Every month, there comes a phase when your body is most likely to get pregnant. This phase usually lasts for up to six days and is known as the fertile window.
The logic is that a sperm can survive inside a female body for about a week while an egg can survive only for one day. Therefore, if you have sex on or a few days before ovulation, you will be most likely to have a pregnancy.
Having sex up to 5 days before ovulation also increases your chances of having sex as the sperms will already be existent in your body. So basically there is a span of 6 days each month when you are most likely to get pregnant and this phase is known as the fertile window.
Symptoms that you may be about to ovulate
- Increased secretion of vaginal mucus. This looks watery and a bit like the egg whites
- Discomfort on one side of the belly
- An intuition that you may be about to ovulate
- Irregular periods and fertile
Irregular periods are definitely not indicative of a lesser or greater fertility. They just make it harder to keep a record of the fertile window. It can help to keep a track of the vaginal mucus and record the changes. There are also ovulation kits available for the women who are interested in keeping a track of their ovulation.
When does ovulation actually take place ?
It is however not possible to exactly predict the day that you are going to ovulate. This means that you also cannot accurately predict the favorable days before ovulation for having sex. It is, therefore, best to have sex every two or three days if you are looking forward to conceiving.
If you are keeping a track of your menstrual cycle, then it will also help to know that the ovulation cycle gets determined by :
1) How long your period lasts, and
2) If you get periods on a regular basis. The menstrual cycles are different for every woman. It may also be different for the same people to know that they are different for the same woman during different periods. Sometimes, the period cycle can last as long as 36 days while sometimes they only last 22 days.
For women who experience a normal 28 day gap between successive periods, the ovulation takes place during the middle of the said 28 days. Generally, it is after 12 to 14 days after the ovulation that the onset of periods takes place.
Therefore, for people with short menstrual cycles, the body will be most fertile a few days after the menstruation ends while for those with a longer, menstrual cycle, the body is most fertile after about two weeks. Therefore, it is best recommended to have sex every two to three days rather than focusing only on the fertile window. This not only reduces the risk of missing out on the ovulation, but also improves the quality of the sperm produced.