Can You Get Pregnant on the Day You Ovulate?

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1. What Is Ovulation?

Many women know that ovulation is important to getting pregnant, but they don’t fully understand what ovulation is and what takes place during this very important time in a woman’s cycle. Today we are going to talk more about ovulation in detail and how it associates with getting pregnant. So, what is ovulation?

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Ovulation is the process of the mature egg being released from the Fallopian tube, where it will travel down to the uterus to potentially be fertilized and result in a pregnancy. When you are trying to conceive, you will quickly get familiar with ovulation and the way our body works. This is because ovulation is the key process in getting pregnant, and if a woman does not ovulate properly, she is not going to be able to get pregnant without medical intervention.

2. When Is Ovulation?

Ovulation for every woman is different. There are only a few short hours, between 12-48 to be exact, when a woman can possibly get pregnant. This is the time that the egg is released and travels down the fallopian tube. After about 48 hours or so, the egg begins to disintegrate and die.

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That is why if you are trying to get pregnant, it is so important to know when your ovulation days are. Obviously, women ovulate on different days, and there is no way to know when each woman’s ovulation cycle will occur. Ovulation can be calculated by starting with the first day of the last menstrual period (LMP) or by calculating 12-16 days from the next expected period.

Most women will ovulate between day 11 and day 21 of their period. There are lots of tools out there to help you track your ovulation cycles. You can use an ovulation predictor test, a basal body thermometer, chart your cervical mucus, use an app or software program, and some women even know how to chart using only the position of their cervix.

3. What To Know

If you are wanting to get pregnant it is very important to figure out when your ovulation days are. If you want to get pregnant, consider having sex a few days prior to your ovulation day. This is because sperm can live longer than the egg and can be there ready to fertilize the egg once it is released. Also, if two eggs are released at the same time, and they are fertilized, that is when twins result. Sometimes this happens, but not too often.

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It is important to know that just because a woman does not have her period does not mean that she did not ovulate, and just because she ovulates doesn’t mean that she will have a period. Ovulation can sometimes be confusing but it is a very important part of getting pregnant.

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Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.