Trying to get pregnant and wanna know how long does it take sperm to reach the egg and fertilize after having sex? Then you are in the right place. In this article, we are going to know about all the common questions you have regarding the time sperm takes to fertilize an egg.
Honestly, it is the most common topic of discussion among the patients at Ferticity Fertility Clinics. So, the short answer to this question is it generally takes 14 hours to 5 days for a sperm to reach the egg after sex.
But, there is more to this process. So let’s jump right into the topic.
Time It Takes For A Sperm To Reach The Egg After Sex
Following the ejaculation, the sperms swim through the vagina of the female partner to the cervix, then to the uterus and then finally into the uterine tube.
So, the sperm has to travel a distance of 14 to 18 cm which is a long journey for these tiny sperms to travel. But you might think there are millions of sperm that enter the vagina, then why does it take so long for a sperm to reach the egg?
The answer is that, out of 1 million sperms that enter the uterus, only 10,000 to 12000 sperms make it to the other topmost organs. And you would be shocked to know that among those 10 o 12 thousand sperm cells only 5,000 turn in the right oviduct. As they reach the right oviduct, only 1000 sperm cells move into the Fallopian tube, and among those 1000 sperm, only 200 sperm cells sprint to reach the egg but only 1 enters and fertilizes it.
With that said the estimated time it takes sperm to reach the egg after sex is 14 hours to 5 days depending upon your ovulation. This is because if you haven’t ovulated by the time you have sex, it might take longer for the sperm to attach to the egg and get fertilized.
Can You Feel The Sperm Reach The Egg?
Will you be able to feel the sperm reaching the egg or fertilizing? The answer is no, you won’t feel anything during the fertilization of the egg.
Our doctors at Ferticity Fertility Clinics explain that there are some women who might feel the implantation in the form of slight cramps or light bleeding.
Things You Can Do To Boost Your Chances Of Sperm Fertilizing The Egg
There are many ways you can increase your chances of sperm fertilizing the egg, the following methods are:
- Have sex as close as possible to your ovulation cycle
- Try to maintain a good diet
- Quit smoking and consuming alcohol
- Have sex 3 times a week
- The male partner should refrain from sexual activities for a week before trying to conceive during the ovulation period
When To Seek Help?
Sometimes after trying for almost 6 months couples fail to conceive and this could be due to many reasons. However, the main reason behind this is infertility. So to help you with that, there are many infertility procedures that increase the chances of sperm fertilizing the egg.
At Ferticity Fertility Clinics, we help couples to have a successful pregnancy through various affordable and advanced infertility treatments. For any fertility-related issues call us at +91 9910120674, +91-11-45890000 or book an appointment with us. We are here to help you and support you during this tough journey.