What Happens to Ovulation After Implantation?

N. Madison
N. Madison

Essentially, nothing happens to ovulation after implantation. Implantation is the process through which a fertilized egg is implanted in a woman’s uterus. The egg is fertilized after ovulation, and implantation typically occurs at least a few days later. This means that by the time implantation occurs, ovulation is over and will not occur again until the woman is no longer pregnant. Ovulation is basically put on hold once fertilization and implantation have occurred.

Female reproductive system.
Female reproductive system.

In order for a woman to become pregnant, she must ovulate. This means an egg must be released from an ovary. The egg is usually only viable for about 24 hours, during which time sperm could fertilize it and begin a pregnancy. After the egg is released from the ovaries, it travels through a woman’s fallopian tube toward her uterus. When conception occurs, it usually takes place in the fallopian tube. Once the egg is released from the ovary, however, ovulation is complete.

An increased sex drive may be a sign of ovulation in some women.
An increased sex drive may be a sign of ovulation in some women.

Implantation can only occur if a sperm meets and fertilizes the egg after ovulation. As such, there is usually no such thing as ovulation after implantation. In order for ovulation after implantation to occur, a woman would have to conceive a child and then ovulate again. This is unlikely to occur.

In order for a woman to become pregnant, she must ovulate.
In order for a woman to become pregnant, she must ovulate.

Typically, the only time anything happens with ovulation after implantation is if there is a problem with the pregnancy or the woman gives birth. For example, if an egg is fertilized and implanted in a woman’s uterus, she will not ovulate again until after she has given birth to her child. If she has a miscarriage, however, or terminates the pregnancy, her normal cycle of fertility will usually resume, and she will begin to ovulate again.

A woman can still conceive even if her menstrual cycles are late from time to time.
A woman can still conceive even if her menstrual cycles are late from time to time.

In some cases, a woman may believe that she is experiencing ovulation after implantation because she mistakenly thinks she is pregnant. For example, if a woman misses a menstrual period, she may assume she has conceived. Before she takes a pregnancy test, she may notice signs of ovulation, such as clear, stretchy cervical mucous; this may actually indicate that she is experiencing a change in her menstrual cycle that has caused her to ovulate later than usual. Sometimes a woman's period may be extremely late and cause this type of confusion; some women may even skip a period or two. A woman can still conceive, however, even if her menstrual cycles are irregular or late from time to time.

During the ovulation process, an egg is released from an ovary.
During the ovulation process, an egg is released from an ovary.
In some cases, a woman may believe that she is experiencing ovulation after implantation because she mistakenly thinks that she is pregnant.
In some cases, a woman may believe that she is experiencing ovulation after implantation because she mistakenly thinks that she is pregnant.
N. Madison
N. Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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