handsMost women are well aware that conception can only happen during the time of the month known as ovulation. But some of you might not know that because of the different life spans of the sperm and the egg, the best time to conceive is actually BEFORE ovulation.

Under ideal circumstances, healthy sperm that make it into the fallopian tubes can live as long as 5-7 days after ejaculation. But on average, sperm live about 3-4 days once they’ve gotten beyond the cervix to the fallopian tubes. By contrast, a woman’s egg is only viable for about 24 hours once it leaves the ovary. With this in mind, it makes sense to attempt conception on the 5 days leading up to ovulation, since the sperm can hang out and wait for the egg to drop.

The key becomes figuring out what day you ovulate. For women with a regular cycle, using the method of subtracting 14 days from the number of days between the start of menstruation can be effective. But many women do not ovulate on day 14, so the use of other methods to pinpoint ovulation can be helpful. Over the counter ovulation kits, basal body temperature thermometers, and cervical mucus tracking are all fairly simple ways to accurately pinpoint your ovulation date.

Once you have targeted your most fertile days, prepare your body with a healthy diet, the right vitamins, and consider giving yourself an extra advantage with a natural, proactive fertility program like the Make That Baby kit by PregPrep.