If you are in need of conceiving, you probably want to know: “when am I most fertile?” you probably want an answer to this question right? (Quite logically aye)
The fertile days are associated with ovulation and menstrual cycle. However, the best chance of getting pregnant is having sexual intercourse every two to three days throughout the month which you can read more about in the tips for getting pregnant.
Regular Sexual Intercourse
You are more fertile during the days around ovulation. If you are in need of conceiving it can be quite stressful to determine when to have unprotected sex to match your ovulation.
If you are stressed it is common that you have less sex, which reduce the chances of getting pregnant so you need to handle any stress issues you may have.
Your Menstrual Cycle
Your menstrual cycle length may vary anything from 24 to 35 days. Even though it can be longer or shorter than this in average it lasts 28 days.
The fertile days of your period may last 4 to 5 days before ovulation start and the days of your ovulation.
You cannot conceive if you have intercourse the following day of ovulation because sperm can only last for approx. 5 days inside the uterus. The egg only survives 12-24 hours after ovulation. During the fertile days having sex before ovulation allows the sperm to travel more closely to the ova before it is out.
Use a Calendar
Use a wall calendar to spot the day one of your cycle. Day one is the day where you start bleeding. When the Next cycle starts, mark the day on the calendar. Do these for several months then average the day to get the average length.
If you get 30, 31 and 29 days your menstrual cycle average length would be 30 days. Since, ovulation takes place half way through the menstrual. In this example it will take place on 15th day of your cycle. You will be able to plan intercourse 3 to 4 days before to have advantage of your fertile days.
It is important to note that your menstrual cycle does not necessarily start on day one of your calendar. So, mark or have you’re own calendar to determine the first day and 15th day of the menstrual cycle. If you have irregular ovulation using the calendar may not work as it is hard to tell you fertile days.
Cervical Mucus to Characteristic of Fertile Days
When the ovulation is nearing the mucus changes and the cervical mucus is thick and glue like.
You can monitor your mucus from day one of your menstrual cycle for several months. On the day one you will note that after 5 to 6 days the mucus changes its feeling and look. It changes from thick, glue like to thin liquid like. This indicates that you are on your fertile days and is the right time to have sex.
Other ways of Noticing Your Fertile Days
Two days before ovulation some women will notice a slight cramping. Your sex drive increase due, to the less estrogen level. This is an indicator it is the right time to take the advantage of the fertile period for your best time to become pregnant.
Ovulation Prediction Kit
Some women use special ovulation prediction kits which test your hormones level or temperature to determine when you are ovulating.