While it might seem as though the conception of a baby happens as soon as intercourse is complete, this is not the case. In reality, it takes anywhere from 30 minutes up to five days for conception to actually occur. A coordination of perfect conditions must first occur before a couple will become pregnant.
When trying to get pregnant, having intercourse at the accurate time is required to ensure the achievement of pregnancy. A woman must first be ovulating for the egg to be delivered into position for impregnation. Ovulation is considered the process when the ovary releases a mature egg into the fallopian tube where it then awaits a viable sperm. Depending on when intercourse has occurred, there could be sperm waiting for the egg at time of ovulation. This is because a strong healthy sperm can live up to five to seven days in a woman’s body. A healthy egg, however, can only wait for the sperm from 12 to 24 hours.
While this explanation is an extremely simplified version of a highly complex process, there isn’t a simple, concrete answer to how long conception takes. Depending on your desire to be pregnant, it is important to know how your body works so you can achieve your goals.
Common myths some women believe regarding conception include:
- Raising your legs or pelvis after intercourse will improve your chances at getting pregnant. This is false information. Sperm are genetically predisposed to travel through the ejaculate to your egg. Each ejaculate contains approximately 20 to 80 million sperm in each cubic centimeter. Each ejaculation is approximately 2-3 cubic centimeters. While it doesn’t hurt to prop your hips up to keep the ejaculate inside, there are plenty of sperm vying for one of your eggs.
- Douching immediately after sex will prevent pregnancy. This is also false information. It doesn’t matter what substance you douche with (Coke, bubbly soda water, pre-mixed douching water, or vinegar and water). A woman’s body automatically contracts vaginally to pull semen toward the eggs. While some ejaculate might wash out of the vagina, plenty has already been inserted deeply into the body.
Be responsible before engaging in intercourse and know the ways to prevent conception that work. Don’t just rely on listening to friends because you can easily get poor information. If you are still unsure, speak to your doctor or other health professional.