5:21 pm - 05/08/2012

Conceiving the day before ovulation

So my last period started on April 27 and I usually have a 28 day cycle.
SO and I had sex yesterday and he ejaculated inside me. Today I am having ovulation pain which is normal for me. I seem to be ovulating a little earlier than usual but w/e.

Question is, since we can't have sex today for various reasons, is there a good chance I might conceive from the sperm deposited last night? I know sperm can live for a few days in fertile cervical mucous which I started getting two days ago (clear and stretchy). We will have sex again tomorrow but I wasn't sure what the chances are of getting pregnant the day BEFORE you ovulate.
patchworkorange 8th-May-2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Yup, totally possible. Some fertility methods state you can better choose the sex of your child with this. Supposedly, the male sperm are fast swimmers but only live for about 24 hrs, so you're best to have sex after ovulation for a boy.

For a girl, they can live at least 3 days and are very very slow, so you want the sperm to be waiting there when the egg emerges. :)

I got pregnant with my last daughter by having sex the day before ovulation.
archangelbeth 8th-May-2012 11:29 pm (UTC)
Don't count on the slow/fast sperm, though; my parents were trying for a boy, very carefully with fertility monitoring and stuff, and I'm cis female.
babytalking 8th-May-2012 10:00 pm (UTC)
When we were trying, I didn't want to have sex a few days before ovulation for various reasons. But since we'd been trying several days before, it seems to have worked. Having sex the day of ovulation is always most effective, I think, but plenty of people conceive by having sex even a few days before. So one day before is totally fine.
argenterie4 8th-May-2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
You're actually "more fertile" right before ovulation (more fertile than, say, the day after ovulation. Obviously the day OF ovulation is most fertile). This is thought to be because the sperm have already swum all the way up there and are hanging out, ready for the egg, and can immediately fertilize it. Sperm can survive at least 24 hours and up to 5 days after ejaculation, so there are still living sperm available! Good luck!
nickelshoe 8th-May-2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
The day before is better than the day of because sperm live longer than eggs.
sonarafaey 8th-May-2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
Fairly likely, I would say.

I was using FAM to track my cycles when I was trying to get pregnant. On the cycle where my son was conceived my husband and I had sex the day before ovulation and the day after, but not the day of.
archangelbeth 8th-May-2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
According to research, the sperm also live in the fallopian tubes. ( http://vaginapagina.livejournal.com/14440441.html has a lot of links... Drat, the good one is a bad link now. Try http://www.storknet.com/cubbies/preconception/exje6.htm instead, and I did dig up a link that should work at least a little longer and posted it in that thread. >_> )

Basically, sperm were there within a day or two of ovulation? Very likely that you could become pregnant from that. A lot does depend on your partner's sperm, though; if they are naturally short-lived, then that could be a hurdle.

Also, remember that even if you do get a fertilized egg, if there were any mishaps when the sperm and egg tried to fuse DNA, the cells may not develop beyond a blastocyst (or less!), resulting in a chemical pregnancy. This is something that is random chance, so please don't get too down on yourself if it happens!

Good luck!
little_ems 13th-May-2012 11:54 pm (UTC)
Oh hell yeah -- got preg with my youngest (boy) sex day before. No sex for months either side. Thought i was safe, Ov. pain the next day, think i ovulated about 25hrs after we DTD.

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