Everything I read tells me the sperm have to be waiting for the egg in order for fertilization to occur,but I'm wondering if anyone has ever fallen pregnant when they had intercourse after ovulation?
I'm pretty sure there's no chance,but I'm interested. My DH was away over my fertile time,but came home two days post O, and we bd. I'm thinking I'll not even think about this cycle, but just thought there might be someone with a different experience?
I'll post this over in Pregnancy too.
SAHM to Chloe«- 6/2008 (10 lbs, 5 oz), Hannah- 9/2010 (9 lbs, 12 oz), Liam- 2/2013 (9 lbs, 6 oz)
Yes, the egg can only live for a maximum of 24 hours, but are you sure you know when you ovulated? Are you going by cramping or just by an OPK test? If the latter, the OPKs pick up your LH surge, which stimulates ovulation, but they do not pick up ovulation itstelf. By the time you actually ovulate, your OPK will be back to a negative. Most women ovulate anywher from 24-36 hours after a positive OPK, but it can be as few as 12 hours and as many as 48 hours, depending on the woman, her age, etc.
So, if you are absolutely sure you know when you ovulated, then there's no chance. But if not, there's a small chance.
Also, the sperm does not necessarily have to be waiting on the egg; the fastest swimmers reach the tubes in half an hour, and most make it within 12 hours.
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Thanks for your replies.
Yes,I'm temping and use opk's and have ovulation pain. I've also been charting for close to 5 years so I have a reasonable idea of what's going on. I have pretty much accepted that there would be no chance,but I thought I'd ask around anyway.
I've been ttc for a couple of years (I'm 45 so age is an issue) and it's a bummer to miss a month! However it will be nice not to stress about symptoms and being careful for the 2ww.
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