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What Is Fertilization?

What is fertilization? It is when the male and female reproductive cells  (sperm and eggs) combine. This can happen in humans, animals, and even plants. Fertilization in humans is one of the first steps in a pregnancy, and is the moment when a baby's genetic make-up, including gender, is complete. Sperm permeates the egg with either an X or Y chromosome: X combined with the X chromosome the egg already has will be a girl (XX), while Y is a boy (XY).


A protein coating covers the permeated egg, to protect it from the other sperm and begin to form the baby. This will only happen at a time when ovulation has occurred, so the best way to get pregnant is to keep track of your periods. If you are keeping track and are still having difficulty becoming pregnant, you may also require artificial insemination or fertility treatments.


What Is Fertilization And Ovulation?


Ovulation happens approximately two weeks before a menstrual period occurs, or fourteen days after the first sign of your period, whichever is easiest for you to calculate. Women have two ovaries. During ovulation, one of these develops follicles, or fluid-filled cysts. One of these follicles becomes dominant over the others, and forces them to stop growing. When the dominant follicle matures, it ruptures in order to release the egg in the ovary. This process as a whole is called ovulation. Fertilization and ovulation are intrinsically connected; since fertilization involves the eggs that are released, it cannot happen until ovulation has already occurred and the eggs have left the dominant follicle. The sperm is then able to find an egg and permeate it, forming an embryo. Keeping a log of when your ovulation happens will increase your chances of getting pregnant.


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What Is Fertilization And Where Does It Occur?


Fertilization is one of the initial parts of a pregnancy, but the embryo that is formed during this time is not usually in the uterus. Although on rare occasions this process can happen in the upper uterus, most cases of fertilization happen in the woman's fallopian tube. Once fertilization occurs, the next step in forming a baby is implantation, which also happens in the fallopian tube. As the embryo begins implantation, it will move to the uterus, where the process of nerve formation and all other parts of a baby's creation.


What Is Fertilization And Implantation?


Implantation happens within 24 hours after fertilization, or the forming of an embryo, has taken place. The fertilized egg, or zygote, begins to divide into several cells as it moves through the fallopian tube on its way to the uterus. Implantation happens when the egg reaches the uterus and attaches to the endometrium. The egg transforms from several cells, to a solid ball, then to a hollow ball of cells. The scientific term for this hollow ball is a blastocyst. The blastocyst releases itself from the protective layer of protein that was placed upon it during the fertilization process, to allow itself the ability to connect to the endometrium.


What Is Fertilization In Meiosis?


Fertilization could not happen without meiosis. While fertilization is the connecting of men and women's cells to form an embryo, meiosis is the formation of those cells in the first place. Meiosis is a form of cell division, which creates eggs and sperm with half the normal chromosome count. This is how the two connect to form XX or XY; the woman's X combine's with the man's X or Y. The cells alone cannot create life. If they do not connect, nothing will happen and no embryo will be formed. Half a cell can do nothing, and it is only when the cells become whole again that a baby is created. In other words, fertilization and meiosis are mutually dependant on one another.