According to the NYU Medical Center, the chances of getting pregnant from a given sexual encounter are completely independent of whether the woman has had sex before or not. Regardless of how often a woman has had sex, should sperm and egg meet, fertilize and attach to the uterine lining, a pregnancy can occur.Continue Reading
Upon the male's ejaculation into the vagina, the sperm cells begin traveling up the birth canal, through the cervix, and into the fallopian tubes where the oocyte (egg) is waiting, as described by New York University Medical Center. Although many sperm find their way to the egg, only one sperm makes it into the egg and successfully combines DNA with it. Then, the fertilized egg travels back up the Fallopian tube and attaches to the portion of the uterus that later becomes the placenta. Then, pregnancy continues as normal.
The process of getting pregnant works the same for every woman's reproductive system, NYU Medical Center says. It is possible, in fact, for a woman to get pregnant the first time she has sex. Contraceptive methods such as the morning-after pill, spermicidal lubricant and condoms greatly decrease the chances of pregnancy by preventing sperm and egg from making contact. However, no method is entirely foolproof on its own.Learn more about Pregnancy
Depending on how far into the pregnancy there is no problem with ejaculating in a woman; in the final weeks the doctor may advise against sex because of hormones in semen called prostaglandins that may stimulate contractions. Intercourse during pregnancy is safe unless the doctor says otherwise.Full Answer >
Maintaining awareness of a woman's ovulation cycle and having sex at the right time are the best ways to get pregnant faster, according to BootsWebMD. Most people under the age of 35 who are in good health and have unprotected sex regularly should get pregnant in less than a year.Full Answer >
A woman cannot become pregnant if she does not ovulate, but a woman can become pregnant if she has sex several days before ovulation occurs, notes the American Pregnancy Association. This is because sperm can live inside the body for up to five days.Full Answer >
Some ways to increase your chances of conceiving a girl include having intercourse a few days before ovulation and avoiding a diet high in salt and acid, says Parenting. However, the best way to conceive a girl is by using in-vitro fertilization.Full Answer >