When Are You Most Fertile?
Some couples, when they decide they’d like to become parents, discontinue the use of their birth control methods and just say, “When it happens, it happens.” While that’s certainly a valid and low-maintenance choice, other couples like to take charge. And that means tracking your cycle and targeting your most fertile time.
If you want to increase your chances of becoming pregnant, follow the advice of Mayo Clinic obstetrician Roger W. Harms. He gives the following advice:
- Ovulation occurs approximately 14 days after the first day of your period. Mark it on your calendar.
- Look for signs of ovulation. You may notice clear vaginal secretions during ovulation. Also, you may experience mild cramping during ovulation.
- Take your basal body temperature every morning and track the results. You should see a pattern develop. Soon you'll be able to predict your fertile time– it's two or three days before your temperature rises.
- Have sex once a day during this time.