fail, causing a delayed, heavy period. Without a pregnancy test, a woman can assume it is an irregular period. If a faint positive pregnancy test was conducted prior to bleeding, you should seek medical advice.
Sometimes, there can also be bleeding in early pregnancy resembling a period. This is termed a threatened miscarriage and you should see a gynaecologist for further evaluation.
Dr Anthony Siow is a senior consultant at the Parkway Gynaecology Screening & Treatment Centre in Singapore