To get pregnant, we all know that a man's sperm must meet a woman's egg. For the vast majority of healthy people under 35 years old, this is a relatively easy process, and pregnancy can usually result within one year of unprotected sex. For other couples, having sex to get pregnant may not be as easy as they thought, and they may need to make some lifestyle changes or even consider medical interventions to increase their chances of getting pregnant.
Besides making lifestyle changes, the timing of sex is also important. The greatest chance of becoming pregnant occurs when you have sex during the most fertile time of a woman's menstrual cycle, which is during ovulation (when an egg is released from a woman's ovary).
An egg lives for less than 24 hours after it is released, so it is important to have sex during ovulation and the time around ovulation. Many couples have difficulty becoming pregnant because they are not having enough regular sex when the woman is ovulating. Having sex when the woman is most fertile can help a couple's chances of becoming pregnant.
To predict your ovulation day, count back 14 days from the start of your period. Since each woman is unique and may not have regular cycle lengths, it can be difficult to know the exact day of ovulation. The ovulation day you calculate is the day that ovulation will most likely occur, plus or minus 2 days. So, the most fertile time and the time to have sex is 2 days before the ovulation day and up to 2 days after this day.
This method can give you an idea of when ovulation occurs so that you know when to have sex.
Healthy sperm can only live up to 5 days in a woman's reproductive tract, so having sex regularly during this fertile time is critical.
However, working to maintain the right mindset is perhaps the most important action to take. Remember to have fun and don't stress yourself too much so that your sex life remains healthy and doesn't become mechanical or a scheduled "chore."
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