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Staralea asked on 10/16/2007 4:08:30 PM Report this post I've done SOME research, but I still can't find specific answers to afew couple questions. Maybe you can help me out. :)

For one, if your cervix is closed and you BD, does the sperm just hang out there until the cervix opens and then proceed to go up to the fallopian tubes?

For two, if you feel mittelshmerz (ovulation)...when should you BD by to ensure, or at least try, to conceive? (I read you should BD the day before OR at least on the day OF ovulation for a better outcome)

For three, how long does it take for sperm to reach the fallopian tubes, and is their reaching speed better if the cervix is already open and you BD rather than relying on an old BD's sperm when the cervix was closed?

For four, how long is the egg in the fallopian tube before it heads to the uterus? (and that's the only time it can be fertilized, right?)

K....I think that's it! Thanks everyone!!! :)

tgerber said on 10/16/2007 7:35:16 PM Report this post
I hope someone knows the answers because I too would like to know!!!!
Also is there a problem if you CANNOT reach you cervix?

casylvestre said on 10/16/2007 8:30:41 PM Report this post
Ok I researched these for you:

1. CERVIX Such an important part of our anatomy which is not seen by most women. Most women have no idea what their cervix looks like. If someone asked me what a cervix looks like, I would have to say that I think it looks like the tip of a penis (forgive me for saying so, but it really does!) It is rounded and firm with a small opening in the center called the os (pronounced like "toss" without the 't'). This is the entrance into the uterus. This is where the sperm makes their mad dash, if they can get inside that little hole they are safe from the harsh environment of the vagina.

If a woman is fertile, there will be fertile mucus at the os, to guide the sperm in, if she is not fertile at this time the sperm meets an impenetrable barrier of infertile mucus which they cannot make their way through, and they die in the natural acidic environment of the vagina.

2. Yes you should BD when your OPK shows a + that means you will most likely O w/in 24-48 hours and also BD again during that window-

3. SPerm in the most optimal envoronment can live up to 96 hours, if the pserm are not in that environment then they will die- But it only takes one strong sperm to get in and swim up to the egg

Conception is a process that begins with fertilisation. When the ovary releases the egg, it is picked up by the fallopian tube and it is here that it will be fertilised by the sperm. Sperm are able to wait around in the womb and fallopian tube until the egg is released. Small beating hairs and tiny wavelike contractions help the egg travel along the fallopian tube where it may meet a sperm within minutes or within hours. The egg only lives between 12-24 hours so it increases the chance of pregnancy if the sperm are ready and waiting. Out of all the millions of sperm that are ejaculated into the vagina only a smaller number will actually survive the trip to the fallopian tubes and finally only one sperm will actually enter the egg. The sperm attaches itself to the egg and by producing a special substance it dissolves the outer coat of the egg and enters. A quick repair of the egg coating means that no other sperm can get in. Once the sperm is fully inside the egg, fertilisation has taken place

The time from ovulation to implantation is around 10 days, during which time the egg is fertilised and is wafted down the fallopian tube to the ready-prepared womb. Here it settles and attaches itself to the thick, nutritious lining. Implantation has now taken place, conception is complete and the pregnancy begins.

Aletha88 said on 10/17/2007 5:02:23 AM Report this post
omg im so glad that someone could answer that, because im having the same problem as tgerber and staralea, and thank u Statalea for posting that up, becasue i really did not know how to word it, and thank u casylvestre for give me the answer!!

tgerber said on 10/18/2007 6:48:24 AM Report this post
Here is another fact I found:
Sperm only makes up about 5% of what you actually ejaculate, the other alkaline substances, some of which will help protect the sperm from hazards as they swim through the females acid vagina make up the rest.

After approximately 90 seconds the sperm reaches the cervix. Its journey which can take from anything from 5 minutes to 1 hour continues up through the womb, (and) into the fallopian tubes and on towards the egg, which all sounds a little tiring.(All facts and figures supplied by Helen Knox from SEXplained 2… For Young People ISBN 0952622416 -
Sperm survival will depend upon the state of the cervical fluid and how close a woman is to ovulation. Sperm can live up to approximately 5 days in fertile cervical fluid. So even if you haven't had penetrative intercourse you can still get her pregnant.

So with all of this furious activity going on why is it that some couples find it so hard to get pregnant?

For the most part it will simply be a matter of timing. If the woman gets to know her cycle, they will know when to time intercourse. Unlike men who are generally fertile 365 days of the year there is only a small window of fertility each cycle for a woman.

Both quantity and quality of the sperm are important determinants of fertility. A man is considered clinically infertile if his sperm concentration falls below 20 million/ml semen. This cut-off level was chosen because it is recommended by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the cut-off level to determine a man's fertility status.
I fond this info on

Staralea said on 10/18/2007 8:45:34 AM Report this post
Yeah tgerber! That information is awesome! Thanks a ton!!!!! Good luck to all! :)

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