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Chances of Getting Pregnant When You Have Sex on an Ovulation Day

on Feb 03, 2013

by Brittany Null

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Chances of Getting Pregnant When You Have Sex on an Ovulation Day

Find out your chances of getting pregnant if you time it just right and have sex on an ovulation day.

Why is ovulation important?

When you are trying to get pregnant, the most important thing to keep track of is ovulation. Ovulation is the release of the egg, that, when fertilized, can become a baby! Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

When does ovulation occur?

Ovulation happens at around day fourteen of a woman’s menstrual cycle, but the exact time frame varies from person to person. After ovulation occurs and the egg is released, it can be fertilized for up to 48 hours. After that, if the egg is not fertilized, it begins to die and disintegrate. This is why knowing when you are ovulating is so important, since it is the time that you will be able to get pregnant. Technically speaking, the few days leading up to ovulation, the day of ovulation, and around the day or two days after ovulation, are the only times during a woman’s cycle that she is able to get pregnant.

Fertile periods

A woman’s most fertile period during her cycle is right around ovulation. To be more precise, the four to five days before ovulation, and the one to two days following ovulation, is considered to be a woman’s “fertile period“. This is the time frame in which she has the greatest chance of getting pregnant. Since sperm can live longer than the egg, it is advisable for a woman to have sex right before ovulation, or even on the day of ovulation for the best chance of getting pregnant. This is because the sperm can live up to five days in a woman’s body. If a woman has sex right before ovulation, or even on the day of ovulation, this ensures that the sperm will be ready and waiting for the egg to be released, and the egg will have the best chance of becoming fertilized. Having sex on ovulation day or just prior to ovulation day is the time that most doctors recommend for ensuring the highest chances of becoming pregnant.

More sex during ovulation

Most doctors and fertility experts agree that having sex multiple times during ovulation and just prior to ovulation will increase a couple’s chances of becoming pregnant. Each time you have sex during your fertile window is a better chance that you will become pregnant during that month. Unless your doctor tells you otherwise (sometimes this is not a good idea for men with known sperm issues), having more sex during ovulation is usually a good idea! Now that you know when the best chances are to get pregnant, you will have better luck when trying to have a baby!

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Brittany lives in Kansas City, where she and her husband Austin are the proud parents of a newborn baby girl. You can subscribe to their lively and entertaining YouTube Channel to follow along on their journey.

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  • Amber Mursch

    If i had sex and then took an ovulation test and it was positive is that a good indication that it would be a boy? I have 3 girls now and i am pregnant now. I am just curious.

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  • Davian Muncrief

    I’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year an it’s like when I’m for sure I am the test always says negative but we recently had sex twice 2days before I ovulated an a day before an the day of ovulation an then two days prior? If the test comes up negative again what am I doing wrong? I’m starting to get nervous an depressed with the thought of not being able to conceive!!

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  • Tamica

    Ovulation for me started December 25th and I had sex the 23 and 25th and yesterday the 30th I felt cramping on both sides than moved to the right side I also had egg white clear stretchy cf and later on yesterday I had sex. What are my chances of becoming pregnant and did I time it correctly I’ve also been taking prenatals the doctor told me to start taking about a week an a half now. I’ve been TTC for about a year now

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  • Tamica

    I had ovulation time from December 26th to the 31st. I had sex December 23rd, 25th and 30th on the 30th had bad cramping in the afternoon on both left and right side than moved to the right side and had raw egg white cf what are my chances to conceiving? Been trying for a year and also been taking prenatal vitamins for 2 weeks. The 31 and today Jan 1st my boobs are sore and my period isn’t until 2 more weeks this has never happened before what could be happening?

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  • Bgirl

    Can you get pregnant if he ejaculates close but not in your vagina and you ovulate the next day

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  • Tamica

    3 days after ovulating I got sore boobs and no period until two more weeks which is very unusual to have sore boobs than I notices after showering my stretch marks are pinkish please let me know what this means? I ovulated December 26-31 had sex 23,25,30th and 30th cramped my whole bottom stomach and both left and right side than moved to the right. Could I be pregnant? TTC baby #2 it’s been 5 years since my son and ttc for a year

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  • Talaneisha Hinton

    Hello! In November my period came a week before thanksgiving but in December it came on the 7th and lasted five days as usual. Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex on Christmas. I’m not sure if my period will come on the 7th of January like it did in December or come later like like it did in November. I’m not having any pregnant symptoms but I am getting lightheaded and dizzy,Should I be concerned if I’m pregnant or not? Please help!

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  • Alyssa

    I had my period last week. A few days later I had sex and he pulled out but not sure if he pulled out in enough time. A week after my last period I got it again, should I expect pregnancy???

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  • Felicia

    Hi I had sex today but I ovulated yesterday can I get pregnant

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  • nicky

    Hi iam 24 and I had unpretected sex w my ex while I was on my period can be pregent and know it and still get my period?

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  • boogie

    So I ovulated 1/2-1/8 I had sex the first day of ovulation and 2 more times during that week which in the same time I started my birth control. Could I be pregnant because bitrh control takes 7 days to become effective

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  • Dominique Colbert

    I had sex the day after my ovulation day my period tracker said the following day is my last fertile day can I still become pregnant? Even though we didn’t have sex on my ovulation day. I was still fertile the next day does it matter

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  • ClassyChick

    If my ovulation date on the 21 and I have sex on the 16 and 18 is it possible I could get pregnant

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  • Corinette

    Hi I am not sure if I’m pregnant the thing is that I saw my period in the 6 of January band it left on the 10 then I had sex in the 13th and also on my ovulation date which is the 20th .Can I be pregnant?

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  • Corinette

    Someone please help ASAP

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  • Toneisha Brumfield

    I got my implanon removed and replaced with depo the same day I had unprotected sex the next day I was ovulating then the 2 after that I had unprotected sex again should I be worried r no

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  • Amanda

    hi yesterday i did sex with my partner and I was on my second day of fertility according to my application. My partner did not conceived me inside. Still get pregnant?

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  • Angela

    I have this period tracker app and according to it I was fertile on Tuesday12-Monday 18 and on that Thursday My bf and I had sex and then Sun is ovulation day Ig and so I was just wondering is there a chance I could be pregnant and if so when should I test to get a positive ?

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  • Rachael Uttanwalla

    I had my periods on the 22nd of jan and had sex on the 5th of feb. Are there chances of pregnancy.

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  • Tams Jones

    Last week, I forgot to take my pills on a monday thru thursday cuz i forgot to pack them when i left town…..had sex on tuesday afternoon….and on thursday when i got home i took all 4 days. i was fertile all that week. ovulation started last saturday. my dr says i cant get pregnant since i took all 4 pills. i am on progesterone only birth control and hardly have periods…as of today i am 46 days late. I dont know if i should wait 4 weeks to have sex or if its ok too? and can i get pregnant from that tuesday? please help!

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  • chika

    Hi I’m on the pill but I miss days sometimes and I recently did, could I be pregnant if I had unprotected sex on my ovulation week and day it’s been for weeks and I have lower back pain on the left and pain and abit of lower stomach pain

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  • Claudia

    Had intercourse on my last day of ovulation which was on Feb 6th…im supposed to get my period on the 18th but i started spotting today and been feeling a lil bit nauseous…could i be preggo??

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  • Am I pregnant?

    Hiya. I had sex with my partner, on my ovulation day without protection. I am now 7 days late, but I’ve took a test which said not pregnant. I’m never late, as my periods have ALWAYS been regular and on time. I’m going to take another test tomorrow and I’ve been told to take it in the morning. What shall I do if this is negative aswel?

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  • Tee wilson

    I ovulated on the 15th of February but I also had sexual intercourse on the 7&9 as well. My fertile week was 10-17 but I only did it on the 15 what could be my chance? And AF is due Feb 29

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  • Sonali Bhanushali

    my last period was on 6th Feb,2016 lasted till 9th Feb. I had sex from 21st till 23rd. Do I stand chance of getting pregnant?

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  • katherine

    I went to the fertility center of illinois on last monday at 945 a.m from today i was told i had already ovulated and my egg dropped i have been taking pregnancy tests since that day and i was getting all negative tests wi have had intercourse a total of 3-4 times since that day as well when should i have sex again and when should i test again

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  • Catherine

    I had unprotected sex during my fertile period and on ovulation day. Whats the chances of me getting pregnant?

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  • shannon

    i started ovulating the 9th of march, and i had unprtected sex the same day. could i end up pregnant?

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  • tiarra

    Okay me and my boyfriend had sex 2 days ago and he had came in me two times but the thing is my period was suppose to be here by now and im late so im very confused on how does the pregnancy thing work because we are hoping to have a baby and i wanna know if it’s possible for me to get pregnant.

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  • hailey

    hi, I had unprotected sex today ( the 19th of March ) and my period is regularly due tomorrow ( 20th of March ) I took plan b 7 days earlier and I don’t know if that could have delayed my ovulation to today… what are the chances of me getting pregnant?

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  • Josie

    Me and my bf want to have a baby, we had unprotected sex 2 days before. My period but I got my period and it was normal. We’ve have unprotected sex throughout my fertile window including ovulation day which was March 23. Is there any chance I could be pregnant? Im suppose to get my period April 6th. Maybe its too early but ive tested and results came back negative

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  • ABI

    I AM PREGNANT 13 WEEK CAN I SEX WIYH THIS TIME HUSBAND NOT PROBLEM MY BABY

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  • Melissa Estradad

    Is it possible to get pregnant on your ovulation week with only having sex once ?or what is the percentage ?

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  • lallu

    I had a protected sex in ovulation and also took a pill & now i’m bleeding after 5 days of sex. We use a condom and also had an i-pill after sex & condom didn’t broke. Is there any risk of pregnancy?

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  • Diana Castillo

    I had unprotected sex in my fertile window is there possibility I can get pregnant?

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  • Sammy

    I am so confused right now . I saw my period march11/2016 and on my ovulation day I had sex and I started bleeding on the 29th of march like a regular period and my period wasn’t due til the April 8 …Prior my period came on the 2/13/2016 …my periods are always regular so I don’t know what to think I took pregnancy test which was negative but several years back when I was pregnant with my son for months pregnancy test would come up negative it wasn’t till my fourth month it was detected by urine. ..now am not sure what to think this time around..been having dizziness and cramping…plus below my stomach hurts when I walk..
    .need some answers.

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  • Ericka Cooley

    Positive or negative ovulating test?

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  • Kennethia Simpkins

    Hello doctor I am trying to see if u can tell me if im pregnant and how far along my ovulation period started on march 30 – april 5 and I have sex twice on one Window and I missed a day of sex during ovulation day please explain to me I do be having minor pain on my back side and my butt cheek area

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  • sneha

    I am trying to conceive. I had my last period on 26 feb,2016 and
    previous on 23 jan,2016. My cycle is of 35 days. and we had a
    unprotected sex on 13,15,17,18,21 march,2016 so that I could be
    pregnant. But I failed to pregnant this time and I got my periods on 1st
    April,2016. What are the reasons to fail? What the care should we take
    this month.

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  • Victoria

    Is it possible to get pregnant if I had sex 4 and 5 days before my ovulation AND on the day of my ovulation. What are the chances thatui will get pregnant

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  • rica

    Hi we have sex at 22 my expected was 23 and its already 25 but my menstruation is still not coming . Could it be possible that im pregnant ?

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  • rica

    Hi i we have sex in 22 and my expectayion period is 23 . Could it possible to get pregnant ? Its already six days but i still dont have my period and my white blood is m
    Many .

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  • Jessica

    My fertile days were April 28 to May 2 i had sex with my spouse April 25 and April 29,30, and May 1st is there a chance that I could get pregnant I used a ovulation calculator to determine my fertile days and I was wondering if I could be pregnant?

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