When Is the Best Time to Conceive?
If you’re trying to get pregnant, you may be wondering when the best time to have sex is. After all, timing is everything when it comes to conception. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to increase your chances of conceiving. Keep reading to learn more about ovulation and how you can use it to your advantage.
What Is Ovulation?
Ovulation is the release of an egg from one of a woman’s ovaries. The egg then travels down the fallopian tube toward the uterus. If sperm fertilizes the egg along the way, implantation can occur and pregnancy begins.
Most women ovulate about midway through their menstrual cycle. For example, if your cycle is 28 days long, you’ll likely ovulate around day 14. But this isn’t true for all women. Some may ovulate earlier or later in their cycle, and others may not ovulate regularly at all. This is why it’s so important to pay attention to your body and know what’s normal for you specifically.
How Can I Tell When I’m Ovulating?
There are a few different ways to tell when you’re ovulating. One is to keep track of your basal body temperature (BBT). Your BBT is your lowest body temperature, which you’ll usually achieve right before ovulation occurs. You can take your temperature first thing in the morning using a special thermometer called a basal body temperature thermometer. Once you have a few days’ worth of temperatures, look for a pattern: your BBT will usually rise slightly when you ovulate and remain higher until your period arrives.
Another way to tell when you’re ovulating is by tracking changes in your cervical mucus throughout your cycle. Your cervical mucus becomes thinner and clearer as ovulation approaches—kind of like raw egg whites—and this is a great sign that now is the time to get busy if you’re trying to conceive!
You can also use an over-the-counter ovulation predictor kit (OPK). These kits work by measuring gone levels in your urine; when LH levels surge just before ovulation, the test will turn positive, letting you know that now is the time to have sex if you want to conceive.
Keep in mind that there’s no one “right” way to predict ovulation—it’s different for every woman. The best thing you can do is experiment and see what works best for you. Once you’ve figured out how to tell when you’re about to ovulate, aim to have sex every other day or so during that time frame; this will give you the best chance possible of conceiving.
If you’re hoping to conceive, paying attention to signs of ovulation can help increase your chances of success. Basal body temperature, changes in cervical mucus, and over-the-counter predictor kits are all great ways to predict when ovulation will occur. By having sex every other day or so during your most fertile time, you’ll improve your chances of getting pregnant!