When is The Best Time to Get Pregnant
If you’re trying to conceive, you may be interested in learning more about when to have sex, how frequently you should have intercourse, and several other factors, that can affect your chances of getting pregnant.
When you are Most Likely to Conceive
Having unprotected sex doesn’t lead to a positive pregnancy test every single time, but you can still get pregnant from having sex only once. Generally speaking, the best time to have sex is sooner rather than later, since fertility decline with age. Thus, younger adults have a higher chance of becoming pregnant with fewer sexual encounters.
Many women struggle with getting pregnant. According to Women’s Health, about 10 percent of women in the United States have trouble getting pregnant, or sustaining pregnancy. Learn more facts about the best time to get pregnant to increase your chances of conceiving (or when the best time to have a baby is).
During your Fertile Window
The best time to have sex is during your fertile window. Your fertile window lasts about 6 days. The day after you ovulate is the last day of your fertile window. The life span of sperm in the female reproductive tract lasts up to 5 days before your ovary releases an egg. Though you can still get pregnant on your period, it is highly unlikely. It is difficult to accurately pinpoint your ovulation period since menstrual cycles vary between women.
You can also use the Mira Fertility Tracker, that takes the guesswork and stress out of ovulation tracking. Unlike other OPKs that detect ovulation off a static baseline LH, which can cause many false positives, with Mira you can see your actual hormone levels and curve. Compare to basal body temperature (BBT) thermometers that detect increase after you ovulate, Mira’s lab-graded technology gives your actual hormone concentrations and detects the entire fertile window up to 5 days before ovulation.
Ovulation is commonly said to occur 14 days into your menstrual cycle, but it widely varies from woman to woman. You can experience your fertile window as early as days 8 to of your cycle, and as late as days 19 to 20. Also, if you experience irregular periods, you can ovulate even later than that. Since sperm can live up to five days, meaning you don’t need to have sex within a day of ovulation to get pregnant.
Signs of Fertile Cervical Mucus
As you approach ovulation, your vaginal discharge, also known as cervical mucus, makes changes to prepare for pregnancy. During your menstrual, there are hormonal shifts that affect the texture, and consistency of your mucus.
Cervical mucus is important because it helps improve sperm movement, and is linked to the life-span of your sperm. Sperm cells thrive when they are most. You have a higher chance of getting pregnant when more sperm are able to travel to the fallopian tubes that release your eggs.
As you approach ovulation the mucus can even be noticed on your underwear. Your cervix always creates mucus, but there tends to be more mucus right before and after you ovulate.
Cervical mucus becomes a clear color, or a similar color to egg whites, and has a slimy texture as you approach your fertile window. Soon after you ovulate the amount of mucus tends to decrease.
An egg grows inside a follicle (cavity), in your uterus. The follicle begins to grow and makes a hormone called estrogen. After the follicle bursts, your body will start to ovulate, and an egg gets released, ready to be fertilized. The estrogen hormone is responsible for softening your cervix and opens it slightly. Estrogen makes your fluid more able to increase the chance of fertility.
The Best Age for Men
The fertility of a male begins to decline in their early to mid-forties. This is when sperm quality decreases. Increasing the age of a male can lower the chances of pregnancy, or increase the time until pregnancy. Also, as sperm quality declines, the risk of miscarriage may increase as well.
Intercourse Through the Month
Many women may feel overwhelmed by the process of tracking ovulation, while other women may feel safer keeping a closer eye on their ovulation cycle.
There are several methods to tracking your ovulation: checking your basal body temperature every morning; using an over the counter ovulation predictor kit; tracking your cervical mucus; monitoring your menstrual cycles and signs of ovulation can be emotionally taxing.
If tracking your ovulation is causing anxiety, you should have intercourse each week, about every other day. This can make sure that you’re bound to have sex at least once on a fertility day during your fertile window. Nevertheless, not tracking your ovulation can make it more difficult for you to conceive.
Couples may benefit from having sex a few times a week throughout their menstrual cycle. Theoretically speaking, semen can be helpful in developing a growing embryo. Therefore, having sex after you ovulate, and after you have conceived could help prevent a miscarriage.
When the Mood is Right
The timing of sex doesn’t only rely on what’s going on downstairs. The state of your mood can influence your chances of getting pregnant. Also, your sexual arousal levels can be linked to your ovulation period as well.
Trying to get pregnant when you feel most relaxed and less stressed can increase your chances of getting pregnant. This is less of a rule and more so a suggestion. Women who struggled more with fertility, are reported to have higher amounts of stress enzymes. However, infertility could cause stress and anxiety, instead of the other way around.
There was a Harvard medical school affiliated study that was done to truly find out if stress caused infertility, or if the stress was simply a by-product of fertility issues. The study found that women struggling with their fertility seen their pregnancy rates improve after a psychological intervention.
You may notice an increase in your sex drive at certain times in your cycle. Many hormones released during ovulation, can also boost your libido. Sexual pleasure can increase your chances of getting pregnant.
The amount of sex you have depends on your own personal preference. Male infertility issues and sperm count problems can factor into play. Having sex as often as possible may seem like the best course of option to get pregnant. If the man has a normal sperm count, having sex once daily, or every other day is sufficient enough to get pregnant.
Low Sperm Count
When your sperm counts are on the lower side, it’s recommended that couples should have sex every other day if not less frequently.
For instance, if on Sunday your Mira App gives you your first positive ovulation prediction, you would have sex on Tuesday, skip Wednesday, then have sex on Friday once more. The day waiting period could help you replenish your partner’s sperm supply. This can increase your chances of pregnancy.
✔️ Medically Reviewed by Dr Roohi Jeelani, MD, FACOG and Lauren Grimm, MA
Dr Roohi Jeelani is Director of Research and Education at Vios Fertility Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Dr Jeelani earned her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica. She then completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a fellowship in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Wayne State University, Detroit Medical Center, where she was awarded a Women’s Reproductive Health NIH K12 Research Grant. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr Jeelani has authored numerous articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals, and presented her research at national and international scientific meetings. A Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr Jeelani is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists.
Lauren Grimm is Research Coordinator at Vios Fertility Institute in Chicago, Illinois. Lauren earned her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago, where she also completed her masters in Medical Sciences. Lauren has worked alongside Dr. Jeelani for the last 3 years, authoring a number of abstracts and articles in peer-reviewed journals, and presented her research at national and international scientific conferences. Lauren will be continuing her education this fall at Rush University Medical College in Chicago, IL as an MD candidate.
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