Getting pregnant can seem like a mysterious process. Once you learn science and time, it makes a little more sense. Still, you may wonder how long it actually takes to conceive after having sex. It occurs that the ovum and sperm can meet up to 12 hours after ejacualation. But to see that second line on a pregnancy test, you still have to cross a few hurdles. Along with reproductive work, how are things more likely to become pregnant on time and possibly, let us know in detail about these things: –
When does fertilization occur?
Fertilization occurs when the egg and sperm meet in the fallopian tube. For this to happen, a woman must know her fertile window. This means that she is nearing or has reached ovulation – a menstrual period when the egg comes out of the ovaries. An egg can only be fertilized between 12 to 24 hours when it is released. After that, it starts to break down, hormones shift, and finally, the period starts with the next cycle. Although it seems that the chances of hatching eggs are very slim, consider the numbers. The estimated ejaculate contains up to 280 million source sperm cells. And under ideal conditions, sperm actually live inside the reproductive tract for several days at a time.
Any unprotected sex you may have within about 5 days of ovulation may be waiting for sufficient sperm and ready for fertilization. In other words, you can conceive after having sex for about a week before ovulation if healthy sperms are already hanging out at their final destination. On the other hand, conception can occur very soon after having sex. Experts say that the sperm can navigate the uterus and fallopian tubes to reach the egg 30 minutes after ejaculation.
When does implantation occur?
After fertilization, the new zygote goes under the fallopian tube and undergoes tremendous changes. It develops as a morula and then a blastocyst. Once it reaches the blastocyst stage, it is ready to be implanted into the lining of the uterus and continue to grow in the fetus. Transplantation is necessary to achieve pregnancy. Without it, the blastocyst will break down and be expelled along with the rest of the uterus during your period.
As for timing, implantation usually occurs between 6 and 10 days after fertilization. The symptoms you may experience are mild and include things like cramps and light spotting. However, some women do not see any symptoms.
When do symptoms begin?
Once production of hormones begins in the implanted fetus, pregnancy symptoms may begin.
Initial symptoms include:
Missed menstruation – If you have a late period, you can become pregnant. The hormones produced by the growing fetus signal the brain to maintain the uterine lining.
Changes in your breasts – Due to hormone changes, your breasts may feel swollen to touch or touch.
Morning Sickness – Although this symptom usually starts after one or a month, for some women it may start soon. You may experience nausea with or without vomiting.
Frequent bathroom visits – During pregnancy your kidneys go into overdrive as they are tasked to process extra fluids as the blood volume increases. This means increased urination.
Fatigue- You may feel tired in early pregnancy. Again, hormones are at play here. In particular, the hormone progesterone can specifically eliminate you.
If you experience these symptoms or otherwise think you may be pregnant, it is a good idea to take a pregnancy test at home.
During pregnancy, your hormone levels change. As soon as you have conceived, the amount of oestrogen and progesterone in your blood increases. This causes the womb lining to build up, the blood supply to your womb and breasts to increase, and the muscles of your womb to relax to make room for the growing baby.
If you are trying to get pregnant, it will not be discouraging if it does not happen immediately. Of course, this is easier said than done. But the odds are in your favor. Most couples who have regular unprotected sex become pregnant within 1 year of trying. If you are over the age of 35, consider seeing your doctor if you have been trying for 6 months or longer – or if you have any other concerns about your reproductive health otherwise.