Print Your Odds of Conceiving at Every Point in Your Cycle To hit the baby-making bullseye, you've got to aim for certain sweet spots of fertility in your cycle. Your period In essence, menstruation is the monthly shedding of the endometrium, the inner membrane of the uterus.
For most women, this lasts between three and seven days. By the third day, levels of progesterone and estrogen are on the rise and working on rebuilding your endometrium. Around day four, follicle ripening begins to go on the uptick. That means the ovaries are starting to prepare eggs for release. Unless you're a very early ovulator the average timing for ovulation is 14 days before the start of your period—track yours by using a basal body temperature chart or an ovulation predictor kit , there's little chance your man's sperm will actually have any eggs to work with during this phase of your cycle.
So, can you get pregnant while on your period? Pre-ovulation "I recommend having sex frequently—two to three times a week, but every other day if you can—shortly after you stop menstruating to cover your window of pre-ovulation," says Kelly Pagidas, M. Within a few days, it will turn white and creamy, a cue that your fertility is returning once again. It doesn't mean the egg is released yet, but it's a good indicator that ovulation is on the way and that your cervical mucus is a friendly environment for sperm.
Remember, you can get pregnant right after your period, even if you're not yet ovulating. That's because sperm can live up to five days if it's trapped in fertile cervical mucus.
So it behooves you to get a few of his swimmers in place. An egg isn't technically released during this phase but you'll want to step up your sexual routine in the event that you ovulate earlier than planned. Ovulation Welcome to prime time for conception! No matter how long your periods are, ovulation generally starts about 14 days before your next scheduled period. When it happens, your body temperature rises about a half a degree. But bear in mind that this takes place after you're already ovulating, which could be too late.
Test yours by sticking your index finger and thumb in your vagina to get a sample, then tapping your finger and thumb together. If the consistency is thin and spreads easily between two fingers, you're good to go. Your chances of conceiving: High, if you have sex within 36 hours. Any eggs that are released live no longer than 12 hours. In fact, it's best if his swimmers meet your egg within four to six hours of its release. Data show that having every-other-day sex is just as effective as doing it every day, so no need to go crazy getting busy every hour unless you really want to!
Post-ovulation Also known as the luteal phase, this final portion of your cycle lasts a minimum of 12 days and as many as Progesterone starts to rise, signaling that the ovaries don't need to release any more eggs this month.
Your cervical mucus will dry up and create a plug to prevent any additional sperm from entering the uterus. It takes about six days for any fertilized eggs to travel to your uterus. If one implants in your endometrium, you'll start to see the rise in human chorionic gonadotropin hCG , the hormone measured by home pregnancy tests , within a week.
Once the egg has been released, there's not much that can be done until next month. But there's certainly no harm in having sex if you're in the mood! How long does it take to get pregnant? Don't sweat it if it's time for your cycle to start over again and you're still not pregnant. The vast majority of couples who are trying to conceive do so within a year, with only about half achieving their goal by 6 months. How long after your period can you get pregnant? More in Trying to Conceive.