When trying to conceive, there are few things more important than knowing when your fertile window, as it is most commonly known, will occur and how to maximize your chances of getting pregnant during that time. The fertility window is a set period of time during your cycle when you are most likely to conceive. Here is a list of good-to-know things about this window of opportunity you have to become pregnant.
1. Pregnancy is only possible during the five days before ovulation through the day of ovulation. This is called the fertile window and lasts for a total of six days.
2. The fertile window is calculated using the life span of sperm within woman’s body, typically between three and five days, and the lifespan of the ovum with is approximately 24 hours.
3. The three days leading up to and including ovulation are when a woman’s fertility is at its peak.
4. Tracking your ovulation is the most effective way to pinpoint this window of opportunity.
5. Ovulation typically happens in the exact middle of your cycle, if you have a typical 28 day cycle, ovulation is most likely to happen on day 14.
6. An ovulation testing kit is the best way to pinpoint this window. Urine based ovulation tests, test for a surge in luteinising hormone (LH) which happens one to two days before ovulation.
7. Tracking vaginal mucus is another way to help you predict your fertility window. An indicator of ovulation is a change in vaginal mucus, it becomes clear and slippery, similar to egg whites, a few days before ovulation.
8. Tracking basal body temperature with a thermometer specifically designed to measure it, is another way to track ovulation and help you narrow down your fertility window. Your BBT (Basal Body Temperature) will typically spike between .5 and 1 degree Fahrenheit during ovulation.
9. Having sex during the three days leading up to ovulation dramatically increases your chances of conception.
10. Having sex every other day is the easiest way to ensure you have the best chance at conception.
11. When first getting off birth control, your cycle will be off while your body adjusts to the changes in hormones. Wait until you get your first period post- birth control to start tracking ovulation. That being said it is completely possible to become pregnant before having your period after stopping birth control.
12. Excess stress can negatively affect ovulation throwing off your fertility window and making conception more difficult.
There are many resources out there from kits you can buy at the store to apps you can get on your mobile device to help you calculate your fertility window. Tracking ovulation symptoms and ovulation tests are the best way to help you find your fertility window. Approximately 85% of women will get pregnant within a year of actively trying to conceive. Use the tools at your disposal to maximize your efforts to have the family of your dreams.