When you are trying to get pregnant, timing can be everything. Knowing when to have intercourse to get pregnant is an important part of the process. Once ovulation occurs, an egg is released and can be fertilized by a male reproductive cell within a 12 hour period. However, many people don't realize that the egg only has a lifespan of 24 hours after ovulation.
This means that to maximize your chances of conception, it is important to have intercourse before ovulation so that the male reproductive cell is already in the cervix when the egg is released. This way, the male reproductive cell is ready to fertilize the egg once it is released.
According to Cleveland Clinic, it is important to track your cycle so that you are aware of when ovulation is likely to occur. This can be done by keeping track of your basal body temperature or by using an ovulation predictor kit. Once you know when ovulation is likely to occur, you can plan to have intercourse in the days leading up to it. This way, the male reproductive cell will already be in the cervix once the egg is released.
It is also important to note that the male reproductive cell can survive up to 72 hours in the cervix, so even if you have intercourse several days before ovulation, the male reproductive cell may still be present to fertilize the egg once it is released.
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