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A 18-year-old female asked:

Can you still get pregnant if sperm is ejaculated into the vagina even though its after ovulation?

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Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Pregnancy: only occurs when sperm fertilizes an egg. This occurs after ovulation, the egg being expelled at ovulation and being fertile for at the most 2 days. So there is a 1-2 day window for the sperm to fertilize the egg. Sperm can stay alive in the vaginal tract for up to 5 days. So if you know exactly when you ovulate and exactly when sperm is available you can determine if it is possible.
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Yes!: While the efficacy that intercourse may result in a pregnancy varies at different time points during your cycle, don't ignore the fact that even a reduced chance of pregnancy is considerably (and possibly unacceptably) higher than with abstinence.

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College Park, MD
A 18-year-old female asked:

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Sure you can: Cycle timing has an incredibly high failure rate which is why couples start birth control. Ovulation is necessary to get pregnant but trying to time intercourse around it has a high failure rate. If avoiding pregnancy is important to you please see your doctor to discuss more effective birth control methods. Use over the counter Plan B if intercourse was within 72 hours to decrease the risk
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