How Long After Ovulation Does Implantation Occur?

How Long After Ovulation Does Implantation Occur

Last updated on July 27th, 2018 at 05:03 pm

Question: How long after ovulation does implantation occur?

Women during reproductive ages will desire to conceive through the fastest means. If you want to make this process easy, it’s important you understand your menstrual cycle, ovulation signs, implantation signs and other problems that may decrease your chances of getting pregnant.

Most women who don’t understand the basics of their menstrual cycle find it difficult to get the time right for sexual intercourse

In fact, if you are expecting and having intercourse during your non-fertile days, you will likely not conceive.

The pathway for a successful pregnancy follows through sexual intercourse during ovulation period, fertilization, implantation and your pregnancy symptoms. It’s important you learn every step to make it easy to conceive.

First, you need to understand your menstrual cycle and learn whats normal for you. This can only be achieved with a little more effort and discipline by charting the first day of your period over months

The menstrual cycle varies from one woman to another, and it means the number of days that pass between 2 of your periods.

For example, if you always get your period every 25 days, it means you have a 25 days menstrual cycle.

In most women, the menstrual period will start flowing after 28 days passes from your last period. If you do not have 28 days menstrual cycle, it does not mean you are abnormal.

Normal menstrual cycle, though can vary from woman to woman, ranges from 21 to 35 days.

Next, you need to learn if your cycle is regular. If you already can predict when you will have period bleeding, then your menstrual cycle is regular.

On the other hand, having an irregular menstrual cycle makes it difficult to determine your next ovulation, period and to calculate when implantation will take place.

If you are trying to conceive, your fertile period (ovulation period) is five days before ovulation and a days after ovulation has happened.

This means, if you have sexual intercourse during your ovulation period, you can get pregnant easily.

This article explains how to detect ovulation, and how many days after ovulation implantation will take place.


What is ovulation?

Ovulation is the release of an egg from the most developed ovarian follicle.

Usually, within your menstrual cycle, ovulation occurs 14 days before your next period. This means if your period is regular, it is straightforward to predict your next ovulation.

Before ovulation occurs, your body produces hormones that aid the growth of many follicles

However, only one follicle will mature and burst open to release an egg into the fallopian tubes. This is called ovulation

After ovulation, the egg is picked up by the fallopian tube where if you’ve already had intercourse, sperm fuses with the egg (fertilization) forming an embryo.

The truth is a woman’s egg will not last more than 24 hours; and if you are serious about getting pregnant, you should ensure you have intercourse before ovulation.

On the other hand, the male sperm can survive for many days. Experts say that sperm can survive up to seven days.


How can I tell I’m ovulating?

If you now know your menstrual cycle is regular, you can easily calculate when you will have ovulation. Signs you are ovulating are

1.  Watery and clear vaginal discharge

As you get closer to when ovulation will occur, you will begin to notice your vaginal discharge is getting thin, like a thread that can be stretched without breaking.

Most women will describe their discharge as egg-like, watery and stretchy. This type of discharge usually starts a week after your period had ended

2. High cervix

The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that protrudes into the upper and inner part of your vagina.

If you dip your fingers (one or two) into your vagina, it’s easy to feel your cervix if you are not in your ovulation period.

However, during ovulation, a woman’s cervix becomes very difficult to palpate as its very soft and very high up in your vagina.

If you can’t feel your cervix a week after period stops, it’s likely you are in your ovulation period.

Other ways you can tell when you’re ovulating are

  • Abdominal pain (which is more on one side of the abdomen)
  • Raised urge to have sexual intercourse
  • Brown vaginal discharge


How long after ovulation does implantation occur?

After the release of an egg from the ovaries, it usually takes about 24 hours for the egg to arrive at the fallopian tubes.

If there is a waiting sperm, the egg quickly gets fertilized in the fallopian tube.

However, it will take some days for the embryo to be moved into the uterus for implantation. From research, it usually takes 6 – 12 days for this to occur in most women.

At the uterus, implantation occurs after the embryo digs and embed into the uterine endometrium.

Generally, within 6 to 12 days after ovulation, implantation will occur.


How will I know implantation has occurred?

After the embryo is successfully attached to the endometrium, you may begin to experience some signs. While it may take a few days after implantation for some women to have signs, other may take some weeks.

After embryo is attached to the endometrium, your body will start the production of human chorionic gonadotropin. This hormone can be detected as early as few days after implantation.

Some women will quickly identify pregnancy by taking a test (if HCG level is high enough). If you are expecting, you should not feel frustrated that you test negative with an early pregnancy test.

Generally, in the first few days after implantation, your body’s HCG hormone may not be adequate for detection in a urine test. If you cannot wait till after you’ve missed period, you can visit your doctor for a blood pregnancy test.

Blood pregnancy test is more accurate than a urine test and can show if you are pregnant or not three days before your next period.

Don’t lose hope if your result is still negative. If you still are experiencing strange symptoms, be hopeful.

To be sure implantation has occurred, these are common signs

Vaginal bleeding

Light spotting from your vagina days before your period that lasts for 2 – 3 days with intermitent flow is likely because of implantation.

If you do not get any spotting, it okay and not abnormal. Only 1 out of 3 women will have implantation bleeding.

Abdominal cramps

After implantation, some women will feel pain in their abdomen that is lighter than your usual period cramps.

These cramps last only a few days and may occur with spotting.


Other signs that show you are pregnant are mood change, food aversion, and breast tenderness.

You breast become heavier and easily noticeable with pain. Some women may experience frequent urination.


Still worried if you have implantation signs or not? Let us know.

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1 Comment

  • Julia Morales Reply

    Hello Dr. Dunn,
    Thanks for sharing this. It’s evident that human reproduction topic is still now fully understood with as noted above, most women don’t understand the basics of their menstrual cycle finding it difficult to get the time right for sexual intercourse. I know of a friend who recently had her implantation bleeding occur. Is it possible that the light pink spotting that she talked of having from over a month ago have any relation and cause the baby to measure big especially where implantation bleeding occurs 6-12 days later.
    Best Regards,
    Julia Morales.

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