Right Timing – The Key to Conceiving During Ovulation

Most people feel that it is easy to become pregnant. All it needs is for the sperm to meet an egg. But there have been numerous cases of couples desperately trying to conceive, without any success.

The first step would be to rule out any physical problems in both or either of the couple.

If both are perfectly healthy, it would be helpful to understand the process of ovulation and conception. Proper synchronization is necessary since conception after ovulation is the key to a quick pregnancy.


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Ovulation and Conception

It is first important to understand the process of ovulation which takes place every month. Ovulation is the time when an egg is released from the ovarian follicle. Fertilization by the sperm occurs only in this window of time, which lasts for only about 3 days. If fertilization does not take place, the egg is expelled in the menstrual flow, and you will have to wait for another 28 days for the next menstrual cycle.

If you wish to avoid conception, then it would be best to have safe sex on days other than the 3 days of ovulation. On the other hand, if your wish to conceive, it is best to look out for signs of ovulation, and have sex on those days. However, emotional or physical stress can also make it difficult to conceive.

Signs of Ovulation

The body undergoes certain hormonal changes when ovulation is due. A few women feel a tightness or a heavy achy pain either in the lower part of their abdomen, or on the left or right side of their abdomen. This is a very distinct  pain, and cannot be confused with intestinal pains.

Since the cervix opens out slightly during this period, most women experience cervical secretions. The vaginal area feels wet and slippery, and a stretchy mucus is discharged. These days there are medical tests which give more reliable results for ovulations. One is the LH test. During ovulation, levels of the leutenizing hormone rises in the blood and can be measured by this test, indicating the right time frame to try for conception. Then there is the BBT or basal body temperature, which indicates that the woman is going through a period of ovulation.

Ovulation Calendar

For those trying to use the conception ovulation method, the best way would be to keep a calendar, and track the best days for intercourse. The lifespan of a sperm is 7 days and that of an egg 3 days.

The highest chances of getting pregnant are on the days of ovulation. Your chances are also quite high if you had intercourse one day before ovulation, because the sperm is still active in the woman’s body. Intercourse a day after ovulation lowers the chances of conception, and it is almost nil two day later

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