Chances of Getting Pregnant When You Have Sex on an Ovulation Day

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When you are trying to get pregnant, it’s no secret that timing is everything. Many couples want to know what their chances are of getting pregnant during different portions of their cycle, so they can maximize their chances. Read on for more info about conceiving on ovulation day, before ovulation and after ovulation as well.

1. Pre Ovulation Chances

If you try to get pregnant in the days leading up to ovulation, you actually have pretty good odds. Many fertility specialists suggest that their patients have sex every other day or even every single day during the week leading up to ovulation.

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The premise behind this is that the sperm can actually live up to five days in the body, whereas the egg can only live for around 24-48 hours.  When a couple has sex during the week leading up to ovulation, they can set the stage, so to speak, and have the sperm ready and waiting for the egg to be released.

2. Ovulation Day Chances

For most women, ovulation comes 14 days before your period is scheduled to begin. If you are able to pinpoint your day of ovulation, and have sex within 36 hours of when the egg is released, your likelihood of getting pregnant is very high. However, it is important to time your sex for precisely the right time in order to experience this high chance of conception.

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Ovulation predictor kits are especially helpful for this, since they will tell you precisely when the LH surge has been detected in your body. Once you get a positive result from the ovulation predictor kit test, go ahead and have sex on that day, even more than once on that day if possible. This will give you a great chance of getting pregnant on ovulation day.

3. Post Ovulation Chances

Is there a chance of conceiving once ovulation has already occurred? It’s highly unlikely. After the egg is released, it is only able to survive for 24 hours, maybe 48 hours at the most. After ovulation, you will move into what is known as the luteal phase of your cycle.

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This is when progesterone starts to rise, and the body gets the signal that no more eggs need to be produced. So, pretty much, once your egg is released and goes away unfertilized, nothing really happens in regards to getting pregnant until next month.

This is why many couples who are not looking to get pregnant try to chart their ovulation, so they can do the opposite of a couple who is trying to conceive, and have sex only on their non-fertile days. Don’t worry, after ovulation, you are good to go for another month.

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.