Best Time To Get Pregnant

The best time for you to get pregnant is during your fertile window, which is six days, commencing five days before ovulation and including the day you ovulate.

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Felicity Lynch
9 Sep |4 minute read

Best Time To Get Pregnant

The best time for you to get pregnant is during your fertile window, which is six days, commencing five days before ovulation and including the day you ovulate.

This is because sperm can live inside the female body for up to 5 days.

Increasing the frequency of sexual intercourse after your period is a relaxed way to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Having sexual intercourse regularly (every 1 to 2 days) during your fertile window will give you the best chance of getting pregnant. However, if this is not possible, 2 to 3 times per week is adequate.

Some couples who want to get pregnant quickly prefer to predict when ovulation is taking place.

How to predict ovulation

Several methods can be used to predict ovulation:

Use an ovulation predictor kit

Using an ovulation prediction kit, also known as an ovulation test, is a simple and inexpensive way to pinpoint your most fertile time of the month in the comfort of your own home. Typically, these test kits can detect the surge in Luteinizing Hormone (LH) found a woman's urine 12-24 hours before she ovulates, helping to identify the 2 most fertile days of her cycle. Some of the newer ovulation tests can detect both oestrogen and LH and help to identify around 4 fertile days each cycle. However, the oestrogen rise is lower and not as specific.

Use a fertility monitor

A fertility monitor aims to help predict more fertile days per cycle than an ovulation test giving couples more opportunity each cycle to get pregnant. They can also do much more than an ovulation test.

Many fertility monitors can track and store your personal information such as; cycle length, ovulation and sexual intercourse dates to improve future ovulation and fertile window prediction, and some even keep a record of your data in case you need to seek medical advice.
 
Record your basal body temperature

Your basal body temperature is your lowest body temperature in a 24-hour period and is a natural and inexpensive way to estimate the day that you ovulate. It is best to take your temperature as soon as you wake up and monitor your basal body temperature each day throughout your menstrual cycle. You should expect a rise in your basal body temperature of around half a degree when ovulation occurs.

Test your cervical mucus

Look out for changes in your cervical mucus. This is another natural and inexpensive way to predict ovulation. The probability of conception is highest when your cervical mucus is can be described as slippery and clear, some people describe this as egg white consistency. You may also notice an increase in the volume of cervical mucus during this time.

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