Window of opportunity
When is the best time to conceive?
Understanding your menstrual cycle and the date that you are likely to be ovulating can increase your chances of conceiving. Ovulation usually happens around two weeks before your period starts1, and you are most likely to conceive if you have plenty of sex in the days prior to this.
Common signs of ovulation
- An increase in vaginal mucus, along with a change in consistency which may make it look like egg white
- A slightly raised temperature
- Abdominal pain
- Tender breasts
- Feeling bloated
Charting your temperature
Use our ovulation calculator to discover the best time to conceive
To get the most accurate date, you need to know the average length of your menstrual cycle and the day that your last period started. Our ovulation calculator can help you to predict when you are going to be most fertile.
1. NHS. (2014). How can I tell when I’m ovulating? Available from: https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/982.aspx?CategoryID=50[Accessed July 2015]
2. Fertility Education & Training. (2011). Charting your fertility cycle. http://www.fertilityet.org.uk/pdfs/Charting-Your-Fertility-Cycle.pdf[Accessed July 2015]
3. Patient. (2015). Natural family planning. http://patient.info/health/natural-family-planning [Accessed July 2015]
Last reviewed: 4th July 2016
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