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Can You Get Pregnant on the Day You Ovulate?
on Nov 16, 2012
by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Can you get pregnant on the day you ovulate? Yes! It is the most fertile period during the cycle, the time when your chances to conceive are the highest.
Can you get pregnant on the day you ovulate? The question is important both for ladies who are trying to conceive and for women who are trying to avoid an unwanted pregnancy. So, to offer a comprehensive answer, here we propose to explain three basic issues related to getting pregnant and the time frame in which conception can occur. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
The female menstrual cycle is divided into 3 different phases, each phase having its own role in preparing the female body either for conception or for the next cycle, if conception does not happen. The cycle is counted beginning with the first day of the bleeding until the first day of the next bleeding period.
The first, follicular phase is characterized by an increasing production of estrogen, which causes the bleeding to stop and induces the thickening of the womb lining. This is the phase when the follicles, the spheres containing the immature egg, are formed and the body produces increased amounts of FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone) to stimulate the development of a strong, mature egg.
Ovulation is the phase when the sphere containing the egg breaks and releases the egg. The egg then starts its journey through the fallopian tubes towards the uterus. If the egg is fertilized by a sperm on the way, it goes on to implant in the uterus; if it is not fertilized, it starts disintegrating.
The third, luteal phase involves the hormonal preparation of the body to welcome the embryo in the uterus. If the egg is not fertilized, hormone production decreases, which causes the uterus to get rid of the thickened lining prepared for implantation, starting the next menstrual bleeding.
Menstruation usually lasts for 2-7 days, followed by the follicular phase of similar length. Ovulation is the fertile period of the woman, and it lasts for 4-5 days around the exact time of ovulation, usually between days 11 and 21, with the ovulation process in itself taking about 48 hours. The chances to get pregnant are highest on the day prior to ovulation and on the exact day ovulation happens.
Being aware of the physiological processes going on in your body during your menstrual cycle are essential for planning your pregnancy. As you have seen, the final answer to the question “can you get pregnant on the day you ovulate?” is yes – that is the most fertile period during the cycle, the time when your chances to conceive are the highest.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.