There is a narrow window, known as the ‘fertile window’ when you can conceive. This is a couple of days before you ovulate, the day you ovulate and the day after. However, many women find it difficult to pinpoint their ovulation, especially in the early stages of their “trying” journey. One of the best ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant is to have regular, unprotected sex throughout your menstrual cycle. This way, sperm will always be waiting to meet the egg when it’s released. Regular sex means having intercourse every 2 or 3 days.
You don’t need to have sex every day. Sperm can survive and remain fertile for up to 5 days, and the egg can be fertilised for up to 24 hours after ovulation. Knowing when you are most fertile (ovulating) will also help. Ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) are widely available and can be a useful tool.
During this time, it’s important to try and maintain a healthy emotional balance in your relationship. Although easier said than done, try and keep sex enjoyable by concentrating on each other rather than worrying about conceiving. This way, you will keep stress levels to a minimum, and benefit your overall chances of conceiving.
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