1. You can’t calculate your fertile window correctly.
- A woman can only get pregnant during the ‘fertile window’ in the menstrual cycle.
- There are a few ways to work out when you’re ovulating.
- Your chance of getting pregnant is dramatically increased if you have sex on the day of ovulation, or two days before that.We’re talking about the ‘fertile window’ – the days in a woman’s menstrual cycle when pregnancy is possible. The ‘fertile window’ depends on the length of the menstrual cycle, which varies among women.
The ‘fertile window’ is the day an egg is released from the ovary (ovulation) and the five days beforehand. Having sex (intercourse) during this time gives you the best chance of getting pregnant.
Sometimes it’s hard to make accurate predictions, especially if your period is irregular. However, technology can help you out. There are apps like Flo Period Tracker (free for iOS and Android) that make accurate cycle predictions. In addition, once you get pregnant, you can keep the app by simply switching to pregnancy mode and enjoying baby development info and personalized health insights.
Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary. The egg then moves down the fallopian tube where it can be fertilised. If sperm are in the fallopian tube when the egg is released, there is a good chance that the egg will be fertilised, creating an embryo, which can grow into a baby.
Pregnancy is technically only possible if you have sex during the five days before ovulation or on the day of ovulation. But the most fertile days are the three days leading up to and including ovulation. Having sex during this time gives you the best chance of getting pregnant.
By 12-24 hours after ovulation, a woman is no longer able to get pregnant during that menstrual cycle because the egg is no longer in the fallopian tube.
There’s almost no chance of getting pregnant if you have sex before or after the fertile window (but if you’re not trying to get pregnant, don’t rely on this – contraception is your best option!).