Couples planning a pregnancy may have a lot of questions like when are the higher chances of getting pregnant, how to know the best time to get pregnant, etc. Here are the answers to all your questions on odds of getting pregnant.
Odds of getting pregnant – questions and their answers
What is ovulation?
Ovulation is the name of the process that happens once in every menstrual cycle when hormone changes trigger an ovary to release an egg. This usually happens 12 to 16 days before your next period starts.
When does ovulation occur?
- Ovulation usually occurs around the mid-point of a woman’s cycle, approximately 14 days before her next period starts, but it does not always occur on exactly the same day in each cycle.
- This unpredictability makes many people nervous about trying to “predict” ovulation and has been one reason that women are so often told that they can get pregnant at any time.
How do I know I’m ovulating?
It’s not easy to start exactly when you have ovulated in order to plan sex at the best promising time. However, there are signs that show your body is ovulating, which you can learn to identify. This is known as natural family planning and involves observing indicators like:
- Start by charting the time and length of 12-period cycles. Look at the shortest cycle and deduct 20 days to find your first fertile day.
- Bear in mind, this method is not fully reliable, so it should be used in conjunction with the other indicators.
- Sex hormones cause your body temperature to rise a little once you have ovulated.
- You can keep track of your temperature daily, with a digital thermometer in order to identify when this happens.
- The best time to measure your basal body temperature (BBT) is before you get out of bed and before you eat or drink anything.
- You should see an increase of about 0.2 degrees centigrade. You are most fertile for around a few days before the temperature rises.
- Bear in mind that, being ill, drinking alcohol, or taking certain medications, like aspirin, can affect your temperature.
- Sex hormones change the amount of mucus secreted by the cervix as you ovulate and become fertile.
- These secretions become sticky and creamy as your fertile time starts.
- Right before ovulation the mucus changes to clear, wet and stretchy like raw egg whites. This means you are at your most fertile.
Other indicators When should we have sex?
Generally, you’re most likely to conceive around 14 days before the start of your menstrual period. That’s when an egg is usually released from your ovaries and ovulation takes place. The egg travels along the fallopian tubes and lives for about 12 – 24 hours. So, your best chance of getting pregnant is by having sex a day or so after ovulation. Keep in mind, that everyone is different. Being fertile at day 14 may apply to women with 28-day menstrual cycles, but women with shorter or longer cycles may be fertile at different times.
How often should we have sex?
Basically, experts advise having sex frequently, especially in the days running up to ovulation. But there’s no necessity for perfect timing and clinical precision, as the window of opportunity is open for days rather than hours.
How long will it take to get pregnant?
- Couples having regular, unprotected sex will get pregnant naturally within a year. That’s when the woman is below 35 yrs.
- Age is a factor, as women become less fertile as they get older.
- The frequency of sex is another factor. Every 2 to 3 days throughout the month is considered having regular sex.
- Trying to synchronize sex with ovulation may not help, as that may just add unnecessary stress to the occasion.
Fertility issues can obviously affect conception. The most common problems are:
- Failure to ovulate
- Sperm disorders
Other causes may include
- Hormonal problems and disorders like thyroid disease or polycystic ovary syndrome
- Obesity eating disorders
- Too much exercise
- Reproductive disorders like low sperm count or blocked fallopian tubes
- Use of artificial lubricants which can adversely affect sperm
If you have been trying to get pregnant for a year and are still having problems, seek a medical advice.
How do I increase my odds of getting pregnant?
There are a number of ways you can improve your odds of getting pregnant. They include:
Experts also believe having regular sex throughout the month, so that sperm supplies are high when your fertile time arrives.
Many women grow up hearing that they can get pregnant any day of the month. This information is usually given to them by well-meaning, but protective adults who may themselves be misinformed. The fact is that there are only a limited number of days each cycle when a woman can get pregnant – the five days before she ovulates and the 24 hours after she ovulates. These six days are the only fertile days of a woman’s cycle and they take into account the lifespan of sperm (5 days) and the lifespan of the ovum (24 hours).
It is a known fact that when women avoid unprotected intercourse on these potentially fertile days; they are very unlikely to become pregnant. Approximately 80% of cycles are in the 26-32 day range. Plan before you conceive because having a baby needs a lot of responsibilities.
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