When Is The Best Time To Get Pregnant?
When Is The Best Time To Get Pregnant?
The best time to become pregnant is during the ovulation phase of your monthly period. Ovulation occurs subsequently to an LH surge. LH (Luteinizing Hormone) is a hormone made by your body which produces the discharge of a mature ovum into the uterus. From the time that the egg is let go into the uterus, it is ready to be fertilised. The ovum stays highly fertile for aproximately half a day; those 12 hours are the best time to get pregnant. After the 12 hours of high fertility, the egg begins to deteriorate, and the likelihood of becoming pregnant quickly disapears. There are lots of ways to remember when you are in the 12 hour ‘window’ of high fertility, pay attention to the changes in your body through your menstrual cycle, and learn to spot the external signs of ovulation. When you are familiar with your menstrual cycle, you will know the most likely time for you to get pregnant.
Working Out The Most Likely Time To Become Pregnant:
so that you can know when the most opportune time is for you to become pregnant, you need to deterimine when your next ovulation is due. There are a lot of ways (talked about later) that you can use to discover when you are ovulating. Once you are aware of when your ovulation period happens, you can make sure that you make the best use of your ‘window’ of high fertility. Timing sex with your ovulation will escalate your chances of getting pregnant.
Method 1 – Learning to ‘read’ Cervical Fluid as an indicator of the Best Time To Get Pregnant
During your menstrual cycle, your cervical discharge changes constantly. These differences in cervical mucus show your heightened fertility. During the inital half of your cycle, after your menstruation and leading up to when you ovulate, your oestrogen levels rise in preparation for ovulating, and the cervix secretes a small amount of mucus. As ovulation approaches, fluid secretion increases, and you will begin to notice more lubrication or ‘wetness’ in your vagina and vulva. The mucus discharge increases in amount and becomes less opaque and stretchy until it is like egg white. The best time to conceive is when you notice the appearance of this clear, ‘fertile mucus’. Cervical fluid nourishes, protects, and helps transport the semen on its way up through the womb and into the Fallopian tubes for the meeting with your egg. After ovulation the fluid output will diminish and take on an cloudy appearance.
Remember, as you learn to recognise cervical discharge, that:
* After sexual intercourse you may notice some white or clear liquid– this is liquefied semen, and usually disappears within 24 hours of sexual intercourse. Having sex every second day will give you an opportunityto identify the appearance of your cervical discharge on the days inbetween sex.
* Sexual arousal also results in vaginal excretion, which can resemble ‘fertile excretion’. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is to use the water test: vaginal secretions on your fingers will dissolve in H2O, but cervical discharge will stay in a blob.
* Wearing tight pants can speed up the drying out time of vaginal secretions, giving you less opportunity to watch the changes of your fluid.
* Medication can affect mucus secretion, always check with your medical practioner if you are taking any medication while trying to get pregnant, and make sure that if you are utilising the cervical mucus method of knowing when the best time to become pregnant, that any drugs that you are taking will not influence discharge production.
* It is a good concept to keep track of your cervical fluid on a fertility log or diary, to assist you in working out the best time to conceive.
Method 2 – Keeping Track of The Days of your menstrual and ovulation cycle
One common method of finding out the best time to get pregnant is counting days.
To do this, keep a personal log (in your diary or on your calendar) of your menstrual cycle. You need to have a reasonably precise date for the beginning of each period. It is useful to be able to have a record of at least 2 or 3 cycles because this gives you a more accurate idea of the duration of your cycle. Most women have a 28 day cycle, although some have slightly longer cycles. Once you know the length of your cycle, you write down the first day of your period as day 1, after 28 days (for example, if that is the length of your cycle) your next mensturation will begin, and your cycle is re-set to day 1.
To determine when you are ovulating, find days 12 – 16 in your cycle. These 4 days are an indication of when you will most likely be ovulating. Statistics indiacte that for many women with a 28 day cycle, day 14 is often the best time to conceive.