How long does it take to get pregnant after sex? 0 38

WE know that sex can lead to pregnancy – but people often wonder how soon after intercourse you can really get pregnant.

Once you learn the science and timing, it all makes a bit more sense – here’s everything you need to know.

How long does it take to get pregnant after sex?

Fertility experts tell us that the egg and sperm can meet within minutes after ejaculation.

But it’s not that straightforward for everyone as conception can also take as long as five days. 

To see those two lines on a pregnancy test – fertilisation and implantation will need to happen.

Fertilisation can only occur if a viable egg and sperm meet – and the time it takes depends on whether the person has ovulated yet and how quickly the sperm reach the egg.

Pregnancy after sex may take place up to 1 week before ovulation

Sperm can live in the female reproductive tract for around five days – so pregnancy after sex may take place up to one week before ovulation.

Once the egg has been fertilised, implantation needs to take place, where the egg, now an embryo, plants itself in the lining of the uterus.

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The body now begins producing more of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG).

This typically happens 6–12 days after ovulation –  which means that most people cannot have a positive pregnancy test result until at least 10 days after.

Speak to your GP if you have been trying for a year to conceive.

When do symptoms of pregnancy start?

Could you be pregnant?

The proof is in the pregnancy test – but before taking the test you may get a heads-up in the form of some early pregnancy symptoms.

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According to the NHS website if you have a regular monthly menstrual cycle – the earliest sign of pregnancy is a missed period.

In the first few weeks of pregnancy you may have a bleed similar to a very light period, with some spotting or only losing a little blood.

This is what is known as implantation bleeding – and is different to a period.

It’s important to remember that every pregnancy is different and not everyone will notice symptoms immediately.

Very early pregnancy symptoms, like sensitivity to smell and tender breasts, may show up before you miss your period, as soon as a few days after conception.

While other early signs of pregnancy, like spotting, might appear around one week after the sperm meets the egg.

Others , like urinary frequency, often appear a few weeks or so following conception.

That said, early pregnancy symptoms happen at different times in different people.

Here are some of the earliest pregnancy symptoms to look out for according to the NHS:

  • Swollen or painful nipples or breasts
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Spotting
  • Food cravings
  • Changes in mood or emotion
  • More frequent urination
  • Aversions to certain foods
  • Raised basal body temperature
  • Smell sensitivity
  • Implantation bleeding
  • Changes in cervical mucus
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Excessive saliva

How likely is it to get pregnant after sex?

It all depends on ovulation – if you thought sex needs to come after ovulation — you’re not alone.

Many people don’t realise that the best time to have sex to get pregnant is before ovulation – not after.

The likelihood of getting pregnant after sex, once you have ovulated is small – one day past ovulation, your odds are between 0 per cent and 11 per cent.

If you have sex one day before ovulation your chances of getting pregnant are at their highest – and are around 21 per cent to 35 per cent.

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Your chances are also relatively high on the day of ovulation – at around 10 per cent to 33 per cent.

These numbers assume that you have sex just once during your fertile window, but if you have sex before you ovulate and  the day after, your odds will be significantly better than if you have sex only after you ovulated.

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My bitter ex told lies to my friends about my ‘small manhood’ after I dumped her 0 47

DEAR DEIDRE: MY ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger.

She never complained when we were together, but last week she told the girls in our group that being with me was “like kissing a soggy lettuce leaf” and that she “literally didn’t feel a thing when we were having sex” because I’m so small.

My ex is so bitter about being dumped that she is spreading nasty rumours around our friendship group – saying I’m rubbish in bed and have a small todger

I’m 25 and she’s 24. I think part of it is jealousy.

She knows a couple of the other girls fancy me and I think she’s trying to sabotage any chance I have with them.

Not that I’m even planning anything.

She’s so insecure and has a vicious tongue on her.

I’m tempted to let each of her so-called friends know what she really says about them in private.

Even her best friend gets a nasty critique every time she posts anything on Instagram.

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Her top is either too short, or her hair looks like wire, or her laugh is fake . . . it goes on and on.

I don’t regret splitting up with her but this last trick has really infuriated me.

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You could maybe reply with: “Let’s just say she never complained when we were together and nor have any of my other exes.”

Your friends will soon see her behaviour for what it is – jealous insecurity.

My partner said he was on a work trip – but he was actually getting married and on his honeymoon 0 30

DEAR DEIDRE: MY partner said he was on a work trip two months ago, but he had actually got married and been on honeymoon.

Our relationship had become a bit predictable, but we still had regular sex and nice days out with our two young sons.

My partner lied about his work trip – he was really on his HONEYMOON

I’m 32 and he’s 37. Our sons are four and two.

When he returned from his “work trip” he blamed me for his cheating, saying I had let myself go and didn’t pay him enough attention.

He then told me he’d “traded up” for a better model. It didn’t stop there.

He said that his wife, who is 27, is absolutely stunning and makes him feel special.

Apparently this woman was a barmaid he’d met on a golf trip and they had been seeing each other for six months.

He told me all this, then marched upstairs and packed his games console and his clothes and drove off out of my life.

The thing is, we always talked about getting married but when we had kids there always seemed something better to spend our money on.

Mutual friends have told me he has moved into a new-build home on the other side of our small town and his wife has plenty of family money.

My sons are really missing him and I don’t even know how I feel.

Sometimes when he comes to visit the boys I beg him to come home.

But other times I’m so angry with him, I refuse to let him in.

Now he is accusing me of stopping him from seeing his children.

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Surely he can’t just show up when he likes?

I’m a mess and need to start getting a grip for the kids’ sake.

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This man sounds selfish and immature, and quite frankly the way he has treated you is emotionally abusive.

It won’t feel like it now, but you really are better off without him.

He is behaving like he still lives in your home, by just turning up unannounced.

Tell him firmly that you would encourage a good relationship between him and your sons but he can only collect them with prior arrangement.

Start to put down your boundaries.

I’m sending you my support pack When Parents Fall Out, which you could pass to him to help explain why you need to co-operate for the future wellbeing of your children.

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