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When Should You Have Sex to Get Pregnant?

You may get your period like clockwork each month, but do you know when your body ovulates? Do you ovulate if you have irregular periods? When should you have sex to get pregnant?

A woman can best chart her ovulation by using an ovulation prediction kit (OPK), charting basal body temperature (BBT), and noting changes in cervical mucus or position. At approximately half way through your 28-to-32-day menstrual cycle, hormones trigger the release of an egg from your ovaries. If you are actively trying to conceive and time intercourse just right, you may become pregnant. Your fertile window is only about five to seven days per month and you should have sex every two days during this window.

However if your periods are irregular or non-existent, it will be more difficult to estimate when ovulation will occur. If you suspect that you are not ovulating or are having trouble tracking your ovulation, you should consult a fertility doctor. For more tips on how to chart your fertility, check out this article from FertilityAuthority and EPT.

You can also visit the Basal Body Temperature (BBT), Ovulation Prediction Kit (OPK), and Home Pregnancy Test (HPT) forum on to chat with others currently trying to conceive.

Watch as Dr. David Keenan, a fertility doctor with Atlanta Center for Reproductive Medicine answers: Can I get pregnant if I am not ovulating or not ovulating regularly?

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