Can You Get Pregnant From Intercourse After Ovulation?



 

There is a lot of confusion among women on whether or not you can get pregnant from intercourse after ovulation. And the correct answer is, yes you can, but only for a very short time.  It is imperative that you understand your menstruation pattern and ovulation timings to understand how and when you may get pregnant.

Understanding Ovulation

Ovulation, simply put, is the release of the mature ovum from the follicle in to the fallopian tubes. Ovulation usually occurs around day 14 of a regular 28-day menstrual cycle.  Once the ovum is thus released, it is available to a mature sperm for fertilization for 12 to 24 hours before it begins to disintegrate. This is the most fertile period of your cycle and during ovulation your chances of conception are highest.

The time of ovulation within the menstrual cycle is determined by the luteal phase, which is usually 12 to 16 days long in most women. You can calculate the time of ovulation within your cycle by subtracting the length of your luteal phase from the length of your cycle. For example, if your cycle is 28 days long and your luteal phase is 12 days long, the ovulation will occur on day 16 of your cycle. The exact time of ovulation may vary within your cycle even if you have religiously regular menstrual cycles. This is because ovulation can be delayed by a number of factors such as stress, illness, diet, or increased physical activity.

How can I get pregnant from intercourse after ovulation?

For women who are trying to get pregnant, it is often advised that they should have intercourse  before ovulation. This helps in conception since the sperm from the man is deposited into the cervix and as soon as the ovum is released, it has the opportunity to be fertilized. But this in no means limits the woman’s ability to get pregnant after ovulation. In fact her chances of getting pregnant only depend on when she ovulates and how that is timed with intercourse. Considering the fact that the ovum starts to disintegrate 12 to 24 hours, there is a small chance that your partner’s sperm can fertilize the egg for a short time after the egg has been released into the fallopian tubes.  Keep in mind that the chances of getting pregnant this way dramatically decreases the further away from ovulation you are.

So if you are trying to get pregnant, cheers, you can try to have intercourse anytime near ovulation to increase your chances of getting pregnant, periods or not! It will greatly help you if you chart your ovulation pattern and also monitor your cervical mucus. In addition maintaining a chart of your basal body temperature will also be very helpful in pin pointing that fertile window which can help you conceive faster. For more information on any of these topics, please feel free to navigate our site.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    You should take a pregnancy test.

  • sarahcyla

    Hi, I had my period April 5th. My next cycle is due May 3rd. Me and my partner been having sex off and on since we are ttc. For 3 days now IV been having this pain like pressure in my left side lower stomach and mild cramps come and go with it but that pain on the side stays… Also hurts when I lay on my stomach.. Also today April 26th I went to go eat at my favorite restaurant and as I began to eat my food (a small amount) I felt sick to my stomach also felt like puking.. I had to push my food away.. Why am I having this pain on my lower left side … I am also a mother of 2 kids and in my twenty’s.. Pls HELP…

  • Cogirl112

    Hi, so my lip was May 19, trying to figure out what day I conceived! 4 weeks pregnant June 20. Had sex may 31, and June 4th all in my ovulation window! My cycles range from 21-28 days usually last 5-7 days. Which date do you think? My on said June 2nd but didn’t have sex that day?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    Considering how widely your cycle varies, there is not real way to tell when exactly you ovulated unless you are certain of what day you ovulated on.

  • Jessica Ortega

    My period came june 6 and ended the 11th my cycles are usually 29-32. we had sex june 18 and june 20 im supposed to be ovulating today the 22nd could i still get pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It’s possible. Sperm can survive up to 5 days after ejaculation so there may be some waiting for the release of the egg.

  • Mrnetzone

    My cycle is normally 28days for 3 consecutive months and then may upto 30 days. Last period was on 27 may. Today is 29 may And i miss my period. Nothing happen so far. I check twice with home pregnancy test but shows negative.
    My ovulation day is after 11 days period.
    Until today nothing happened, now my concern is- until today 33 days i am missing my period and showing -ve test.

    Why is this happening? Am i pregnant? I was having food poison on 19th june due to party on 18th june. So i had vomit and diarrohea. Since then nothing happene

  • Mrnetzone

    My cycle is normally 28days for 3 consecutive months and then may upto 30 days. Last period was on 27 may. Today is 29 And i miss my period. Nothing happen so far. I check twice with home pregnancy test but shows negative.
    My ovulation day is after 11 days period.
    Until today nothing happened, now my concern is- until today 33 days i am missing my period and showing -ve test.

    Why is this happening? Am i pregnant? I was having food poison on 19th june due to party on 18th june. So i had vomit and diarrohea. Since then nothing happened
    Whats the cause behind my missing period?
    Thanks

  • riya

    Hey vickie, Need ur help.
    My late period date was 2 june and I had unprotected sex on 30th june. Generally my cycle days r 28 to 30 days.
    So my period should starts on either 30th or 2nd july max. But its 6th july today, still not started. What r the chances of getting pregnant? I dont want to get pregnant now. Plz advice

  • Margret

    Okay so I had my period on june 10th-13 then ovulated on the 28th but didnt have sex till the 29th. Its been two weeks now and im due to start my period on July 12th but all this week ive been cramping which I usually dont start cramping till the day before my period or the day of. My nipples have been tingly and soar on and off and ive been getting really bad heartburn and nausea but no vomiting. Can I be pregnant?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    It’s possible but until you take a pregnancy test, there is no way to really tell.

  • http://www.babyhopes.com Fiz

    hi, my period starting date is 25th of every month of year , I cant judge MC to predict ovulation. would u please help me to predict my day of ovulation and which is the best dates of month for sex for conceiving?

  • http://www.babyhopes.com/ Vickie B.

    You can calculate it yourself using our ovulation calendar. http://www.babyhopes.com/ovulation-calendar.html

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