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is there really only one time a month that you can get pregnant?

my hubby and i are trying to conceive and i tried doing it by the ovulation calender and it was unsuccessful last month.and i heard you can only get pregnant when you ovulate and then i heard that you can get pregnant whenever. which one is it?

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Asked by Anonymous at 5:24 PM on Sep. 28, 2009 in Trying to Conceive

Answers (8)
  • There is a period of several days you can get pregnant.

    Answer by Gailll at 5:25 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • You can technically get pregnant at any time, but it is most likely while you are ovulating. I think it's usually something like a few days before you have your period.

    Good luck!

    Answer by beckcorc at 5:28 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • I agree with beckcorc that you can get preg. any time, but it is most likely to happen when you ovulate. Have you tried those ovulation tests that are near the preg. tests? That might make things easier to tell when you are ovulating.

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:15 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • depending on how long your cycles yes! check out the book "taking charge of your fertility". i have learned so much about my cycles from this book and i know many women have become pregnant with help of it.

    Answer by Kimra at 9:23 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • Day 1 is the first day of your period
    if you have 28 day cycles, your best chances days are 12-16
    if you have 30 day cycles, try days 13-17
    26 day cycles, days 11-15
    and so on

    But the more sperm in there, the greater the chances. So have fun trying!

    Answer by ecodani at 10:15 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • Sperm can live in the vagina for up to 5 or 6 days. The sperm have to be there when the egg is released and traveling down the fallopian tube in order to fertilize it. The egg can take up to 12-36 hours to make that journey. Your best chance of getting pregnant is during the 2-3 days prior to and the day of ovulation; that's when cervical mucus is the right consistency to keep sperm alive and typical sperm life spans are long enough to still be there when the egg comes along. More than 6 days before you ovulate, the sperm will not be there when the egg is (and even 4-6 days is iffy, that's just the max). After the egg has completed its journey down the fallopian tube, it cannot be fertilized. So there are 8 days tops when you can get pregnant, 4 days of ideal circumstances, and only a 25-33% chance of conception even in the best of circumstances.

    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 10:46 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • The reason people say you can get pregnant "whenever" is because a lot of people don't know when they're going to ovulate and therefore can't predict when the "right" time is. There are ways to get around this, though. Read Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, and check out Charting will tell you everything you need to know about when is the best time for you to conceive, not like the generic ovulation calendars on-line where you just plug in dates and it spits out a number. Good luck!


    Answer by DragonRiderMD at 10:48 PM on Sep. 28, 2009

  • DragonRiderMD already said everything I was going to say. :) Definitely learn YOUR body's signals that you are fertile, and use that to try and conceive - start when you first have some fertile mucus and everything.

    Answer by asaffell at 12:47 AM on Sep. 29, 2009

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