When does implantation occur after ovulation? This is one of the common questions asked by couples trying for pregnancy. In most of the cases, implantation symptoms are not clearly noticeable. You have to be very concentrating in order to observe those changes in the body. Women who have been trying to get pregnant become anxious about finding out about the conception before a missed period or taking a pregnancy test.
So, here in this article we are going to explain the implantation process and when it happens…
A brief note on the process of conception from ovulation to implantation:
If you are trying to get pregnant then you have to understand that every stage of your menstrual cycle and its time period plays an important role in the journey of conception. Here’s few stages that are more crucial…
Ovulation occurs in the middle of your menstrual cycle that is around 14 or 15th day (if you period is 26 – 28 days long). However this may be not exactly same every month and also differs from woman to woman. Ovulation is the most important phase of the menstrual cycle as the egg will be released from the follicles. So, if you are wondering how to calculate the exact ovulation day then subtract 12 – 16 days from your regular menstrual cycle length. This time period is most likely considered ovulation phase.
In some cases, ovulation can also happen earlier or later of this time period. So, if you are having a regular 28 day cycle then ovulation will occur between 12 – 17 days. However, in the case of irregular period, a mature egg can be released a week later or earlier.
In some cases where the woman has hormonal imbalance, an anovulatory cycle can take place. During this phase, the ovum will not be released from the ovaries.
Women try to use various ovulation tracking or safe period tracking methods like basal body temperature, calendar or symptothermal methods. You can choose any one based up on your convenience. The accuracy of these methods depend on how well you follow the instructions.
Fertilization (sperm meeting the egg) happens within 12 – 24 hours after ovulation. This short period is all you have got to get pregnant. Even many healthy couples cannot get conceived within first few months of pregnancy because they are not able to track down the fertile period accurately.
So, we always recommend using cervical mucus method or basal body temperature method to track down the changes and know the accurate fertile period of your menstrual cycle. You can either write down the information or record the data using any online apps.
Implantation is a process where the fertilized egg attaches itself to the endometrial lining and invades into it. In order to determine when implantation takes place, you have to know the ovulation date. In general, 9th day after ovulation is considered to be the implantation day. Approximately, 40% of the women get pregnant on the 9th day after the ovulation takes place.
Why does it take so long for implantation to occur?
Once the sperm fertilizes the egg, it travels down to uterine cavity from fallopian tubes. During this 6 – 7 days of trip (fallopian to uterus), the fertilized egg divides into morula and finally into a blastocyst. For the next 2 – 3 days the blastocysts will freely roam in the uterus to prepare for the implantation. In the next few hours to a day, the egg attaches itself to the uterine or endometrium lining and invades deep into it. This time duration can change (either short or long) depending on the person’s hormone balance.
How to know if you are undergoing implantation process?
In most of the cases, women don’t even realize then signs of undergoing an implantation process. Because medically, the blastocyst will be only 2mm in size and doesn’t cause much damage to the lining that can reflect any discomforting symptoms. However if you are sensitive and very attentive to the changes happening then here are few symptoms you may experience…
1. Implantation Bleeding
Almost 30% of women experience light pink or brown discharge which is called as implantation spotting or bleeding. The color of the discharge usually differs based on the time taken for the blood to come out of the vagina. Bleeding occurs when the fertilized egg causes rupture in the lining while invading deep into it.
2. Implantation Pain
As per gynecologists, experiencing implantation pain is very less. However, very few women can experience them in the abdominal area. They are usually very mild and not so bothering. If you are having severe pains for more than few hours then it is better to consult a gynecologist as soon as possible.
3. Progesterone Levels
In order to support the conception process, woman’s body increases the production of progesterone levels. This increase will also lead to increase in basal body temperature. Progesterone levels can be checked by taking a blood test.
Some frequently Asked Question about Implantation
1. Can the fertilized egg attach itself into uterine lining after a delay in period?
In most of the cases, it is not possible. However if you have irregular periods that last more than 32 days then it can happen.
2. How long does it take for implantation bleeding to stop?
Generally you experience only few drops of bleeding due to implantation which doesn’t last more than 1 – 3 days. If you are experiencing heavy bleeding with clots then consult a gynecologist.
3. What happens at the time of implantation?
During the implantation process, the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterus lining. And later it borrows itself into the uterus deeply.
4. How long does it take for the egg take to implant itself?
The fertilized egg usually takes few hours to 1 day for completely implanting itself into the uterine lining.
5. What does it feel like during implantation process?
Medically, it is not possible to experience any signs or symptoms while the implantation process is going on. However, women who are sensitive and very attentive can observe mild abdominal pain.
6. So, can I take a pregnancy test right after I experience the implantation symptoms?
Nope, because you will get inaccurate results. After implantation occurs, the implanted fetus releases hCG hormone into the blood. It takes few days for the hCG to accumulate in the urine. So, we recommend taking the pregnancy test after a missed period.
We hope the information provided in this article was helpful in clearing your doubts regarding the ovulation and implantation. If you are further queries, write to us in the comment section below. We will answer them as soon as possible.