The time it takes to get pregnant after making love with your partner varies for each individual and couple. In general, pregnancy occurs when a sperm fertilizes an egg released by the woman’s ovary during ovulation. Ovulation occurs approximately once every menstrual cycle and typically happens around day 14 of a 28-day menstrual cycle.
If a couple has intercourse during the fertile window, which is the period leading up to and including ovulation, the chances of conception increase. However, getting pregnant is not a guarantee even if intercourse occurs during the fertile window. Factors such as age, overall health, and underlying medical conditions can impact fertility and the chances of conception.
The short answer is that the egg and sperm can meet within minutes to up to 12 hours after ejaculation.
It is important to note that there are factors that can affect fertility and increase the time it takes to conceive. These include smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, stress, and certain medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. Lifestyle changes and medical interventions may help improve fertility and increase the chances of conception.