How do I Get Pregnant?

Here’s a brief overview of what happens for a couple to conceive naturally:

  1. A woman’s reproductive system must produce the cascade of hormones that results in ovulation and the releasing of an egg from one of the ovaries. This occurs monthly.
  2. A man’s reproductive system must be producing a healthy sperm count.
  3. A couple must have unprotected intercourse during her fertility window which is the five to six days prior to ovulation. For conception to take place, at least one healthy and vigorous sperm must be waiting in the fallopian tube at the moment ovulation occurs and must be able to fertilize the egg within 12-24 hours of the egg being released from the ovary.
  4. After ovulation, the woman’s reproductive system releases a new cocktail of hormones that builds up the endometrium, or uterine lining.
  5. The fertilized egg (or embryo) goes through a series of cell divisions and travels down the fallopian tube into the uterus.
  6. Once the embryo reaches the uterus, it implants itself into the uterine lining, or endometrium. This occurs about four to 10 days after fertilization.
  7. After implantation, the embryo creates both fetal cells and placental cells. The hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), or “the pregnancy hormone,” will begin to be produced.
  8. About one week later, or approximately 14 days after ovulation, there is enough circulating hCG for a pregnancy test to give a positive result.

You are more likely to get pregnant from sex that occurs on just three days out of the month. At most, you are potentially fertile for seven days each month.