Have you been trying for a baby for a while and now you are disappointed since the month’s ovulation period is over? If you are wondering if there is a chance, even the slightest, of you getting pregnant after ovulation, there is some good news. You can actually get pregnant if you have intercourse after ovulation.
Here is a brief explanation of how ovulation works.
What is ovulation?
Ovulation is the term used to describe the process by which a mature ovum is released in to the fallopian tubes. On a normal 28 day menstrual cycle, this process occurs around the 14th day. Should the egg come into contact with a mature sperm in a maximum of 48 hours after it is released, then fertilization occurs.
This is when a woman is most likely to get pregnant. After this period, the egg starts disintegrating, thereby lowering one’s chances of getting pregnant.
More often than not, the 14 days are incorrectly counted from the day the menses cease. However, the right calculation starts from the first day of the menses.
Assuming that the average period of menstruation lasts around 5 days, ovulation occurs 9 days later. The time between the last day of ovulation and the last day of the menstrual cycle is referred to as luteal phase.
The question: Can you get pregnant after ovulation?
The answer is yes, there is a short period after ovulation during which a woman can get pregnant. This is how it works. Since the ovum is viable up to 2 days after it is released, fertilization is possible, if a viable sperm is available.
Sperms take an average of six hours to swim into the fallopian tubes. A healthy sperm can stay up to 5 days in a woman’s body. Therefore, should a woman have intercourse within two days of ovulating, there is a chance of getting pregnant.
Tips on how to get pregnant after ovulation
Most couples who are trying for a baby usually take ovulation tests. Therefore, they are more likely to time the intercourse to around the time the ovulation test is positive. However, since the sperms can survive in the body for five days, having intercourse a few days to ovulation can still lead to pregnancy.
It is, therefore, advisable to have intercourse on a daily basis when nearing ovulation to increase the chances of getting pregnant. Intercourse on the actual day of ovulation is the best shot at pregnancy.
Conception is a process that is subject to so many factors besides ovulation. To increase the chances of fertilization, the lady can raise the hips slightly when lying on the back to help the sperms get to the egg.
Keep in mind the fact that the longer the sperms stay in the body, the higher the chances of fertilization.
During the period leading to ovulation, it is advisable to avoid substances like tea and coffee as they contain caffeine. It is also healthy to avoid alcohol and smoking.
Stress hormones are usually counterproductive if you are trying for a baby. Therefore, to increase your body’s receptivity to pregnancy, remember to keep away from stressful situations.
Keep in mind that the most important day is the first day the ovulation test shows positive results. This is because it is an indication that ovulation will occur within 72 hours. Intercourse at this period is highly recommended since the chances of getting pregnant are pretty high.
According to recent studies, it is advisable to have intercourse in the morning, especially during the 48 hour of ovulation. This is because the sperm count is at its highest in the morning than at any other time of the day.
The woman should remember to lay flat and slightly raise her legs after intercourse to facilitate the smooth movement of the sperms by relaxing vaginal and cervical muscles.
What to remember
If you have been trying for a baby for some time, it is likely that you may fail to conceive the first time you follow these tips. Should this happen, do not despair; it is a normal experience.
If conception does not occur within a year of accurate ovulation charts and timed intercourse, it is advisable to seek the assistance of fertility experts to help determine the cause of the delay.