When to have sex if you want to get pregnant

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When is the best time to have sex if we’re trying to conceive?

You’re most likely to conceive if you have sex during the two days before you ovulate and on the day of ovulation. That way, it’s more likely there will be a healthy supply of sperm in your fallopian tubes when an egg is released.

See our article on how babies are made for more information on how conception works.

 

How can I tell when I’m ovulating?

Read our article on predicting ovulation to learn more about the following three ways you can estimate when you’ll ovulate:

  • If your cycle is the same number of days each time, you can try using our ovulation calculator to estimate your fertile window each month.
  • You can use an ovulation predictor kit to test your hormone levels throughout your cycle, and the test will indicate which day you’re most likely to ovulate.
  • You can track ovulation symptoms, such as changes in your basal body temperature and cervical mucus.
How can I get pregnant quickly?

 

Will it be harder for me to get pregnant if my periods are irregular?

It may be. If you don’t have a good idea how many days your cycle will last, that can make it hard to predict when you’ll ovulate.

It’s normal to have an irregular cycle or two now and then. But if you continue to have irregular periods, or if you don’t have a period at all for three to six months, it’s time to see your healthcare provider.

You may be referred to a fertility specialist to check for other causes of an irregular cycle, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), ovarian dysfunction, thyroid disorder, or an elevated prolactin level.

Can’t we just try and see what happens?

Of course! You don’t have to use ovulation kits or track your symptoms if you don’t want to. Try having sex at least three times a week, particularly during the middle two weeks of your cycle.

Most couples get pregnant within three months, but it could take longer if you’re older, have certain lifestyle habits that can affect fertility (like smoking), or have a condition that impairs fertility.

Note: If you’re younger than 35 and have been trying to get pregnant for a year without success, it’s time to consult a fertility doctor. If you’re age 35 or older, it’s best to see a specialist after about six months of trying to conceive.

 

Source: Baby Center

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