Intercourse 2 days before fertile window – could I be pregnant?

posted 2 years ago in TTC
  • poll: Intercourse 2 days prior to fertile window, could I be pregnant?
    Very likely : (30 votes)
    49 %
    Not likely : (19 votes)
    31 %
    Like you, I don't know how this all works either! : (12 votes)
    20 %
  • Post # 2
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Well, your fertile window generally refers to the four or five days surrounding ovulation. So if you were due to ovulate on September 20, your FW would be between Sept. 15th and Sept. 20th, because sperm can live for up to five days under the right circumstances. Assuming the calculator correctly predicted your ovulation date, then unprotected sex on Sept. 13th is unlikely to lead to pregnancy. Also, while crazier things have happened, coitus interruptus – even in your fertile window – is also unlikely to lead to pregnancy.

    However, those online calculators aren’t perfect – they assume that every woman ovulates on CD 14, and many women ovulate sooner or later. The best way to know for sure when you are fertile or not fertile is to learn how to chart your cervical mucus and temperature. 

    Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    It’s possible, however calculators that just guess your fertile window are often inaccurate. I had regular 28ish day cycles and assumed ovulation around 14 or 15 dpo based on symptoms only. When I actually started temping I discovered I was ovulating around 13dpo.

    Post # 5
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    894 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    It’s hard to tell because the ovulation calculators aren’t perfect, and some women have longer fertile windows than others.  So, if you were definitely not fertile when you dtd, then probably no, you’re not pregnant.  Sperm can only live inside you for a few days if you have good, fertile mucus (not just any old regular mucus).  Without that, they die out in a matter of hours.  Most NFP/FAM methods will tell you that the dry days in between AF and your fertile time are safe if abstaining.

    Based on that, without checking cm or temping, there’s really know way to know until you can test or get AF. Good luck all the same!

    Post # 6
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    7098 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Yes it’s possible. Sperm can live up to 5 days I believe. However, online calculators could be waaaay off for your O date.

    Post # 7
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    3756 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    BearyLovely:  I avoided it for a long time because I thought it would just be another added stress in the TTC journey, but honestly once I did it I was glad I did. It’s so easy to do first thing in the morning and then you can actually know for sure when you are ovulating! I highly recommend it!!

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    BearyLovely:  I’d definatly recommend temping as those calculators arnt synced to YOU personally 😉 …. for ex: my first month I signed up on FF I wasnt TTC yet just trying to get to know the software etc…practice month to figure out what we were gonna do and didnt temp at first… my fertile window was assumed the 4-5 days in and around the CD14 thing as it does everyone…(so like 2 days before and 2 after? I cant remember which days)….turns out when I temped I wasnt Ov until CD19-20….so I would have been missing it entirely…would have been going crazy BD a week too early lol

    it does seem like temping can be daunting…. but really its sooooo much easier then it seems. When you look at the stuff you might be like screw this…but seriously… its takes 30 seconds or less and your done.

    Post # 10
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    821 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    BearyLovely:  Can I ask… since it sounds like you’re trying to get pregnant… why did he pull out the second time? You know that hurts your chances, right? 

    Post # 12
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    3756 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    BearyLovely:  I bought a bbt thermometer at CVS pharmacy. Just a generic one that registered the two decimal places. It was like 10 bucks and worked great. Only thing I recommend would be to change the battery as soon as you take it out of the package, you have no idea how long it’s been sitting there and mine started giving me crazy temps after just a few days of using it so I switched the battery and problem solved.

    Post # 14
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    6504 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011 - Baby boy 12/2015

    BearyLovely:  It really depends on how long is your luteal phase (the number of days after ovulation until you get your next period) because you could be ovulating on CD13, 14 15, 16….20. The FW becomes more meaningful once you know when to expect ovulation as opposed to a calculator. It only takes a couple months of charting to figure out how long your luteal phase is, so it’s well worth it. I say your chances of conceiving this cycle are good.

    Post # 15
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    1878 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Valparaiso, IN

    I suggest reading Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Calculators found online usually subscribe to the Rythm Method, which isn’t reliable for trying to get pregnant or when you’re trying to not get pregnant. No two cycles are the same.

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