Also at this moment the outer zona pellucida becomes transformed into a rigid barrier so impenetrable that other sperm, despite all the chemicals in their acrosomes, cannot possibly enter. In an essay for Aeon, Robert D. The odds of a woman getting pregnant by having sex while on her period are low, but not zero. In order for the sperm to make its way through the sturdy zona pellucida, a process called the acrosome reaction is necessary. However, the sperm and the egg at the moment of fertilization must each have only twentythree single chromosomes, not forty-six, so that when the sperm and the egg unite, the fertilized egg has the normal number of chromosomes. However, fresh sperm might leak and stay near the vaginal opening. Crypts, or cervix glands, grow in number and increase in size to store more sperm.
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The acrosome is attached around the front two-thirds of the sperm head, where it is positioned much like an arrowhead. Many sperm can be seen attempting to enter the egg in competition with the one that made it first, but their efforts are in vain. Penetration of the egg membrane by the sperm head also sets in motion the second meiotic division of the egg with the release of the second polar body. If it is present, then the pregnancy test is positive. Once a lucky sperm makes contact with the zona pellucida which is purely a random eventit takes a minimum of fifteen minutes before penetration can begin. Once one sperm has been able to initiate the penetration of the mucus, other sperm then quickly follow at that same point of entry. The tube swallows the egg, nourishes it before and during fertilization for three days, and then transports it into the uterus.