How Long does it Take to Get Pregnant after Ovulation?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Jul 15, 2011

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Ovulation is the process of releasing mature ovum into the fallopian tube. If women have a regular menstrual cycle of 28 days then ovulation occurs on its 14th day. It is the most fertile period of women’s cycle, with the highest chance of conceiving. Ovulation is the only time during women's monthly cycle when there are eggs in the fallopian tube. Women who are trying to get pregnant often come up with questions such as how long does it take to get pregnant after ovulation?


You can get pregnant as soon as you ovulate. Even though, sex at the time of ovulation surely results in pregnancy but calculating the exact time is quite difficult. Experts suggest that if you are trying to conceive then it is wise to have sex three times a week. This will increase your chances of conceiving.


Once the ovum is released it remains available for fertilisation for 12 to 24 hours. If you are trying to get pregnant then you can calculate your ovulation time by subtracting your luteal period from the total menstrual period. Most women rely on the calendar method. For instance, if the menstrual cycle is of twenty eight days and luteal phase is of twelve days then ovulation occurs on the eighteenth day. You can also use a basal thermometer or ovulation kit to determine your ovulation date.


However, it is difficult to calculate the exact time of ovulation as it can be delayed for a few days or weeks due to various reasons. Stress, changes in dietary plan, physical illness and even physical activity can change the time of ovulation. The 10th, 12th, 14th and 16th day after the menstrual cycle are considered the best days for conceiving. However, it is only applicable for those who have regular monthly cycle of 28 days.


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  • amara08 Jan 2013

    hi i need an advice i had my coil in march last year now its been 10 months of trying some people said it take time till 12 months or depends on body these are my period dates august 5th 2012 sep 6th 2012 oct 10th 2012 nov 9th 2012 dec 7th 2012 and now 6th jan 2013 im 28 days so i want to know wen i ovulate i think i ovulate after my periods like 17th 18th 19th 20th if im wrong please help me i really want a baby

  • crissa23 Oct 2012

    i have had irregular periods my whole life and i have two kids

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