Couples who are trying to conceive may wish to answer the question: when am I most fertile? Fertile days are directly associated with ovulation cycle and menstrual cycle.
The most fertile period for women are the 4-5 days before ovulation begins and the day of ovulation. You cannot get pregnant having sex the day after ovulation. As sperm can live up to five days once deposited, having intercourse a few days before ovulation, during your fertile days, allows sperm to travel closer to the egg before it is released. Tracking fertile days or period is the best way to determine the optimal time for conception.
Tracking Fertility with a Calendar
On a common wall calendar, mark the first day of your period. When your next period starts, mark the day before on the calendar. Continue marking the first and day before the first day of your menstrual cycle for several months. Average the days between your periods together to determine the average length of your cycle. For instance, if you tracked for three months and noted 30, 31 and 29 days the average length of your menstrual cycle would be 30 days.
Ovulation occurs about half way through the menstrual cycle. In the above example, ovulation would typically occur on the 15th day of the cycle. Intercourse should be planned three to four days before the 15th to take advantage of the most fertile days in your cycle.
Important note: Your cycle is not necessarily monthly. If you have a 30 day menstrual cycle the first day could start in the middle of the month so use the calendar to mark the 15th day of your cycle and the three to four days before that midpoint as your fertile days.
Tracking Fertile Days With Cervical Mucus
Cervical mucus will change as ovulation comes closer. The mucus is normally thick and glue-like. Start noting the characteristic of your cervical mucus on the first day after your menstrual cycle stops. About five to seven days later, there should be a change in the feeling and look of cervical mucus. The mucus will change from that thick, glue-like consistency to being thin and stretchy. This is a great sign of your coming fertile days – now is the time to have intercourse.
Other Ways of Noting Your Most Fertile Days
Slight cramping is often noted about two days before ovulation. Sex drive may increase due to a sharp decline in oestrogen levels. Basal metabolic temperature may also slightly rise. These are all indications that it is time to take advantage of those fertile periods for your best chances at conception.
In conclusion, "when am I fertile" is an important question to answer, and your most fertile days for having sex are the 4-5 days before of ovulation and the day of ovulation.