Fertility

How Long Does it Take to Get Pregnant After Sex?

Team Peanut11 months ago4 min read

If you’re trying to get pregnant right now, there’s probably one question at the forefront of your mind: how long does conception take? How long does it take to get pregnant after sex?

Trying to conceive

If this is you, you may be at the phase when you’re rushing home to get down, not because you’re a hot new couple but because this little act (yes, it’s okay to admit that it might be losing its charm) has to happen right now, while you’re ovulating. It’s no longer “what do want for breakfast in the morning?” but it’s “how long does it take to get pregnant after sex?”

Οr, on the other hand, you’re on the opposite end of the spectrum, and are hoping with all your might that the answer to the question, “how long after sex does implantation occur?” is “it doesn’t in your case.” If this is you, firstly, try not to get yourself knotted with anxiety. Many of us have been there at some point in time.

Whatever perspective you’re coming from, you may find the answer to “how long it takes to get pregnant after sex” somewhat unsatisfying. That’s because this is one of those “how long is a piece of string” questions, except this is not just any string. This kind of string is the having-a-baby kind of string. And that’s some serious string.

How long does conception take?

Let’s begin with the simplest scenario: optimal conditions for pregnancy where everyone on the team (as in both sperm and egg) is game. This entails:

1. Timing, ie. sex should happen when you’re ovulating, or just before;
2. Matching, ie. the egg and the sperm who are going to join forces to make your baby are into the idea.

With this state of affairs, one might think that it happens in a flash. Egg + Sperm = Instant To-Be-Baby. Alas, nothing pregnancy-related is this simple.

Even when you have the perfect match at the perfect time, it could still take up to a week (yes, you heard that right) for conception to take place.

So hold on, when does conception occur then? And how long after sex, does it take place?

How long after sex does implantation occur?

So, how long does it take for sperm to reach the egg and implant? Here’s the lowdown.

After your romantic evening (or morning, or afternoon, depending on your preference), and provided there are no obstacles like condoms in the way, sperm trek up to your fallopian tubes where they’re like, “Hey? Hello? Any eggs around? Anyone keen to go into partnership with me on this venture?” (Remember that there are loads of them, like 280 million of them, and that they can hang around there for a few days. They’re keen to make this happen.)

If you’re ovulating, there will likely be an egg either waiting or on its way to take them up on the offer. The egg essentially has a timeframe of 12 to 24 hours where it can be fertilized.

That means, if pregnancy is something you’re looking for in your life, get in tune (as far as possible, it’s not easy of course) with your menstrual cycle. You’ll be wanting to have sex just before or during ovulation. And remember, those sperm are happy to wait around for about 5 days after sex to get the job done.

So, how long does it take to get pregnant after sex then?

Ultimately, the world of conception is a sticky one (um, no pun intended). So many factors come into play in terms of how quickly it will happen for you. Age, health, and the time of the month you have sex are just some of the considerations.

We know that trying to conceive can be stressful, so make sure you have a support system around you that will be there every step of the way. And if you don’t already have one, find yours on Peanut.