Knowing the getting pregnant process
The creation of a baby may have been explained by our parents or by our health school teacher. Probably the whole “flower meets the bees” thing was the concept of pregnancy as discussed when we were younger. As we mature, the concept of getting pregnant is having sexual intercourse, then after nine months, a baby comes out.
But the whole getting pregnant process has more to it than just merely the plain explanations we got when we were younger. For example, there are more complex details in to it such as where eggs and sperm come from and how it can create a life. These details may not have been taken up or may have not been understood well.
Getting pregnant process in men and women
The getting pregnant process involves both men and women. For women, the ovaries play an important role in pregnancy. The ovaries are shaped like kiwi balls and are attached to the sides of the uterus. The ovaries are the ones that carry the eggs. Have you ever known that when a baby girl is born, she has about 1 million eggs in her ovaries? Yes! You heard it right it is more than what is needed for reproduction. A woman will only release more or less 400 eggs in her lifetime, starting with her first menstruation and ending at menopause (about 45 to 55 years old).
During the 12th to 16th day of your menstrual cycle, the egg matures and is released from the ovary and travels to the fallopian tube. Fallopian tubes are these tiny tubes about 4 inches from the ovaries to the uterus. The release is called ovulation and this is the time for conception. The egg’s lifespan is about 24 hours. It should be fertilized by that time in order to conceive. If not, the ovary will stop producing progesterone and oestrogen and the uterine lining will be shed during menstruation.
Men role in the getting pregnant process
Men play an important role in the getting pregnant process as well. Did you know that unlike women that already have eggs in her ovaries upon birth, men on the other hand have to produce millions of sperms regularly. It usually takes about 64 to 72 days to create a new sperm cell. And it only takes a few weeks to live in a man’s body. Did you also know that there are about 30- 300 million sperm cells released in every ejaculation?
Sperms are produced in testicles, these are the glands inside the scrotal sac. The scrotal sac is located below the penis. In order to produce a healthy sperm, the temperature should be about 94 degrees Fahrenheit. The sperms are stored in the epididymis until ejaculation where it is mixed with semen. Only one sperm can fertilize an egg. When the egg is fertilized, new cell is formed and is rapidly dividing. These new cells form an embryo in which it travels down the fallopian tube and implants itself in the uterus.