How Long Does It Take To Get Pregnant After Ovulation
There is an advertisement for a popular early home pregnancy test that talks about how wonderrful it would be to know that you are pregnant hours after you conceived.Â And to the many women struggling with infertility and desperate to have a baby, it certainly would be wonderful.
Pregnancy refers to the successful implantation of a fertilized egg. Implantation usually takes anywhere from 6-12 days after ovulation to occur. Once implantation of the embryo into the uterus occurs successfully then the body starts to produce the pregnancy hormone, HCG. This is the hormone that home pregnancy tests measure and some claim to have a sensistive that measures as low as 20 units of HCG.
But sometimes the egg might get fertilized by the sperm but not implant successfully.
Is there any way to figure out if your egg was successfully fertilized?
Apparently, there is. There is a substance known as Early Pregnancy Factor, EPF, which the body produces once a successful fertilization has taken place. The fertilized egg does not produce it directly but stimulates the body to produce it. And it can be tested for.
So in fact, you CAN know if your egg was successfully fertilized anywhere as early as 6 hours after fertilization has occurred! The range given is between 6-48 hours. Isn’t that amazing? I am not sure how available this test is. But it has been around since 1976 so it can’t possibly be so the state of the art that only specialized labs have it. Or can it? But the point is that we can know if we have gotten one step closer to having our baby.
We can test for EPF and thus know if the sperm fertilized the egg.
If we still do not get pregnant then we will know that it is definitely some kind of implantation issue. In another article, I will talk about testing the uterine lining to determine receptivity levels for the embryo.
The things we find out on our journey to becoming a mommy!