Your Chances of Getting Pregnant on Ovulation Day

Early in life, before my reality became tainted by infertility, I had a half-baked impression about how easy it is for women to get pregnant. Honestly, I had no idea what my chances of getting pregnant on ovulation day were.

What are the Chances of Getting Pregnant Without Protection?

In fact, a healthy woman in her 20s or early 30s only has approximately a 20-25% chance of pregnancy each month without using protection. And that’s assuming neither she nor her partner has any unknown underlying fertility issues.

What is Ovulation?

Approximately once a month, a woman’s ovaries will release a mature egg. This is called ovulation. From there, the egg will travel down through a fallopian tube and into the uterus. 

Common Signs You’re Ovulating

- Light spotting - Changes in cervical mucus, i.e., discharge has an “egg-like” consistency (nice visual, I know!) - Spikes in basal body temperature - Slight cramping on one side of your pelvis - Tender breasts

What Happens After Ovulation?

If the egg was not fertilized during ovulation, you will have your period like normal. If it was, you should receive a positive pregnancy test around the time of your missed period.

Can You Get Pregnant On Your Ovulation Day?

Yes! Not only can you get pregnant on ovulation day; it’s one of the most fertile days in a woman’s reproductive cycle. In fact, you have a 30% chance of getting pregnant on your ovulation day, or the two days before ovulation.

What Are the Chances of Getting Pregnant the Day Before Ovulation?

One study found that there’s approximately a 28% chance of conceiving two days before ovulation and a 24% chance of conceiving one day before. These are the highest percentages during a monthly reproductive cycle.

How Many Days After Ovulation Can You Get Pregnant?

According to the American Pregnancy Organization, “getting pregnant after ovulation is possible, but is limited to the 12-24 hours after your egg has been released.”

Can You Get Pregnant During Your Period?

The answer is yes, it IS possible to get pregnant during your period – but it’s not very likely. Under certain circumstances, it’s possible a woman could conceive while she’s on her period.

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