Can A Woman Become Pregnant After Ovulation?
The chances of becoming pregnant after ovulation are slim; but, there are countless cases of women who have conceived a child shortly after ovulation.
The explanation is that the female cycle can vary from month to month in some women with irregular periods. Additionally, even women with the most predictable cycles may have a rare month, ovulating later than expected.
A variety of factors influence hormonal balance (and imbalance) in a woman's body. Stress are factor that is often overlooked. Emotional stress is one thing, but, often there is also environmental stresses. Diet, second-hand smoke, relationship issues, alcohol, coffee and sugar are only a few of the things that can upset the body's normal balance.
A normal cycle is approximately 28 days. A woman usually ovulates anywhere from day 10 through day 15. You are most likely to get pregnant during (or just before) those days.
Fortunately, today we have ovulation testing kits. That is the best way to know exactly when to have sex.
If you are not wanting a pregnancy, remember that you can get pregnant before and after ovulation. So,to avoid pregnancy, wait a few days after ovulation before having intercourse.
Although it is unlikely, your egg may remain viable up to two days after ovulation. Additionally, sperm can live (especially the female) and "wait" for ovulation. So, the possibility of pregnancy is there -- both before ovulation and after ovulation. And, of course, it is absolutely there during ovulation.
If you are a woman, and thinking it has something to do with ovulation, just know you are most likely asking the right questions. Most infertility diagnoses in women are due to ovulation issues.
Read about fertility charting. Knowing when you ovulate is very important if you are trying to get pregnant, or if you are wanting to avoid pregnancy. There are wonderful books on charting your cycles.
You need to chart for at least three cycles before you can predict ovulation accurately. With the charting method, you do not know you've ovulated until after the fact. For that reason, you practice charting for several months before you count on your statistics.
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