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Doctor insights on: How Long Following Ovulation Can A Human Egg Cell Can Survive

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How long can an egg survive during ovulation ?

How long can an egg survive during ovulation ?

Up to 24 hours: From ivf experience, the egg loses its ability to fertilize 1 day after it is collected from the ovary. In a natural cycle, the woman is fertile for 1 day after she ovulates. To maximize conception, intercourse should occur for 3 consecutive days after the LH surge. ...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 does an egg survive after ovulation?

How long does an egg survive after ovulation?

About a day: Women don't know exactly when they ovulate, so it's always an estimate. After ovulation, her egg will be fertile for about a day. That means she is truly fertile during just one of those days in her "fertile period". She should have sex throughout her "fertile period" so live sperm will just be hanging around waiting for the egg to pop out, at which time she will truly be fertile, for about a day. ...Read more

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How long is the egg healthy during ovulation?

How long is the egg healthy during ovulation?

12 hours: After the egg is ovulated it is only healthy to be fertilized for about 12 hours. After that the egg dies off and is resorbed by the body. ...Read more

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When you ovulate how long are the eggs able to be fertilized?

When you ovulate how long are the eggs able to be fertilized?

After ovulation: Has occured you have 10-24 hours, after which it can no longer be fertilized. ...Read more

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How long does ovulation take if you release more than one egg in one cycle?

How long does ovulation take if you release more than one egg in one cycle?

It varies: Simultaneous ovulation of two separate eggs can occur and be fertilized by two separate sperm and are known as fraternal twins two separate eggs can also be released days apart with the same result. ...Read more

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How long does Plan B stay in the body? What happens if you take it before Ovulation? Will the egg come out after a few days? Thanks.

How long does Plan B stay in the body? What happens if you take it before Ovulation? Will the egg come out after a few days? Thanks.

Effectivness is 72: Hours, however the effectives tapers off with time from intercourse. So it is most effective the closer taken after intercourse and less effective as time passes. It suppress ovulation if taken before ovulation. If suppression goes away due to time pass and weakened effectiveness of the drug it is possible that the egg come out from the ovary. ...Read more

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How long does it take for sperm to fertilise the egg? Do you always ovulate on day 14?

How long does it take for sperm to fertilise the egg? Do you always ovulate on day 14?

Hours/No: The sperm fertilize an egg over the course of a few hours. The egg is only able to be fertilized for about 12-18 hours, so we usually recommend sex every 2 days during the fertile week to make sure sperm are in the tube when the egg ovulates. Ovulation can occur between day 6-21 and about 3% of ovulations occur during the days of the expected menses. This happens because cycles vary so much. Best. ...Read more

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When u ovulate how long after can the egg stay inside u. Cuz sperm stays inside 4 4 days or so.

When u ovulate how long after can the egg stay inside u. Cuz sperm stays inside 4 4 days or so.

12 hours/72 hours: The egg will remain viable for up to 12 hours or more; sperm may remain viable for up to 72 hours depending upon the circumstances. If they unite during that period of time and then implant in the uterus, you're pregnant. ...Read more

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If sex on april 15 how long would it take to conceive? (of course as egg is ovulated sometime in there) days after or weeks?

If sex on april 15 how long would it take to conceive? (of course as egg is ovulated sometime in there) days after or weeks?

On April 15?: If you conceived from sex on april 15 it would've been on april 15 or 16, you'd have missed all your subsequent periods, and today (9/23/13) you would be almost 25 weeks. ...Read more

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Is it normal to ovulate around day 20 and have 33-36 days cycle? What about the egg quality on long cycle / delayed ovulation?

Is it normal to ovulate around day 20 and have 33-36 days cycle? What about the egg quality on long cycle / delayed ovulation?

Yes, normal: Yes ovulation is about 14 days before menses, so long cycles have later ovulation. No particular reason to believe poor egg quality. You are young. Track ovulation to make sure you time intercourse for pregnancy and you should succeed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My egg follicle is measured 14.3 mm on day 14. My cycle usually 33 days long and i'll ovulate around day 19. Do you think it will reach 18 mm?

Yes: That is appropriate for the time in your cycle. It may grow very quickly. And it does not need to get to 19. It just needs to get a little bigger. My guess is it will be fine. ...Read more

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Could it take up to 1-2 weeks for sperm to fertilize a egg during ovulation? If not how long do it take?

Could it take up to 1-2 weeks for sperm to fertilize a egg during ovulation? If not how long do it take?

No: No, that's not the way it works. If it doesn't happen in 1-2 days, it's not going to happen. ...Read more

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I have long cycles like 35 days usually, and I always ovulate on cd21. I always have cervical mucus. Does it effect my egg quality since a bit late?

I have long cycles like 35 days usually, and I always ovulate on cd21. I always have cervical mucus. Does it effect my egg quality since a bit late?

Maybe: The length of your menstrual cycle does not affect the quality of the eggs but the underlying condition that causes you to have longer cycles can at times affect the quality of the eggs. I would recommend to discuss it with your obgyn or fertility specialist. ...Read more

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When I see the egg white type of mucus, does that mean I ovulated or I will ovulate soon? If so how long will I ovulate after seeing those type mucus?

When I see the egg white type of mucus, does that mean I ovulated or I will ovulate soon? If so how long will I ovulate after seeing those type mucus?

About to ovulate: The egg white type of cervical mucus coincide with the high level of estrogen that precede ovulation. Once you see the discharge your are most likely to ovulate in the next 24-48h. It is best to have intercourse the day that you see the different discharge. The ovulation kit will usually show positive on the day that the cervical mucus change to the " egg white". Good luck! ...Read more

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This is an ovulation question. How long does the female egg live before being fertilized by spermatozoa? What's the window

This is an ovulation question. How long does the female egg live before being fertilized by spermatozoa? What's the window

24 hours or less: An oocyte can be fertilized for a maximum of 24 hours after ovulation, many believe only 10-12 hours. Technically that's not quite the same as saying 24 hours after detection of an lh surge. It's much shorter than most realize, the idea of "4-5 fertile days" is not biologically correct at all, it's a simplification for timing strategy at home. ...Read more

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If I had sex with my boyfriend the day I calculated to be my ovulation day, how long til the egg is fertilize and when should I do a home test?

If I had sex with my boyfriend the day I calculated to be my ovulation day, how long til the egg is fertilize and when should I do a home test?

7-10 days after: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...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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Does egg white cervical mucus happen before ovulation or does it mean you are ovulating, if before how long can it start before ovulation takes place?

Mucous not ovulation: In someone who has classic 28-day cycles, the mucous you describe from the cervix does become more abundant prior to ovulation. Because sperm can live for 2 - 5 days in the female genital tract, the appearance of the cervical mucous precedes ovulation and points to the "fertile time" during the cycle. If one is doomed not to ovulate, the appearance of mucous has no meaning. ...Read more