Implantation: symptoms after ovulation

After fertilization, the egg implants in the uterus; this is called implantation or nesting. What are the symptoms of implantation?

This is what happens in fertilization

Every woman can in her cycle get pregnant only in a certain period of time, that is, during your fertile days. But when is the egg fertilized after ovulation? The ovum can after ovulation be fertilized for a maximum of 12 to 24 hours. However, since sperm can survive in a woman's body for up to five days, her fertile window begins four days before ovulation, includes the day of ovulation, and ends two days after ovulation.

After ovulation, the egg travels from the ovary through the fallopian tube to the uterus, where it can be fertilized. If you have unprotected sex during your fertile window, the egg can be fertilized by sperm.

  • If the egg is fertilized, it implants in the uterus. You can imagine this in such a way that the fertilized egg attaches to the lining of the uterus. The lining of the uterus spent the entire previous period of the cycle preparing to build a nest in which the egg would feel comfortable. 

    If the implantation was successful, the body changes to pregnancy. This process takes about seven to eight days: the fertilized egg needs about five days until it reaches the uterine cavity, after which the egg needs a few more days until it attaches to the lining of the uterus and becomes comfortable. Below you can read more about the possible symptoms of implantation.

Symptoms: can you feel the implantation?

In fact, implantation can bring symptoms: there are women who can feel the implantation. There may be a slight pulling in the abdomen and back, spotting, so-called implantation bleeding, can also occur, and some women also report feeling as if a bladder infection is on the way. 

However, these symptoms are not very clear and do not occur in all women. A real confirmation of whether the implantation has worked is only offered by a pregnancy test.