When are you most likely to get pregnant?
Many women trying to conceive ask the same question, hoping they can get the secret to getting pregnant faster. Knowing when to hop into bed can definitely help, as the chances of getting your partner’s sperm to unite with your egg will be boosted. Now, what does it take to actually conceive?
If you want to conceive fast, here’s your primer to the many aspects of getting pregnant!
Before we dig deeper into the best times to have baby-making sex, we should explain how conception works — in other words, how your baby is conceived. For pregnancy to occur, one of your partner’s sperm cells must unite with your egg. Each month, between 15 and 20 eggs mature in fluid-filled sacs on your ovaries, called follicles. However, only one of these eggs reaches complete maturity, and this can happen in either of your two ovaries.
You may be tempted to believe that your ovaries take turns to release the egg, when, in fact, this happens randomly. The release of the egg by your ovaries is called ovulation, and occurs only once a month. Once released, it will travel down the fallopian tubes to the uterus; if it’s not fertilized within 24 hours, the egg disintegrates, and is shed along with the endometrium (the lining of your uterus) during your next period. If, on the other hand, the egg is fertilized, it will continue its journey to the uterus, and attach to the endometrium once there.
Ovulation occurs around the middle of your menstrual cycle, usually 12 to 14 days before your next scheduled period. For example, if your menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, ovulation will occur between days 14 and 16. The first day of your menstrual cycle is the day your period starts. Keep in mind that ovulation can occur anywhere within the interval of 12 to 14 days before your AF.
Common signs of ovulation include (but are not limited to) stomach cramps (mittelschmerz), increased vaginal discharge (egg white cervical mucus), higher basal body temperature, spotting, bloating and breast tenderness.
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Your fertile window begins about 5-6 days before you ovulate. Why? Because, although you’re not technically ovulating at that time, sperm cells can survive up to 5-6 days, sometimes even 7, in your system. As such, if you have sex within this time interval, they may be hanging around when the egg is released, ready to fertilize it.
Specialists recommend hopping into bed 6 days before you ovulate, and having sex every other day until then, and once or twice within 24 hours after the release of the egg. One thing you’ll want to know is that, the more frequently you have sex, the lower your partner’s sperm count will be. If you wait until the day you ovulate to have sex, chances to get pregnant will be significantly higher, as there will be more little guys ready to unite with your precious egg.
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How likely is it to get pregnant at other times of the month (except ovulation)? You’re least fertile right after the egg dies in your fallopian tubes, and continue to be infertile until day 7 of your menstrual cycle (about 2-3 days after your period stops). The best indicator of fertility is your cervical mucus, and observing it throughout your menstrual cycle will help you determine when it’s time to get busy.
When you ovulate, your cervical mucus is very thin, slippery and stretchy, and it closely resembles uncooked egg whites. This facilitates mobility of your partner’s sperm cells, so they can easily swim to your egg and fertilize it. After you ovulate, progesterone levels increase while estrogen levels decrease, which leads to very little discharge, if any. After your period, your discharge will be brownish, getting lighter as blood remnants are expelled by your body.
At this point, your discharge is dry and clumpy, making it impossible for sperm to swim through. But as ovulation approaches, your cervical mucus gets gradually thinner and watery, reaching the peak right when the egg is released. Chart these changes in your cervical mucus to better observe how your body goes from very fertile to infertile, and understand when it’s best to hop into bed.
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