You are most likely to get pregnant if you have sex during ovulation, the process through which a mature egg is released from the ovary and moves from the fallopian tube. 

However, many factors go into getting pregnant; this article will explore some of those details. But if you think you might already be pregnant and need someone to talk to, contact Bright Hope today. We’re here for you and offer free, confidential services to support you as you navigate your options.

The Connection Between Ovulation and Getting Pregnant

For most women, ovulation happens each month, and this occurs, on average, roughly 14 days before your menstrual period. However, since every woman’s cycle is different, the exact time of ovulation can vary. 

During ovulation, your ovary releases a mature egg into the fallopian tube. It takes roughly 12 to 24 hours for the egg to move through the fallopian tube, and this is the window where you are most fertile (able to get pregnant). 

However, it’s important to know that sperm can live inside the female reproductive tract for as long as five days after sexual intercourse, which means that if you have sex five days before ovulation, you can still technically get pregnant. 

How Can I Know When I’m Ovulating?

Ovulation can feel mysterious, but there are specific steps you can take to determine when you’re likely ovulating:

  • Keep a menstrual calendar: On a calendar, mark the first and last days of your menstrual period. This will tell you what day you should expect your period each month and the typical length of your periods. Based on this information, you can estimate when you’re likely to ovulate by counting backward 14 days from the expected start date of your period each month.
  • Check your vaginal secretions: During ovulation, you might notice that your vaginal secretions become more wet, clear, and stretchy. This is your body’s way of creating a hospitable environment for sperm.
  • Check your basal body temperature. During ovulation, your basal body temperature increases—yet another way your body changes to create a welcoming environment for sperm.

I Think I Might Be Pregnant. Now What?

If you think you might be pregnant, it’s essential to take a pregnancy test—and if you receive a positive result, follow up with an ultrasound. 

At Bright Hope, we offer free pregnancy testing and limited ultrasounds, and we also provide a safe, nurturing space to explore your pregnancy options. 

Contact us today. All appointments and resources are free and confidential.