The best time to get pregnant
If you’re planning on starting a family it’s a good idea to understand how your body works and when in your cycle you are most likely to fall pregnant.
Is there a best time to
menstrual cycle is different but you are most likely to get pregnant if you
have sex within a day or so of ovulation.
How do I know if I’m
when an egg is released from one of your ovaries. It usually occurs around two
weeks after the first day of your last period if your cycle is around 28 days
women claim to know exactly when they’re ovulating while others don’t notice at
all. But if you’re planning on getting pregnant it’s wise to look out for these
three main signs that you’re ovulating.
- Vaginal discharge with a stretchy egg white consistency. This is known as fertile mucus.
- Mittelschmerz –pain on one side of your lower back or abdomen which can be range from a dull ache to a stabbing pain
- Increased libido
One of the simplest ways of working out your
fertile days is to check your cervical mucus every day. Changes to your mucus
are one of the easiest things for you to spot.
egg survives for between 12-14 hours after being released, so in order to get
pregnant the egg needs to be fertilised by a sperm within this time.
How can I ensure I will
There is no way to guarantee you will get pregnant, but there are things you can do
to increase your chances.
sex every two days will mean that there is always sperm in the fallopian tubes
to meet the egg when it is released. Amazingly, sperm can live for up to seven
days inside a woman’s body, so if you’ve had sex in the days leading up to
ovulation there will be sperm in the fallopian tubes ready to meet and
fertilise the egg.
What is my fertile
sex every two days isn’t always possible, so the most effective time to have
sex is during what’s known as your fertile window - the five days leading up to
ovulation and the day of ovulation. These six days are when you are at your
use our ovulation calculator to
help determine your fertile window. And read our article on how to boost your chances of getting pregnant.
What if my periods are
When you ovulate depends
on the length of your menstrual cycle and also how regular your periods are.
your menstrual cycle length varies from month to month, your fertile window may
also vary by about a week between each period.
An irregular cycle doesn’t necessarily mean you are less fertile, but it
can be more difficult to pinpoint your fertile window. So you may find it
easier to just have regular sex throughout your cycle every two or three days
or whenever you notice fertile mucus.
If your cycle is more than 36 days long, it is worth talking to your GP
about running a few basic fertility tests.
Irregular periods can sometimes be due to
conditions such as polycycstic ovarian syndrome or a thyroid disorder which can
both affect your fertility so it’s worth seeking medical advice earlier rather