So, what are the chances you’ll become pregnant? Well that really isn’t a straight forward question to answer as it could be different for every woman and it depends on a number of different factors like age, stress level, lifestyle, and the fertility health of both partners.
I’ll best try to answer this question by helping you understand what’s required for a woman to have the best chances of becoming pregnant. This article is directed at those that have not been medically diagnosed as unable to become pregnant or infertile.
If you have been diagnosed as such by your doctor, chances of becoming a parent can still happen by use of a donor egg, sarrogate, or donor sperm , etc. Talk to your doctor regarding options available for you and your situation.
In order for a woman to become pregnant she must first obviously be fertile, which means she ovulates naturally every month and has a period every month. Secondly her male partner must also be fertile and have sperm that is healthy enough to fertilize her egg. However, there is no guarantee a pregnancy will occur or will be easy under these conditions. But medically speaking, couples with these factors have the best chances to produce a pregnancy.
For women that have difficulty with ovulation or have irregular periods, the chances of becoming pregnant are still high but it may take longer and/or use of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) or Fertility Drugs may be needed in order for a pregnancy to occur. Likewise, if her partner has fertility issues he can also be helped by way of ART. For couples having fertility challenges, getting pregnant can still happen, but the length of time it takes may be longer than a couple with no fertility issues. But again, there is no guarantee a pregnancy will occur or will be easy in either case.
Your Chances of Conceiving is High…
The chances of getting pregnant is high for couples that are fertile or for couples that uses ART or Fertility drugs. However, the key factor a woman becoming pregnant all depends on the time of month sex occurs. If a woman has sex a few days before she ovulates, which is her most fertile time of the month, then the chance she’ll become pregnant increases. If she misses this window, the chance she’ll become pregnant decreases. However pregnancy is still possible as a woman can be fertile 1-2 days after ovulation. Yes, it can be a little tricky as ovulation can be.
In order to know what your chances of becoming pregnant are, you will need to know the state of your fertility and roughly when you ovulate. If you are fertile and have sex around the time you ovulate, you can say chances are good you’ll become pregnant but that’s still not a guarantee you’ll become pregnant.
You should also understand, you can not become pregnant anytime you have unprotected sex, as some believe. You only have a chance of becoming pregnant when you have unprotected sex during your most fertile times of the month which is generally speaking, around day 14 of your menstrual cycle (give or take a few days). This is not the rule of thumb though. Every woman’s cycle is different, making ovulation occur on different days for them. Therefore you can not rely on what you read about ovulation, you must find out when YOU ovulate. You can find out how to better predict when you ovulate here: How to Predict When I Ovulate.
Getting Pregnant What You Should Know
Women having sex for the purpose of getting pregnant without knowing when they ovulate are really taking a shot in the dark. While some women will end up pregnant, for the most part a lot will not. Becoming pregnant is a lot harder than folks think.
Your Chances of conceiving are best when a couple has sex 2-3 days before ovulation is expected. This is because a mans sperm can live in a woman’s body 3-5 days. So having sex a few days before ovulation will ensure the sperm is ready and waiting when the woman’s egg is pushed into the uterus.
Trying to have sex on ovulation day is tough as it’s hard to know exactly when that day is. Since ovulation last about 24-48 hours, a woman trying to get pregnant may miss this small window of opportunity. This is why it’s recommended to start having sex a few days before ovulation occurs when trying to conceive.
Debunking Pregnancy Myths
Also, I want to add, you can get pregnant anytime sperm comes in contact with a woman’s vagina. This holds true even when a man uses the “pull out” method as pre-ejaculation fluid contains some sperm. A 1/4 teaspoon of semen can have a million sperm count. Any semen that comes around or in contact with a woman’s vagina can get her pregnant.
Time of day also does not play a role in getting pregnant. It’s said a mans sperm count is higher in morning than in evening. However, the count difference is so minute it isn’t enough to matter. Then too, it only takes one of those babies to get you pregnant.
Unless you or your partner have been diagnosed as unable to conceive, your chances of becoming pregnant are good if sex occurs at the right time of month and both partners are in good fertile health. Even if you or your partner is using ART or fertility drugs, you still have a good chance of becoming pregnant. However, there are many factors involved in the likelihood of becoming pregnant as mentioned above and there are no guarantees you’ll get pregnant even if you’ve been pregnant before successfully.
Unfortunately, the only way to know if a pregnancy will happen is to try to conceive. If you have been trying for at least 12 months to get pregnant with no success, seek the advice of your doctor.
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Do you ovulate when pregnant?
The short answer to this is NO. At least you are not suppose to. The purpose of ovulating is to become pregnant. Once you become pregnant there is no reason for you to ovulate. A woman’s body regulates this process, ovulating until pregnancy occurs then it turns off. The human body is amazing as it is smart.
Some women asking this question, claim to have had unprotected sex a few nights before feeling the cramping pains of ovulation days later. They now wonder if what they are feeling are “pains” of pregnancy or pains of ovulation. Since a man’s sperm can live inside of a woman for 4-5 days, it’s possible to become pregnant if you had unprotected sex 2-3 before you ovulated. This is because the sperm will still be present inside of you.
So, If you are unsure if you are pregnant or not, the only way to understand what you are feeling or seeing is to take or get a pregnancy test.
Shocking Rare Situation When a Woman Ovulates When Pregnant
This is such a rare case, it almost makes no sense to mention it here. But, in a very rare case it is possible for a woman to ovulate when pregnant. This rare case is called Superfetation.
Superfetation is the formation of a fetus while there is another fetus already present in the uterus. It’s said that this condition of ovulating while pregnant could be the result of taking fertility drugs and/or menstruating during pregnancy.
As long as you have not been diagnosed with this, the answer is NO you can not ovulate when you are pregnant.
To sum things up a woman will not ovulate once she has become pregnant. If you had unprotected sex a few days before you feel you ovulated you will need to test to know if you are pregnant. Even if you are feeling cramping you can’t say whether or not you are pregnant. There’s really no way to know once you have sperm in you at the time of ovulation.
We hope we have answered your question: Do You Ovulate When You Are Pregnant
Are you looking for information on how to know when you are ovulating, here’s a quick video that explains it.
You’ll also want to check out this post: When Do You Ovulate as well. This article explains the common and most practical ways any woman can find out what time of the month she is ovulating.
How to Know When You are Ovulating
If you are quite confused about knowing when you ovulate, you are not alone. There are many women wondering the same thing. Whether it be for the purpose of getting pregnant or not getting pregnant, most women when searching for the answer to “how to know when you are ovulating” want some kind of control over their fertility.
To understand how to know when you are ovulating, you’ll first need to know your cycle length. If you do not know how long your cycle is, you’ll need to track your start dates on a calendar for a couple of months to find out, more on this shortly.
How to know when You are Ovulating – Tracking Your Cycle Length
- On a calendar mark the start date of your period. Do this again the following month. Once you have the start dates noted, count the number of days between the 2 start dates. This number will give you the length of your cycle.
- Next count backwards 14 days from your start date. This is the approximate time you should be ovulating. If you look at your calendar now, you’ll see 2 key pieces of information. You’ll see how many days after your period you’ll ovulate and how many days before your next period you’ll ovulate. If you are trying to get pregnant knowing this is very important. Since a man’s sperm can live in a woman’s body for 4-5 days, you can start trying to conceive at least 2-3 days prior to ovulation.
- Keep in mind these dates are just an approximation. You can give or take a couple of days.
Take a look at this diagram of how to track your period. We’ll use Karen for our example:
The red X’s represents Karen’s start date of her periods over the last 2 months. She counts 28 days between the 2 red X’s. This is her cycle length (28 days). She now counts backwards 14 days as noted on the calender to come up with her approximate ovulation date, This is represented by The Green X.
How to know when You are Ovulating – Reading the Signs
The next and final piece to knowing “How to know when you are ovulating” is by reading the signs of ovulation. Since you can never be 100% sure of the exact ovulation date, knowing how to read the signs your body gives you will be a good indicator as to if you ovulating.
These signs include:
- Tenderness of the breast
- A raise in BBT Basal Body Temperature
- Change in Cervical Mucus
- Sharp lower abdominal pain
To make sure these signs are read “correctly” please refer to my post entitled When Do You Ovulate- 5 Ways to tell , to get details on the methods used to tell when you are ovulating.
As you can see knowing when you ovulate is not an answer someone can give you without knowing how your cycle falls every month. And it becomes even more trickier to say if you are a woman that gets 2 periods in one month occasionally, or if you have irregular periods. But for the most part, these are the best ways to find out How to know when you are ovulating regardless of your situation.
For more complicated situations, you should work with your doctor for assistance.
I hope this helps you to understand How to Know When You are Ovulating
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