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People who are trying to have a child will go to great lengths to increase their chances of achieving pregnancy.  One of the most commonly asked questions relating to this quest is  “ how soon after ovulation will conception happen”?

Keep in mind that it is almost impossible for conception to occur at any time during the month, other than a short time period after ovulation.

What is Ovulation?

According to Web MD, ovulation normally occurs about two weeks before a woman’s period, and is the process whereby a group of eggs begins growing into tiny sacs filled with liquid, which are called follicles. It is during this time that a woman is at her most fertile and able to conceive a child.

What is Conception?

Now that you understand what ovulation is, it is important to understand what happens during conception. Conception occurs when the sperm meets the egg and fertilizes the egg inside one of the fallopian tubes, thus producing a new life. After a few days, the fertilized egg will travel to the woman’s uterus where it will implant itself into the wall of the uterus.

The only time when there is an egg in the fallopian tube, is during ovulation. The egg has the ability to survive for up to 24 hours when it is in the fallopian tube. Some women are luckier, and the egg will survive for up to three days after ovulation, almost guaranteeing that conception will occur – although these cases are extremely rare.

The best chance of conception happens when the sperm meets the egg almost immediately upon ovulation.

Can I Conceive After Ovulation?

There have been cases where women think that they have fallen pregnant while on their period. This is more common with women who have extremely short cycles. What happens is that the female could start ovulating immediately after her menstrual cycle and still be bleeding while she is ovulating leading her to believe that she is still in one phase of her cycle when she has in fact already moved on to the next stage.

Another factor that can make it seem like conception happens after ovulation is when ovulation itself occurs later in the cycle than usual. There are plenty of reasons for this, such as illness, dietary changes, an increase in physical activity, and, of course, stress. Other factors that can make it look like conception has occurred after ovulation are, irregular cycles, stress, bad diet, and travel. Stress, diet, and travel all have an enormous impact on a woman’s cycle and can cause delays in ovulation. Ovulation can sometimes occur as much as a week later than expected due to these factors.

It can appear as if conception has occurred during your period, although this is quite rare. This is usually the case with very short menstrual cycles, where you could start ovulation right the very next day after you have done menstruating. On the opposite end, if your periods are longer, it could be that you are still bleeding long after you finish menstruation, and while you are actually ovulating.

If you have a typical 28-day cycle, try to conceive on the 10th, 12th, 14th, and 16th days of your monthly cycle because these are the optimum times for conception to occur. This timing will also account for later-than-normal ovulation as sperm can survive for up to five days in a woman’s body.