Is there a right time to try?
Being healthy and having regular, unprotected sex can increase your chance of getting pregnant. Equally important is having sex at the right time.
When is the right time to have sex?
Your chances of getting pregnant are the highest around your ovulation. Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from your ovary. This is because:
- Eggs can only live for 24 hours after it is realised. Hence it needs to be fertilised by a sperm within that time period in order to get pregnant.
- The sperm can live for about 5 days inside a woman’s reproductive tract, hence if you have sex a few days before ovulation, the sperm is ready to fertilise the egg when it is released. This is period is also called the “fertile window”.
To increase the chances of getting pregnant, it is best to have sex during this fertility window. Post that, the chances decrease dramatically and it is almost impossible to have a baby before your next ovulation. However, if you are not trying to conceive, it is still advised to use contraception while having sex.
How do I know when I will ovulate?
Normally, ovulation happens about 2 weeks before your period starts. While the exact date is difficult to determine, you can get a rough idea by keeping track of your menstrual cycle.
To calculate the length of your menstrual cycle, consider the day you get your periods (the day you start bleeding) as Day 1. The end of your menstrual cycle will be a day before you get your next period. If your menstrual cycles are of different lengths each month, take the average of the last three menstrual cycles.
Need to keep track of your fertile window? Try out Ovulation Tracker to easily keep track of your ovulation date and your most fertile dates.
Your ovulation date would be roughly 14 days before your next period. For example, if your menstrual cycle length is 28 days, then you will ovulation around day 14. If your menstrual cycle length is 30 days, you will ovulate around day 16. Your fertile window will include be 3 days before that and 2 days post that.
Ovulation can also be tracked by observing a few bodily changes. Vaginal discharge becomes clear and sticky, almost like egg white. This especially helps sperm to swim to the matured egg released during ovulation. Tender breasts or sore nipples are another sign of ovulation, due to the hormones pumped into your system before and after ovulation. Some women might observe a mild ache in their lower abdomen, also referred to as ovulation pain.
Other useful tools
Try our conception checklist tool to see how you are doing on the different factors affecting your fertility.
Use our fertility timeline tool to plan your pregnancy journey accounting for how many kids you want and when.
Other factors that impact fertility
Age is the most influential factor on your fertility and chances of having a baby.
A healthy weight (BMI) increases your chances of getting pregnant.
A healthy lifestyle has a positive effect on your fertility.
Timely treatment of certain health conditions could help keep your fertility profile
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Did you know?
In a study conducted by AIIIMS Delhi in 2018, only 26% of the participants were aware of the critical age threshold after which it becomes difficult to get pregnant. Test your knowledge now!!