Can You Get Pregnant after Ovulation?

Every month, women ovulate during their menstrual cycle. Although women can technically get pregnant after ovulation, it is not very likely. Ovulation is the point in the menstrual cycle where you are at your peak level of fertility. After ovulation, you can only get pregnant if the egg is still remaining or if you ovulate again. To gain a better understanding of your chances of getting pregnant, it is important to learn how to calculate your fertile days and your chance from day to day of getting pregnant.can-you-get-pregnant-after-ovulation

Is It Possible to Get Pregnant After Ovulation?

Once you have ovulated, the follicle releases an egg and you have about 12 to 48 hours where you can get pregnant. If male sperm fertilizes the egg during this time, a pregnancy will occur. Sperm are capable of living for up to five days in the female body when cervical mucus is present to give them a comfortable environment. Normally, sperm will travel to the fallopian tubes where they can wait to fertilize the egg as soon as it is released by the follicle. Once the sperm has been ejaculated, it will take six hours to swim from the cervix, through the uterus and into the fallopian tubes if it is in good health. Due to the timing of ovulation and sperm’s ability to remain in the uterus, it is possible to get pregnant for the first one or two days after ovulation.

In this list, we cover your statistical chances of getting pregnant on any day during the menstrual cycle.

5 days prior to ovulation: 0 percent
4 days prior to ovulation: 11 percent
3 days prior to ovulation: 15 percent
2 days prior to ovulation: 20 percent
1 day prior to ovulation: 26 percent
The day of ovulation: 15 percent
1 day after ovulation: 0.09 percent
2 days after ovulation: 0.05 percent
3 days after ovulation: 0 percent

As you can see from this list, your chances of getting pregnant increase up until the day before ovulation and then drop drastically following ovulation.

Calculating Your Fertile Days

If you can learn how to track your cervix height, basal body temperature and cervical mucus, you can predict when ovulation will occur. In addition, there are cheap home tests that you can take that will tell you if you are currently ovulating.

Figuring Out Your Calendar

The average menstrual cycle is 28 days, and women typically ovulate 10 to 14 days before their period starts. This means that the average woman ovulates around day 14 to day 18 of their menstrual cycle. If your menstrual cycle is longer or shorter than average, you can just subtract 10 to 14 from the length to figure out when you are likely to be ovulating. Your egg is only available for fertilization for about 12 to 24 hours, so it is important that sperm is present at or before this time period. For women with a normal menstrual cycle, having sex every other day from day 12 to day 18 can help you to become pregnant. If you are trying not to get pregnant, remember that sperm can live in your body for up to five days, so you do not want to have unprotected sex prior to ovulation or for several days afterward.



Is It Possible to Ovulate Two Times in a Single Menstrual Cycle?

Whenever your FSH hormones increase, the follicles are stimulated to release an egg and you become fertile. This mixture of hormones is designed to push your body through the menstrual cycle and are at their peak for just 24 hours. After ovulation, your hormone levels immediately start to drop and your body begins to prepare for menstruation.

Although it is unlikely, it is possible for two follicles to release an egg during ovulation. If this occurs, then you will have fraternal twins. Roughly 1 to 3 percent of pregnancies that are carried to term have fraternal twins. It is widely thought that one out of eight pregnancies actually have two fertilized eggs, but these pregnancies do not result in twins because one embryo does not last longer than a couple of weeks. When this happens, the body reabsorbs the embryo naturally.

What Happens to Your Body After Ovulation?

If you are pregnant, the egg will have been fertilized by the sperm to make a zygote. This zygote will spend five days traveling down the fallopian tube to reach the uterus. Once there, it will divide into a blastocyst and implant at about eight to ten days post-ovulation. Until the blastocyst implants on the uterine wall, you will have noticed very few changes in the body. At implantation, you may experience some spotting that you may mistake for menstruation. Once it has implanted, the blastocyst will begin to grow and release hormones that seal the cervix while signaling the endometrium to thicken.

If you do not get pregnant during ovulation, the egg will start to move down the fallopian tubes within two days. At this time, it will disintegrate and be reabsorbed by the body. The corpus luteum in your body will keep producing progesterone for 12 to 14 days, but it will ultimately stop and blood will begin flowing from the uterus. As this happens, your period will start.


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    • It is certainly possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the symptoms that you are experiencing for signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test fie days after your normal period date. You can confirm your result with a medical professional. Best of luck, Mimi!

  1. Hi. My ovulation ended on the 12th of this month, i had unprotected sex the next night, the 13th going into the 14th .. he did ejaculate fully inside of me. How likely is pregnancy?

    • It is most certainly possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm our result with a medical professional. Best of luck, Anon!

  2. My friend ovulated 12/14 and had unprotected sex 12/25. She got her period 12/28 and got it in January 1/22 but didn’t get one in February. According to her calculations, it should’ve arrived on 2/18 but she is now 12 days late. She has been cramping and thought her period was coming, but got nothing. Pregnancy test was negative. Could she be pregnant?

    • It is possible that she is pregnant. Twelve days late is long enough that she may want to speak with a medical professional. She should make an appointment at this time, and she should continue to monitor her experiences for signs of pregnancy. Wish your friend the best of luck, Sheila!

  3. My last period started around the 27-28 of Jan( can’t quite recall exactly due to my child being in and out of hospital that week). I only go for 3-4 days. On Feb 12 I had unprotected sex. I have cramps but very light and more of a pinch feeling. Breast are little sensitive. And I have yet to go ravenous on sweets.I actually don’t feel like eating. Had headaches and dizziness. With my son I never had morning sickness until 3 months in. So is ot possible I might be pregnant? And should wait to test around a week from now?

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Speak with a medical professional to confirm the results of your test. Best of luck, Jen!

  4. Sorry, one more thing I would like to add. Since im not entirely sure when the last time my period was, I could have been off about a day or two and that puts me at a fertile day the day I had unprotected sex (the day after ovulation) I also forgot to put headaches, back pain and leg cramps in my list of symptoms.

    • It is good that you have chosen to stop smoking. This will help maintain the health of you and your child. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. It is certainly possible that you are pregnant. Make an appointment with a medical professional. Best of luck, Felicity!

  5. I had sex on the 14th (unprotected) but ovulated on the 11th. (So I had sex three days after ovulation) I heard that it is possible to get pregnant 5 days after ovulation (one woman did) I have been having pregnancy symptoms (bloating, cramps, nausea, (which I dont get nausea untill the first day of my period) tender breasts and frequent urination (I checked for a UTI, I dont have one) I did also recently quit smoking and the withdrawal symptoms seem to mimic early pregnancy symptoms. I’ve done so much research I feel my head might explode.

    • It is good that you have chosen to stop smoking. This will help maintain the health of you and your child. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. It is certainly possible that you are pregnant. Make an appointment with a medical professional. Best of luck, Felicity!

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Pecum has the potential, however unlikely, to cause pregnancy. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having for additional signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Confirm the results of your test by making an appointment with a doctor. Best of luck, Meagan!

  6. Hi im trying to get pregnant i was diagnosed with pcos. The first day of my period was january 23 and i ovulated on February 7 with the help of clomid and metformin my husband and i had sex 2 days before and on the 7 too. Is there any chances that i can get pregnant? And if i did when can i take a pregnancy test ?

    • It is possible that you are pregnant. Monitor your experiences for pregnancy symptoms. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. You can confirm the results of your test by making an appointment with a doctor. Best of luck, Vanessa!

  7. I had unprotected sex on January 1st not sure if it was a day after ovulation.He did not get to finish because I pushed him away. I did not want to have sex so it only lasted maybe a few seconds ot a minute. I am still worried about pre-ejaculation though. So on that same day I took a genric form of emergency contraception and bleed a week after heavy with intense cramps on January 14th it lasted like a normal period for 6 days. I expected a period because I had my normal PMS symptoms only that I wasn’t expecting to start till around the 16th or 17th. I should start my period in a few days for February, but unsure because I know the emergency pill can change my cycle. Just to be sure I took a pregnancy test February 6th and 7th they were all negative. Would a postive shøw by now since I had unprotected intercourse on January 1st or does it still take the following month to get pregnant which is this month February or would I have already been pregnant. I have been having pregnancy symptoms, but unsure if it is related to that because I recently was dignosed with PID and taking antibiotics as well as intense itching down their so I have no way of knowing. I was diagnosed on January 30th and my OBGYN did an ultrasound and pelvic examination and said I wasn’t pregnant and it seemed the pill worked which is why I bled in that month, but I still do not feel convinced because I am afraid if what of it was too soon to know. Any thoughts or advice please and thank you worried sick and stressed.

    • Your doctor said that you are not pregnant after doing an ultrasound and pelvic examination. Trust your doctor. You will want to continue to monitor your experiences at this time, but it is almost certain that you are not pregnant. Best of luck, Star!

    • It is certainly possible that you are pregnant, especially if you choose to have unprotected sex during your ovulation period. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having as you move forward. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. Best of luck, Sam!

    • You run the risk of becoming pregnant anytime that you choose to have unprotected sex. It is certainly possible that you are pregnant. Continue to monitor the experiences that you are having of signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period date. You will be able to confirm your test results with your doctor. Best of luck, Irene!

  8. Im trying to get pregnant so I had unprotected sex on the January the 19th,2017 nd I ovulated on the 18th of january2017 and have been feeling fatigue and ever sleepy than usual and constantly wanting to pee nd I get pain in my lower abdominal feeling weird in my stomach lately and sometimes I feel nauesa is there a chance that I might be pregnant. ?

    • It is possible to become pregnant anytime that you choose to have unprotected sex. You may be pregnant, so continue to monitor your experiences for signs of pregnancy. Take a pregnancy test five days after your normal period start date. You will be able to confirm the findings of your test with a medical professional. Best of luck, Jocelyn!

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