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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

What is the best time to have sex to become pregnant?


If you are trying to conceive, you may wonder when is the best time to have sex to increase your chances of getting pregnant. The answer depends on your menstrual cycle and when you ovulate. Ovulation is the process of releasing an egg from one of your ovaries. This is the time when you are most fertile and can conceive if sperm meets the egg.


The average menstrual cycle is 28 days long, but it can vary from person to person. The first day of your period is considered the first day of your cycle. Ovulation usually occurs around 14 days before your next period, but it can happen earlier or later depending on your cycle length. For example, if you have a 24-day cycle, you may ovulate around day 10. If you have a 35-day cycle, you may ovulate around day 21.


To find out when you ovulate, you can use different methods such as tracking your basal body temperature, checking your cervical mucus, or using ovulation test strips. These methods can help you detect the rise in luteinizing hormone (LH) that occurs before ovulation. LH is a hormone that triggers the release of the egg from the ovary.


The best time to have sex to get pregnant is during your fertile window, which is the period of six days that ends on the day of ovulation. This is because sperm can survive for up to five days inside your body, and the egg can be fertilized for up to 24 hours after ovulation. Therefore, having sex in the days leading up to and on the day of ovulation can increase your chances of conception.


To calculate your fertile window, you need to know the length of your shortest and longest cycles in the past six months. Then, subtract 18 days from the length of your shortest cycle to get the first day of your fertile window. Next, subtract 11 days from the length of your longest cycle to get the last day of your fertile window. For example, if your shortest cycle was 26 days and your longest cycle was 32 days, your fertile window would be from day 8 to day 21 of your cycle.


You can also use online tools such as ovulation calculators or fertility apps to estimate your fertile window based on your cycle information and other factors.


To maximize your chances of getting pregnant, it is recommended that you have sex every day or every other day during your fertile window. You do not need to time sex precisely to coincide with ovulation, as long as you have sex within the six-day period.


Some factors that can affect your fertility and ovulation include age, stress, diet, exercise, smoking, alcohol, medications, and health conditions. If you have irregular cycles, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, or other reproductive issues, you may need to consult a doctor for advice and treatment. You may also benefit from using more advanced methods such as ovulation monitors or wearable ovulation trackers that can measure more than one hormone or parameter.


The best time to have sex to get pregnant is during your fertile window, which is the six-day period that ends on the day of ovulation. You can use various methods to track your ovulation and estimate your fertile window based on your cycle length. Having sex every day or every other day during this time can increase your chances of conception. However, there are also other factors that can affect your fertility and ovulation that you should be aware of and address if needed.


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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