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Best time to conceive

Best time to conceive
June 17
12:43 2013

What is the best time to conceive

As soon as you decide to get pregnant, the next important thing is to find out what is the best time to conceive. The fertile window is considered as the apt time to conceive. Now what is fertile window? Fertile window can be defined as the days of the menstrual cycle during which having sex can result in pregnancy. During this time,there are more chances of a woman toget pregnant.  The time duration of fertile window canlastfor 5 days, 4 days before ovulation until the day of ovulation. Moreover, most fertile days are just the 2 days before and the day of ovulation. As a result, having sex during this particular time can give desired results.

Let’s try to make it more understandable, by understanding menstrual cycle. Here is how your menstrual cycle works:
First day of your period is the day one of your cycle

Follicular phase:

  • The time between your period and ovulation
  • The follicular phase starts on day 1 of your cycle. The follicular phase ends when a hormone called Luteinising Hormone (LH) peaks and ovulation happens
  • During the follicular phase your body releases FSH ( Follicle Stimulating Hormone) which makes one of your ovarian follicles dominant and releases an egg into a follapian tube
  • In the mean time, the hormone- oestrogenstarts to make your womb lining thick in preparation for a fertilized egg
  • Your cervical mucus becomes clearer, thinner and stretchy (this assists sperm to reach an egg easily)
    Luteinising hormone (LH) triggers the ovulation around 10-16 days before the start of your next period, when the egg is released from an ovary. However, the amount of time from the first day of your period to ovulation can differ from woman to woman.
  • More than one egg can also be released. In that case, the gap between the releases of two eggs can be within24 hours
  • When more than one egg is fertilized it can lead to multiple pregnancy(twins, triplets)

Luteal phase:

  • Luteal phase is the time from ovulation to the end of your cycle
  • Ovulation also activates your body to produce progesterone –another hormone;this one ensures that your womb lining is preparedfor a fertilized egg to implant.
  • Cervical mucus changes to being stickier and thicker after ovulation
  • Your hormone levels fall, if the egg is not fertilized and this menstrual cycle ends
  • Then the whole thing starts again, the womb lining breaks down and you will have your next period
  • The average menstrual can be as short as 22 days or as long as 36 days. Both shorter and longer cycles are common and normal. If you still have any doubts or your periods are irregular then consulting your doctor can help.
  • To find out about your day of ovulation, you can also read our blog post Signs of ovulation. Hope you will find these posts helpful in getting pregnant.

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