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Ovulation and Conception: What To Know About Trying For A Baby

Choosing to start a family is a very exciting and often romantic time for parents-to-be. However, doing so can often take more than just romance and excitement. For many couples, especially those who need a little extra help conceiving, science and biology will also need to factor in to their conception efforts.

Knowing when to try for a baby is crucial in successful conception. For mothers-to-be, this means that understanding and working along with their natural fertility cycle will be one of the best ways to increase their chances of successfully starting a family. Tracking this cycle may take a little work, but by understanding what is occurring within her body, a mother-to-be will have a better chance of getting pregnant sooner, and without invasive assistance.

Understanding The Ovulation Cycle

When trying for a baby, a woman looking to track her natural fertility cycle will need to focus on when she ovulates. The term “ovulation” specifically refers to when an egg is released from a woman’s ovary. Once released, the egg will move down a woman’s fallopian tubes, waiting to be fertilized. However, this egg will only be viable for roughly 12 to 24 hours after ovulation – this is why timing is so crucial for couples that want to become parents.

If an egg is fertilized, it will then need to successfully implant in a woman’s uterus, where a thickened lining along the uterine wall will provide a good environment for the fertilized egg to grow from a single cell into a child. If an egg is not fertilized, however, the lining of a woman’s uterus will be shed via her monthly period. From there, her natural fertility cycle will begin again, and another egg will be released in several weeks’ time, give or take. (However, in some cases a woman may ovulate again even if she hasn’t had her monthly menstrual cycle yet.)

Due to the nature of the ovulation cycle, and the limited window of time in which an egg can be fertilized, engaging in sexual intercourse on specific days of the month will greatly increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant. Since timing is such a key part of successful conception, many women will find that monitoring their cycle and tracking their ovulation date can help them in their conception efforts.

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