The best time to conceive is just before or just after ovulation. Ovulation usually occurs about two weeks after the first day of a woman’s period. Most women have some signs of ovulation but many times they are unaware of them as they are so subtle. The best way to determine when you are ovulating is by using an ovulation detection kit. Typically, once ovulation has occurred the eggs will last approximately 12 hours at which point they will begin to deteriorate. However, there are some factors which play a role in the best day to have sexual intercourse in order to ensure pregnancy.
Start an Ovulation Schedule
In order to figure out the best days to try and conceive you must first get a solid idea of exactly when you ovulate each month. To do this you will want to start a journal and track your cycle very carefully. After a couple of months you will start to know when you are going to ovulate, almost like clock work. Knowing your ovulation schedule is the best way to figure out the right time to try and conceive a baby. There are many different ways to track your ovulation date each month and some of them are more effective than others.
Counting Days Method
A very simplistic way of figuring out when you will be ovulating provided you have a regular cycle each and every month is to begin counting days. If you want to know when you will ovulate, simply determine when the first day of your period should start and then count backwards about twelve to sixteen days from that day. This should be right around the time you will ovulate. This method is only effective for women who are never irregular with their cycles. For older women or women who just tend to have odd cycles this method will not work very well. It is best to practice this method for about three months to get a more precise idea of the exact day of ovulation.
Check Your Basal Body Temperature
A slight increase in body temperature occurs just after ovulation. This increase is not significant, meaning you will not feel as though you are running a fever. However, you can tell when this increase happens by tracking your temperature with what is called a basal thermometer. Usually your temperature will only increase by about .05 to .1.5 degrees and occurs as a result of higher levels of progesterone brought on by ovulation. The best time to conceive seems to be right around 48 to 72 hours prior to this temperature increase. While there are some doctors who believe a woman can still become pregnant up to 12 hours after the temperature has increased, more are of the opinion that at this point conception is unlikely. If you are going to use the basal body temperature method to track your most fertile time you will want to track consistently for about three months so that you will know the exact window in which your temperature hikes up. Once you know then you can plan to engage in sexual intercourse as much as possible starting at about 72 hours prior to the temperature shift. If you are going to be using the basal body temperature method mentioned above then you will want to purchase a very good basal digital thermometer. This will assist you in tracking your basal body temperature change.
Watch for Changes in Cervical Mucus
Your cervical mucus changes texture and increases in volume as your cycle progresses. These changes are due to an increase in the levels of estrogen in your body. The most ideal time to conceive is when your cervical mucus becomes elastic, slippery and clear. A good example for the consistency of this mucus at this time would be to say that it resembles raw egg whites. The purpose of this mucus is to help to protect, nourish and help transport the sperm through the fallopian tubes and into the uterus swiftly. In some cases women lack this mucus or notice that it is either not the correct consistency. For these women there are products available that are called pre-seed lubricants. These lubricants work to mimic the natural ovulation cervical mucus and do the same thing. They are inserted into the woman prior to intercourse.
Watch for Physical Signs of Ovulation
Many women, in fact about a 5th of them can actually feel ovulation. It is typically characterized by a period like cramp but normally only on one side. If this pain occurs just about two weeks after the first day of your last period and happens consistently, switching sides every other month, then this is probably ovulation cramping. This can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours. Many women are absolute experts on their own bodies and can tell you just by the way they feel when they are ovulating or getting ready to begin their menstrual period, without even checking a calendar. By paying attention to your body and watching for subtle changes you can become acclimated with your ovulation schedule.
Once you begin tracking your ovulation then you can actively start trying to conceive. Do not become discouraged if your first few attempts are unsuccessful as this is perfectly normal. If you try to get pregnant for a full year to no avail then you may want to see the help of a fertility specialist. There are some things that can be done to assist you in conceiving if you have not been able to do so naturally. Not only are there several types of fertility drugs but there are a number of exciting medical advances in different procedures such as in-vitro fertilization. The most important thing to do is to maintain the healthiest lifestyle possible and keep your body in good shape. The healthier you are the more apt you are to conceive.