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Watertown, NY
A 34-year-old female asked:

what are my chances of getting pregnant when having sex on my ovulating day?

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Dr. John Gordon
Fertility Medicine 32 years experience
Depends: Maximum human fertility is about 20-25% per cycle. Sex on the day before and day of ovulation is the best for conception so your best odds are 20-25% per month. The odds could be lower if there are fertility issues such as tubal problems, sperm problems, endometriosis or if you have been trying for over 1 year.

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A 19-year-old female asked:

What are the chances of me getting pregnant having sex 6 days before ovulation?

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Dr. Yvette Westford
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