In the end, the fact that there are a great number of committed relationships that result in the birth of children is evidence that a woman becoming pregnant is not at all dependent on having a one-night stand. However, the theory that you have a greater chance of becoming pregnant after having a one-night stand isn’t the only explanation for this phenomenon.
If you spend years actively avoiding pregnancy, it can be a surprise to get pregnant pretty quickly, much less the first time you try. That’s exactly what happened to NCIS: New Orleans star Zoe McLellan. “For me, it was a bit too easy,” the 41-year-old actor said in an episode of People‘s video series “Mom Talk.” McLellan said she told her then-boyfriend that she was looking to become a mom, and it happened right away. “We got pregnant the first time we had sex,” she says. “Pretty fast and furious.”
We’ve all heard these stories of women who become pregnant as soon as they decide they want to be, but how common is that, really? Not very, but a fair amount of women get pregnant fairly quickly, Maureen Whelihan, M.D., an ob/gyn at the Center for Sexual Health & Education, tells SELF. This is what she tells her wannabe-pregnant patients (assuming they have unprotected sex twice a week): “50 percent will be pregnant within three months, 75 percent will be pregnant in six months, 90 percent will be pregnant in one year, and 95 percent will be pregnant in two years.”
There are a few indicators that getting pregnant may be easier for you than for other women, Lauren Streicher, M.D., an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, tells SELF. They include having regular periods (not just every month, but consistently the same number of days in each cycle), and having PMS symptoms like sore breasts and cramps before your period. These are all signs that your cycle is on track.
Of course, it’s not always super-easy for many women to get pregnant, even if they time it correctly. “When you ovulate, the egg is only good for 24 hours each,” Whelihan says. “Even if you have [unprotected] sex on the right day of the month, there’s still only a 20 percent chance of conceiving [from that session].” Since sperm can live in your uterus for a few days, she recommends “getting some in there in advance” of ovulating.
Ease of conceiving also depends on a woman’s age, says Streicher: “There’s a very big difference between what is expected for a 25-year-old and a 40-year-old.” Streicher tells her older patients who say they want to start trying that they should begin tracking their ovulation. If they’re not ovulating regularly or haven’t gotten pregnant within four months, they should see their doctor. And in general, “If [a woman over 35] has been trying for four months, it’s an appropriate time to look at things,” she says. On the other hand, if you’re under 35, doctors typically recommend that you wait until you’ve been trying for a year before seeing them to talk about possible next steps. It’s important to remember that it’s not necessarily about you. “When patients aren’t conceiving, 40 percent of the reasons are due to male factors, like low sperm count and bad swimmers,” Whelihan says.
No matter what, if you don’t get pregnant right away, try to worry as little as possible—even though that can be incredibly tough—and manage your stress in a healthy way. “The time it takes a person to get pregnant varies significantly from woman to woman,” women’s health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D., tells SELF. “Unfortunately, it isn’t something we can control, so stressing over it usually doesn’t help.”
If you’re ready to get pregnant, like, yesterday, it’s natural that you wouldn’t want to wait a whole year to see what’s going on, and experts get that. There’s no rule that says you absolutely have to wait before calling up your doctor. “I tell women they have to be very proactive,” Streicher says. As soon as you talk your concerns over with a medical professional, you’ll be one step closer to actually getting pregnant.
How Likely is it To Get Pregnant From one Time?
The bottom line is that a single act of intercourse between a young couple has an average chance of resulting in a pregnancy of one in twenty – this is assuming that the opportunity presented itself on a random day, as these things have a tendency to do when you are young. In other words, the probability of becoming pregnant from a single act of intercourse between a young couple is one in twenty.
The likelihood of a woman becoming pregnant from a single act of unprotected sex (for example, from a one night stand) varies from person to person, and it also depends on the stage of a woman’s menstrual cycle at the time of the act of sexual activity. At the time of ovulation, when the egg is being released, the likelihood of becoming pregnant after only one sexual encounter is at its highest. During this time, on average, up to one-third of women will become pregnant after only one sexual encounter.
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What is the best way to get pregnant?
Many women spend much of their life trying not to get pregnant and then find that when they actually try to have a baby, it takes longer than they had hoped. If you are trying for a baby and don’t get pregnant the first time you try, it is important not to panic. Many perfectly healthy women can take up to a year or more to become pregnant. Though pregnancy is a theoretical possibility any time you have sex, your best chance of getting pregnant will be if you have frequent sex around the time of ovulation. For women with a regular 28-day menstrual cycle, this will be approximately 14 days after the start of their last period, although it can vary from woman to woman. In some countries, it may be possible to buy an ovulation testing kit from a chemist to help you work out when you’re most fertile.
If a man pulls his penis out before he comes or doesn’t put it in all the way, can I still get pregnant?
It is possible for a woman to become pregnant in spite of the fact that a man may not insert his penis all the way or may remove his penis prior to ejaculating. This is due to the fact that sperm can be found in the “pre-come,” which is the lubricating fluid that leaks out of a man’s penis prior to and during sex. If this fluid makes its way into or around the vagina, it has the potential to make its way inside, which would result in pregnancy.
Can I get pregnant as a result of anal sex?
It is not possible to become pregnant as a direct result of engaging in an oral sexual activity; however, pregnancy is a possibility in the event that any sperm escapes from the anus and enters the vagina. Therefore, engaging in anal sex is not the most effective method for preventing pregnancy in the long run. It is strongly recommended that women use some form of continuous contraception, such as the pill or condoms.
Because some people find the concept of anal sex to be unsettling, anyone who is interested in engaging in anal intercourse needs to be one hundred percent certain that their partner is also willing to try it. It also carries a higher risk of transmission for HIV and other infections; therefore, it is recommended that you use a condom if you do engage in deviant sexual behavior.
Can you get pregnant through oral sex if you swallow sperm?
Even if she swallows, oral sex will not result in pregnancy for either of you, so don’t bother trying. In order to become pregnant, sperm must first enter the female reproductive tract.
Can sperm pass through clothes?
No, generally clothing acts as a barrier against sperm.
Are there any ways to tell if you are pregnant without taking a pregnancy test?
The first sign of pregnancy is usually the absence of a period. Other symptoms of pregnancy can include tender breasts, nausea, and tiredness but not everybody experiences these. If you suspect you are pregnant you should take a pregnancy test. This can be done at a clinic, or you can buy a home testing kit from most major supermarkets and pharmacies. If you use a home test kit it is important to get the result confirmed by your doctor or healthcare professional at a local clinic.
How long should I wait before carrying out a pregnancy test?
It is dependent on the kind of test that you purchase. The vast majority of pregnancy tests advise testing on the day your period is scheduled to arrive; however, you can purchase some that can detect the pregnancy hormone in your urine up to four or five days in advance of this recommendation. You need to make sure that you read the instructions carefully in order to find out how much time you need to wait. If you are unsure of when your period will arrive, it is best to postpone taking a pregnancy test for at least 10 days after you have engaged in sexual activity without using protection (although it is worth remembering that it can take up to nineteen days or more to show a positive result). If you get a negative result but your period still hasn’t started, you should continue to test every three days until you either get a positive result or your period starts. If you get a positive result, you’ll know that you are pregnant. The sooner you are able to confirm that you are indeed pregnant, the sooner you will be able to begin planning for what comes next.
The pregnancy test result was negative, but my period still hasn’t arrived. Could I still be pregnant?
If you conducted the test too soon (as described in the previous section), then the answer is possibly still yes. On the other hand, if you are certain that you have not tested too soon, then the delay in your period could very well be a result of stress. Your stress hormones may rise if you worry about anything, including the possibility of becoming pregnant, and this may, in turn, cause your menstrual cycle to become disrupted. It is also possible that your period is irregular because you have recently lost or gained a significant amount of weight, engaged in an excessive amount of strenuous exercise, or have always had irregular periods. It is common for young women who have only recently begun menstruating to have very irregular menstrual cycles; therefore, if you have only recently begun menstruating or have only been menstruating for a few years, try not to panic. If, on the other hand, your period is more than a week or two late when it is normally regular for you, you should probably think about making an appointment with your primary care physician.