Monthly Cycle and Getting Pregnant
Understanding your monthly cycle and how fertility works is key to preventing an unwanted pregnancy and increasing your changes of getting pregnant when you are ready.
On average a women in her childbearing age with have a monthly cycle that last 28 days. Your cycle begins on the first day of your period. Your period is a combination of blood and tissue that lined your uterus. On average your period will last for 5-7 days. After your period your uterus will begin to building another rich lining. This lining creates a place for a fertilized egg to implant.
Ovulation occurs when an egg is release from your ovary. Once you ovulate that egg only has 12-24 hours to get fertilized before the egg is no longer viable. Ovulation generally occurs on day 14 but can be anywhere from day 11-16.
If your egg is fertilized by a sperm then it will travel down the fallopian tube and to the uterus. Once in the uterus the fertilized egg will implant into the rich lining. A fertilized egg with usually implant around 6-10 days after ovulation (approximately day 20-24 of your cycle).
Once the fertilized egg has implanted in the uterus you are officially pregnant. The fertilized egg will burrow into the uterine lining and your body will start producing the pregnancy hormone called hCG. You might be able to get a positive pregnancy result around day 28 of your cycle if you are pregnant.