Conception and Your Window of Fertility
When you’re trying to conceive, knowing when your fertile window is can help you get pregnant that much faster. Your fertile window is that time in your cycle when having intercourse can lead to pregnancy. Your partner’s sperm are able to live inside your reproductive tract for up to six days. This means that your window of fertility is up to about six days before ovulation occurs. There are many different factors that can affect your chances of conceiving. This includes your age, your overall health, and certain medical conditions. You won’t have control of some of these factors but what you can have control over is when and how frequently you and your partner have sex when you’re trying to get pregnant.
What is Your Fertile Window?
Your fertile window is those days in your menstrual cycle when it’s possible for you to get pregnant. The length of your fertility window is based on the number of days that your partner’s sperm can live in your reproductive tract. Sperm can live for up to six days in your cervical fluid while your egg can only survive for one day. This means that you need to be sure there are live sperm available on the one day that your egg is there to be fertilized. Your partner’s sperm need to be present for five days before you ovulate as well as on the exact day that you ovulate. While having sex on any of the six days of your fertility window can result in pregnancy, your odds are increased if you plan on having intercourse on the three days prior to ovulation.
Fertility and the Frequency of Sex
Studies show that having sex frequently and regularly throughout your cycle is the key to conceiving. Many couples think that only having sex during their window of fertility is the best way to get pregnant. This is not the case. It’s not necessary for you to stop having sex on your non-fertile days to ensure that there is enough sperm available when you need it most. Unless your partner has been diagnosed with a low sperm count it’s perfectly okay to make love whenever you want, so long as you’re also doing it when your fertile window of the month has arrived. During your most fertile days make sure that you have sex at least once each day. Having sex multiple times during your fertile days can increase your chances even more. Even though sperm concentrations are a bit decreased, the more often you have intercourse, studies show that having sex frequently during your fertile window is more likely to result in pregnancy than withholding sex.
The Challenge of Identifying your Fertile Window
While making sure that you and partner have intercourse during the short time during your cycle that you’re fertile can increase your chances of conception, it can be a challenge to identify just when your fertile window is. There are a few things that you can do to determine when you’re going to be ovulating such as charting your BBT (basal body temperature) for a few cycles. The thing to remember about charting your BBT is that it will only let you know that ovulation has already taken place. Still, charting for a few cycles will give you a good idea of when you’re going to be ovulating. Ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) are another way to track when you’re ovulating. These kits will detect when there is a rise in the luteinizing hormone (LH) that happens just prior to ovulation. Still another way to pinpoint your fertile window is learning how to read your cervical mucus which becomes much like egg white the closer you get to ovulation.
Your Fertile Window Relieves the Stress of Trying to Conceive
Once you’ve decided to have a baby, you very quickly join the ranks of women who know all there is to know about trying to conceive. If a couple of months have passed and you’re still not pregnant, you might be starting to feel a bit stressed about the whole thing. This is where knowing when your fertile window is can be very useful. When you know that you have about six days during your cycle that you can conceive, you can be more relaxed about planning sexual intimacy with your partner. Knowing how your body works and when ovulation is going to happen allows you to take charge of your own fertility. At first it may not be easy to pinpoint when in your cycle that ovulation is happening, but with a bit of patience and practice you’ll soon be able to read your body in such a way as to make the most of the times of the month where you and your partner have sex. In the meantime take care of your general health and don’t allow stress to become a major symptom when it comes to trying to get pregnant.