Let’s talk conception. Did you think it would be as easy as 1, 2, 3? You have sex, and just like that, you’re pregnant. That’s what many of us heard in middle school. Now when we try to get pregnant, we find out it’s not quite that easy.
There are actually only about 6 days during your cycle when you can become pregnant. The five days before ovulation and day of ovulation. And while some women may get pregnant right away, for others the time to pregnancy may take a little longer.
What day in the cycle is the best day to conceive?
You ovulate once in a cycle. Your body releases an egg and if there are sperm ready to fertility it, then voila - you can conceive! Ovulation occurs around the midpoint of the cycle. The tricky part is that ovulation times differ from woman to woman and from cycle to cycle. During the 12-24 hours when the egg is alive it can be fertilized, if there is sperm in the area. sperm can live up to 5 days in cervical mucus. So you could have sex on Tuesday and if you ovulate on Sunday, there could still be sperm waiting!
Interestingly, researchers have found that while you can get pregnant if you have sex on any of the 5 days leading up to ovulation and in the 24 hours after, the most likely day for conception...is 2 days prior to ovulation.
Do ovulation tests work?
Yes and no. An ovulation prediction kit can help detect if your LH level is surging, which can be a sign that ovulation may occur in the next two days. If you get a positive ovulation result and are trying to get pregnant, it’s a good time to have intercourse. But the tests, which require you to test multiple times a day, don’t predict ovulation precisely - they can be off by a day or two. And you may miss some of your potentially fertile days, if you wait until it tells you ovulation is coming. So yes, ovulation prediction kits can be helpful, but for many women trying to get pregnant fast, it may be more useful to know when ovulation is most likely to occur and to have sex regularly in the days leading up to that and soon after.
How does your body prepare for conception?
Ovulation is necessary for conception. In the process of ovulating, your body primes and preps itself for fertilization. All these little tweaks give sperm the best chances of reaching the egg.
Of all the tweaks your body makes, you’ll probably notice the most change in your cervical mucus. It will become more wet, watery, and stretchy the closer you get to ovulation.
Whether you notice them or not, your hormones change like crazy, too. Changes in hormones cause your body to release the egg, and they also prep your uterus for pregnancy if you conceive.
And all of this happens because your body is rooting for you to get pregnant!
How long does it take to get pregnant?
Most women get pregnant in 1 to 6 months of trying. But it can take longer for some. For more information on time to pregnancy, check our the article, “How long will it take to get pregnant”.
Our advice...don’t wait until the day you ovulate to have sex. You’ll dramatically increase your odds of getting pregnant if you have sex multiple times in your fertile window. The recommendation is 2 to 3 times per week, especially during your potentially fertile days. But again this goes back to staying up to date with your cycle.
How can Dot help?
When it comes to keeping up with your cycle, we’ve got your back. We want to make it as simple as possible for you to conceive.
Use Dot in Pregnancy Mode, input period dates into our app, and we’ll let you know you’re pregnancy chances each day. Plan to have sex regularly during your Medium and High-risk days. Most women will get pregnant in 1 to 6 months. For those that take longer than 6 months, we recommend both you and your partner consult with your respective doctors for a fertility evaluation.
Want to learn more about how Dot can help you conceive? Download our app today!
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