Are you and your partner ready to start a family? A couple of questions you may ask yourself: “When do I ovulate?” and “How often should I have intercourse to get pregnant?”
Understanding when your ovulation occurs and how to optimize your most fertile days is essential to getting a bun in the oven.
Read on to find out the best way to time intercourse to improve your chances of pregnancy without turning project baby into a science project.
What is Ovulation?
According to Healthline: “Follicles in one of your ovaries start to mature between days 6 and 14 of your menstrual cycle. Around days 10 and 14, an egg develops from one of these follicles. This egg is then released from the ovary on day 14”.
Ovulation usually takes place approximately 14 days before the next menstrual period is due. It is best to have intercourse with your partner every other day during your ovulation cycle.
How Long Does A Woman’s Ovulation Last Each Month?
Ovulation typically lasts up to 24 hours, while an egg’s lifespan is only 12-24 hours. If you’re trying-to-conceive, this may sound discouraging. However, there are 6 days each month when intercourse may lead to conception, which is referred to as your fertile window.
When Is My Fertile Window and What Is The Best Way To Time Intercourse?
You can figure out your fertile window by using our Ovulation Calendar. Simply input the duration of your period cycle and the date of your last period to get an estimate of your most fertile days.
Conception is largely dependent on this relatively brief window of opportunity. Sperm can live inside a woman’s uterus for up to 72 hours, and as previously mentioned, an egg may survive in a woman’s uterus between 12-24 hours. In order to achieve fertilization, these 2 time frames need to overlap.
It’s best if the sperm awaits the egg, as sperm has a longer life span and needs to get a head start for its long journey. So, aside from intercourse every other day during your fertile window, we also recommend having intercourse a couple of days before ovulation.