How Long Does it Take to Get Pregnant?
Pregnancy and the Menstrual Cycle
The likelihood of a woman becoming pregnant oscillates depending on where she is in her menstruation cycle. If you are trying to conceive, it is important that you pay attention to your menstrual cycle. The first day of menstruation is considered the first day of menstrual cycle. An average menstrual cycle lasts for 28 days, though it can vary between 23 and 35 days.
Around 7 to 11 days, a woman’s body begins to prepare for an egg to get fertilised and for pregnancy to take place. Ovulation takes 12 to 16 days from the next expected period or two weeks into the menstrual cycle. This can help you keep a check on your ovulation cycle and thereby increase your chances of conception.
Peak Time for Getting Pregnant: Ovulation
You have the highest chances of conceiving during two to three days before ovulation. Ovulation takes place when a mature egg is released from the ovary and pushed down the fallopian tube. It is at such as juncture that an egg is ready to be fertilised. If you fall in the category of women, who have a 28-32 day menstrual cycle, ovulation can take place between 11 to 21 days. It is important to understand that every woman’s menstruation cycle is different and therefore, the ovulation cycle is likely to differ. The APA recommends that a woman use an ovulation kit or a fertility monitor to determine whether she is ovulating or not because it is ovulation that acts as a single greatest factor in conceiving or preventing pregnancy.
A way to measure whether one is ovulating is not is to check the basal temperature. The basal temperature goes up ½ to 1 ½ degrees at the time of ovulation and can be easily measures with the help of a basal thermometer.
Chances of Getting Pregnant during Menstruation
One must not expect to get pregnant from having sex at the time of menstruation because the sperm remains active in a woman’s reproductive tract only for a maximum of 7 days and ovulation takes place two weeks from the start of the menstruation cycle. To be able to conceive successfully, one must ward off any expectation of getting pregnant from having sex during menstruation.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team May 24, 2012
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