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How long does an egg last after ovulation and is pregnancy still possible one day past ovularion?

How long does an egg last after ovulation and is pregnancy still possible one day past ovularion?

Possible: Nobody really knows how long the egg lasts after ovulation but some experts in the field believe that it lasts for ~ 24 hours. I have seen people get pregnant by having intercourse within 24 hours of ovulation, so it is possible. ...Read more

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Ovulation (Definition)

Ovulation is the act of the ovary releasing the egg after it has been hormonally prepared, to be ...Read more

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How long after ovulation does the egg stay viable? I've heard 24 hours? Am i safe if i waited about a week and a half to have sex after ovulating?

How long after ovulation does the egg stay  viable? I've heard 24 hours? Am i safe if i waited about a week and a half to have sex after ovulating?

Less than 24 hours: Probably less than 24 hours after ovulation. You should not get pregnant from sex a week and a half after you ovulate. Sometimes you can ovulate later than expected or miscalculate when you ovulate, so avoiding sex around the time of ovulation is not a great birth control method, especially if you're 18. Talk to your dr about birth control options. ...Read more

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At when is the egg able to get fertilized (24hr window) after ovulation, before or during?

At when is the egg able to get fertilized (24hr window) after ovulation, before or during?

Ovulation : Sperm must meet the egg when it is released from the ovary. Thus sperm must be inside of the female before ovulation. ...Read more

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Can you get egg white CM after ovulation? 8dpo?

Can you get egg white CM after ovulation? 8dpo?

Possibly: Ovulation occurs with high levels of estrogen which increase days before ovulation to a maximum 1-2 days before. Usually the mucus that is clear that you notice occurs starting days before ovultion. You have about 24-36 hrs from the peak of the mucus to ovulate. You may see some after ovulation, but it will be much less than seen before. ...Read more

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So a woman's egg is viable 12-24 hrs after ovulation? So intercourse the day after ovulation is fine to try to conceive?

So a woman's egg is viable 12-24 hrs after ovulation? So intercourse the day after ovulation is fine to try to conceive?

Yes: Inside a woman's body, sperm can live for up to five days depending on the conditions. If you have unprotected sex even a few days before your partner ovulates, there is a chance of achieving a pregnancy. ...Read more

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So if ovulated on Aug 2nd, I heard an egg is viable 12-24 hrs after ovulation? So if I had intercourse Aug 3rd I can still get pregnant?

So if ovulated on Aug 2nd, I heard an egg is viable 12-24 hrs after ovulation? So if I had intercourse Aug 3rd I can still get pregnant?

Yes: If it's been 24 hours or less from ovulation to intercourse, you can get pregnant. It's usually difficult to know exactly when ovulation occurred. Pregnancy is more likely when intercourse is before ovulation, since sperm live longer than the egg. ...Read more

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Does Plan B one step really work if i take it during ovulation or after ovulation? Because wouldn't the egg have appeared already and have met sperm?

Works more than 1: Way. Plan b can prevent the ovary from releasing an egg, thickens cervical mucus which makes it harder for the sperm to reach the egg and thins the lining of the uterus to prevent implantation. You should use protection every single time you have vaginal intercourse if you are not ready to become a parent. ...Read more

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