To be able to hit the jackpot and be able to get pregnant, you not only need fate on your side, you’ll need to use all the wits you have as well. Knowing when you’re fertile will help up your chances – but do you know when your fertile period is?
When is your fertile period?
Your fertile period is a week before and after ovulation occurs. In general, ovulation occurs 14 days before your next expected period.
Assuming that your period happens once every 28 days, your ovulation will take place on the 14th day from which your menstrual period began. On the other hand, if you have a menstrual cycle of about 35 days, then your ovulation day will be on the 21st day of the menstrual cycle.
This is but one way of “guesstimating” your ovulation date and thus deduce when your fertile period is. If you want to know exactly when your ovulation date is, then it might be wise to use an ovulation prediction kit (OPK). The OPK reacts to the increased amount of luteinizing hormone and when it gives a positive reaction, ovulation will take place in the next 24 hours or so.
However, even though the OPKs can help to give you a gauge as to when ovulation takes place, remember that science doesn’t always have the answers, nor is always accurate. So having sex as many times as possible around the ovulation day can increase the odds of getting pregnant.
Fertile period: The best time to have sex
It’s a broad statement, but the best time to go about your procreation activities is 2 days before ovulation.
The inception of pregnancy can be said to be the moment when the egg and sperm met – but they, like humans, have to meet within their limited lifespans. The egg’s lifespan is about 24 hours, but it slowly starts to lose its “health” about 6 hours after ovulation.
On the other hand, the sperms that enter the vagina have a lifespan of about 48 to 72 hours, but they also slowly start to die after 48 hours. In other words, having sex 2 days before ovulation will increase your chances of getting pregnant.
How to find your fertile period
As aforementioned, making a baby is all about timing. Note your menstrual period and your basal body temperature, and use the OPK to determine when your ovulation day is and then when your fertile period is.
You might also want to ask your practitioner to calculate your ovulation date, or help you do a check on your calculation. It’s said that about 90% of fertile couples are able to conceive once they start getting their timings right.
Communication with the partner for getting pregnant
Making a baby involves communication between a couple. Sex can become very clinical and routine if the couple becomes too focused on baby-making and lose sight of the joy of sex; for example, the stress of making a baby can cause a man to have erectile dysfunction.
If the process of trying to conceive takes a long time, this could slowly eat away at the relationship when the couple starts feeling like they’re unable to trust one another, and their fruitless efforts turn to dissatisfaction and resentment.
As this can strain the relationship, it’s important that you continue to communicate with your partner and to work hard at maintaining a healthy relationship.
Tips for maintaining a good relationship
- Have honest pillow talks with your partner about this whole baby-making business
- Set aside time to talk about other things besides procreation
- Spend some quality time in each other’s company trying out new activities or hobbies together
Don’t lose sight of the person next to you
Don’t rush baby-making. Now that you know how to estimate your ovulation date, it’s best to wait until then. Meanwhile, focus on treasuring the person right next to you and giving them the love and reassurance that they need.
It takes two to make a baby, and come what may, you need to be there for each other. So, don’t lose sight of the important person next to you even while you chase your dream of becoming a parent.