Trying to conceive can be a frustrating process, but the good news is that timing can make all the difference.
Every month, a woman has a fertile window covering about six days. These days are the five days leading up to, and the day of, ovulation – making it the ideal time to get trying.
Understand your cycle
When it comes to falling pregnant, it’s important to determine when your body is most fertile. Your menstrual cycle is around 28 days long, but this can be longer or shorter depending on a few factors, including your weight, lifestyle and stress level. Ovulation occurs in the middle of your cycle, normally around 14 days, which is when your body’s fertility is at its highest. Timing sex to happen at around this time is optimal, but it’s not essential. Sperm can survive for up to a week in a woman’s uterus and fallopian tubes, so you and your partner have time!
Being healthy primes your mind and body for baby-making so ensure you have no underlying health issues. Visit your gynaecologist, who will check for possible problems like polycystic ovarian syndrome, tubal damage, or endometriosis. Having your blood taken will help your doctor determine whether your hormonal levels are right.
Going off the pill
Dr Chervenak, chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cornell University, suggests a woman complete the cycle before stopping the pill to avoid irregular bleeding. “In general, the middle of the cycle is when ovulation and potentially conception are most likely to take place, so the optimal fertile window is a couple of weeks after stopping contraception,” he says.