November 04, 2019 4 min read
If you’re trying to conceive, you will probably want to know when the right time to have sex is, a woman can only get pregnant during a short window in her menstrual cycle called thefertility window. To better understand when your fertility window is, you need to understand how your cycle works.
Understanding your cycle.
In a nutshell, your cycle starts on the first day of your period, (sometimes referred to as Cycle Day 1 or CD1) and goes on till the day before your next period. Typically most cycles last about 28 days but its normal to have cycles that are as short as 21 or as long as 40 days.
About half way through your cycle ovulation will occur, this is when your body releases an egg to be fertilised. Pregnancy is technically only possible from the five days before the day after you ovulate. This is because while an egg can only live for about 12-24 hours of being releases, sperm can live for up to 5-7 days in a woman’s body, so if you have sex anywhere from 5 days before you ovulate you could get pregnant.
You have the highest chance of conceiving if you have sex on the actual day you ovulate, this chance goes decreasing the further away from ovulation you have sex, so typically if you are trying to conceive you’ll increase your chances if you have sex on multiple days during your fertility window. Now you just need to figure out when that fertility window is.Embed from Getty Images
Sounds simple enough right? Well, yes and no… it's easier for some women than for others. However if you want to track more accurately when in the month you ovulate, there are some methods you can use, for even more accuracy you can use more than one method.
Get your Ovulation Predictor Kit here
Keep in mind that even when you are ovulating there is no guarantee that you’ll conceive, be patient and keep at it. Have fun trying.
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