So, you are ready to try for a baby! There are many discussions online about the ‘perfect timing’ when it comes to conceiving and it can get confusing.
The most effective time to have sex is during your fertile window, which can last up to six days every month. These six days are the five days leading up to, and the day of, ovulation, when your body releases an egg.
If you want to be more precise, though, you will need to work out when you will ovulate. This depends on:
- the length of your menstrual cycle
- how regular your periods are
A menstrual cycle can be as short as 22 days or as long as 36 days. On average, a woman gets her period between 12 days and 14 days after she’s ovulated.
If you have a 28-day menstrual cycle, you’re likely to ovulate around the middle of your cycle. If you have a short cycle, you could ovulate within days of your period ending. A long cycle could mean that you won’t ovulate until two weeks after your period has ended.
How do I know when I’m about to ovulate?
You may be very aware of when you ovulate, or you may not notice any changes at all. If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, get in touch with your body.
Signs that you are approaching ovulation can start around three weeks before you expect your next period. Try looking out for:
- Increased vaginal discharge that’s wetter, and like stretchy egg white. This is called fertile mucus.
- Slight discomfort on one side of your belly (mittelschmerz).
- Feeling more ‘sexy’
Its important to remember that if you haven’t conceived within 12 months if you are under 35, or 6 months if you are over 35, you should talk with the POGS doctors about your fertility options.
Need more advice or information? Call POGS on (08) 6270 0123 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to make an appointment.