How You Can Use a Conception Calendar to Help Conceive

You have decided you want to be parents, but the luck of the draw just doesn’t seem to be in your favor, and you’re not getting pregnant with the old college try. You may have already tried reading about how to increase your chances of getting pregnant by unorthodox methods, like laying on your back with your legs in the air for 30 minutes after intercourse, or only having sex in the missionary position because it’s been said that it is the only position to guarantee a pregnancy. There are a lot of theories and ideas floating around out there and everyone has an idea to share, but one tool that many doctors suggest is called a conception calendar.

A conception calendar is designed to help a woman determine the best time to attempt to get pregnant based on different stages of the ovulation cycle. The most commonly used method is the rhythm method, according to, which tracks the days a woman has her menstrual cycle. Some women may have difficulty using a conception calendar due to a variation on the 28 day cycle experienced by most women, however until you track your cycle you may not realize you fall into that category.

According to using a fertility calendar is pretty straightforward and easy to do. Using a few basic steps, a conception calendar may help you find the ideal time to get pregnant. 

Steps for Setting Up Your Calendar

1. Buy a calendar or find a calendar on your smart phone and/or computer. List when your menstrual cycle begins, when your ovulation occurs and your most fertile days. You can find how to determine those phases by doing a search online.

2. The calendar is based on your menstrual cycle, most likely a 28 day period. Realize every woman is different and your cycle may not be 28 days. Your cycle may be affected by sickness, stress, or even travel.

3. Track your menstrual cycle start date for three consecutive months. By adding the number of days between your cycle start dates you can then calculate the length of your typical cycle. Make sure to use the average to allow room for errors.

4. Track your ovulation, which typically occurs about two weeks prior to the next cycle and is around the middle of the current menstrual cycle. Tracking your body temperature first thing every morning and last thing before bed time will help you determine when you’re ovulating.

Once you have established your calendar for three consecutive months you can start tracking your most fertile days. Because the egg has an extremely short life span, the opportunity for pregnancy to begin has a limited time of 6 days +/- depending on the woman.

It is essential to understand that not every woman will be successful in using this method nor does it mean you will be able to get pregnant right away. Outside factors can always play a part in your ability to conceive including your health, stress, issues with your weight, and genetics to name a few. And after using the calendar for one full year, if you do not get the results you’re hoping for, it’s always important to consult your doctor.