Timing Sex At the Most Fertile Days

Jan 30, 2009
One of the most important things for getting pregnant is timing the most fertile time of woman's cycle. The day of ovulation is ideal for having sex in order to conceive. But it doesn't mean that you should only have intercourse on the day of ovulation in order to conceive. There are several factors that increase your chances to conceive:

When it is better to have sex for conception?

According to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, you should have sex quite often (at least several times) a week around the ovulation phase.
The egg that is released during ovulation lives from 6 up to 24 hours, during that time it can be fertilized by sperm. Sperm usually lives about three days but in some cases can live up to 7 days in cervical mucus. This means that having sex 6 to 3 days before ovulation and during ovulation, you have the highest chances of conceiving. Thus your chances to conceive during ovulation are 40 percent, chances to conceive 1 to 2 days before ovulation are 30 percent, 4 to 6 days you have 10 percent chances to conceive.
It is also important to have sex regularly throughout the cycle, not only during ovulation, because this will boost the quality of sperm.

Timing your fertile time

Calculating fertile days

An average woman's cycles will range from 21 up to 35 days and may also vary throughout the year. The menstrual cycle starts from the first day of your period and the days between the first and the next period determine your cycle length. In order to determine your most fertile days you need to keep track of your menstrual cycles for about 6 months to find your shortest and longest menstrual cycle. You need to subtract 14 days from the length of your average cycle. For example, if your average cycle is 25, then ovulation occurs about 11 days after the first day of your period. This method can be quite tiresome for some women especially for those who have irregular cycles.

Basal body temperature

Tracking your basal body temperature is another method to find out your most fertile time. Take temperature in your rectum or in your mouth every morning for about 3 months, before awakening and getting up. The temperature rises when ovulation has occurred. You are most fertile 4-6 days before and 1-2 days after the temperature rise.

Cervical mucus changes

The changes in the consistency of your cervical mucus can predict your most fertile time. These secretions occur due to hormonal changes. When the menstruation ends, the mucus is dry and it becomes wetter leading up to ovulation until it is the consistency of raw egg, slippery and stretchy during ovulation and this means that you are most fertile during this phase.

Ovulation Predictors tests

Today there are a number of handy and convenient tools to help you predict your most fertile time during menstrual cycle. You can buy the ovulation tests and use them at home to determine when you are most likely to conceive. There are two basic types of ovulation tests.

The first types are ovulation tests that determine the increase of luteinising hormone(LH) that takes place about 12 to 36 hours before ovulation. This type of ovulation test detects the amount of LH hormone in a sample of blood or urine.

The second type is saliva-based ovulation tests. They determine the surge of the oestrogen levels that occurs near ovulation. They come in the form of small portable microscope that detects when your saliva takes fern-like pattern, taking place at the time leading up to ovulation.