Can You Get Pregnant on the Day You Ovulate?

on Nov 16, 2012

by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD

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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

Menstrual cycle 101

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.

Phase 1 – follicular phase

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.

Phase 2 – ovulation phase

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.

Phase 3 – luteal phase

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.

Fertile window

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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Can You Get Pregnant on the Day You Ovulate?, 4.9 out of 5 based on 8 ratings

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.

  • ringroll

    Hi i was pregnant in oct but after 1.5 month it got miscarried i m getting scared for trying for second pregnancy . what should i do

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  • Babydr3ams

    This happened to me too. A lot of times, my dr said, it is just a chromosomal abnormality and doesnt affect future pregnancies in any way. Did you order this suppliment? I am 4 mos pregnant now.

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  • Monica Scott, RN

    Since your fertility will eventually normalize 4-6 weeks after your miscarriage, you can already try to conceive as soon as one month after. You should try to take ½ teaspoon of False Unicorn Root for three times a day to avoid miscarriages during pregnancy. This herbal remedy is able to control the hormonal levels of progesterone and estrogen, which can prevent miscarriages.However; it is best that you initially talk to your doctor if this drug is safe for you to use.

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  • mary

    ok so can you get pregnant the exact day you ovulate or not cause this did not say yes or no…

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  • Jess

    Yes..its your most fertile day.

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  • Only One Me

    I had sex on Sunday (5 days before and Thursday the day before) but I ovulated on yesterday (Friday) because I had the clear stretchy stuff on my tissue. Let’s say on Thursday (the day before I ovulated) was the day I got pregnant, will I still have the clear stretchy stuff come out of me? And if I didn’t have sex today (the day after) can I still get pregnant even if I stood up after he came inside of me?

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  • nervous nelly

    I took an ovulation test this morning at 8am and it was almost positive. I took one again at 330 pm and if was a positive (yay!). However here is the dilemma. My hubbys sperm dont live very long once they are inside of me. If we have sex between 1030pm and midnight by the next morning around 8 or 9 am there isnt one living one in there. So to time this I am not sure how often we should have sex after this positive test? Is it with in 12 hours? Or after 12 hours since ovulation occurs usually 12 to 24 hours after a positive opk? I am just not sure if its with in 12 hours of positive or after 12 hours of a positive. Just dont want to loose my window.

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  • leoni

    I have irregular periods with pcod. I’m under treatment and wanted to get prey soon. I’m getting white discharge often. Bt doesn smell foul. Almost everyday i get in drops. I feel uneasy.

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