From Sex to Fertilization

FertilizationHave you ever wondered how long it takes between sex and the fertilization of an egg?

Would you believe that it can take about an hour? 

Here is the breakdown:

  • It takes the sperm 30 minutes to reach the fallopian tubes.
  • Then another 20 minutes for the sperm to zero in on the preferred egg.
  • The final 20 minutes is all about the alpha sperm breaking through the egg.

After making it through step 1, 2 and 3, fertilization has officially taken place.  It is amazing to think how quickly it all happens!!!



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