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When Should I Have Sex to Get Pregnant?
There are certain times in your menstrual cycle when you are more fertile than others. So how can you time sex in order to maximize your chances of getting pregnant?
First, it’s important to recognize what we mean by “fertile times.” The fertile times in your menstrual cycle occur around ovulation, when your body releases an egg for fertilization. The timing of your ovulation depends on the length of your menstrual cycle, but if you have a 28-day cycle, you’ll generally be ovulating around days 13 to 15.
Once your egg is released, it stays viable for fertilization for less than 24 hours. Sperm, on the other hand, can live in your body for three to five days. Because of this, your fertile window is about five to seven days out of your cycle.
So in order to boost your chances of conception, it’s best to schedule your sex slightly before and during ovulation. You can start having sex about five days before you estimate ovulation will occur, and then continue having sex every other day until one day after ovulation.
Think you may not be ovulating regularly? Check out this video where Dr. Isaac Kligman of the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Infertility explains about the various tests you can take at your fertility clinic to help determine if you are ovulating.