What Are Chances of Getting Pregnant a Week Past Ovulation?



While very unlikely, it is possible to become pregnant during almost any point of your cycle. However, getting pregnant a week past ovulation is extremely rare.

To understand your chances of getting pregnant a week past ovulation, you need to understand how a woman’s ovulatory and menstrual cycle works, as well as how exactly conception occurs. Conception occurs in the fallopian tube, when thesperm meets your egg after ovulation. During a woman’s monthly cycle, one of her ovaries will release an egg into the fallopian tube. This is called ovulation. This egg can only survive for around one day in your fallopian tube. Therefore, a sperm would have to meet it pretty much right away when you ovulate.

If the egg is not fertilized, the egg and the lining of the uterus are shed. This is what causes your menstrual period. As you can see, the period and ovulation are two distinct times in a woman’s cycle.

Having said all of that, it is obvious that the optimum time for getting pregnant is when you ovulate. However, many things can cause you to ovulate later in the month than you typically would. Stress, dietary changes, illness, and becoming more physically active can all delay ovulation by as much as several days. If this occurs, you could technically be ovulating a week or so past the time that you normally experience ovulation.

Even if you ovulate just a few days late, it is possible for that egg that typically survives just one day to survive as many as three days, although this is extremely rare.

It is even possible for you to get pregnant while you are having your period. One of several things would have to happen in order for this to happen though. If you have a very short monthly cycle, you might start ovulating right at the very end of your period. The number of days in your monthly cycle is calculated by counting the number of days between the start of your period to the day before your next period starts. On average, 28 days is the normal cycle length. Another possibility is if you tend to bleed for a long period of time during your period. If this is the case, it could be that you are still bleeding long after you are actually done menstruating, and while you are actually ovulating.

There is another possible way that you can get pregnant while on your period. If your period ends just a few days before you ovulate, it is possible that the sperm can live inside of your body for several days. It could be that the sperm from as many as 6 or 7 days ago can make you pregnant.

Overall, it is very uncommon for a woman to get pregnant while on her period but not impossible.


Last modified: February 10, 2013