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When planning a baby, a couple needs to make sure that they are having regular intercourse and that it is at the correct time in a woman's menstrual cycle. Awareness of your fertility window increases your chances of conception.
The so called fertility window is the days in the menstrual cycle when conception is possible. This is from the day the egg is released (ovulation) and the five days prior.
The reason for this is that sperm can survive for up to five days and the egg for only 12-24 hours. We recommend tracking your cycles and aiming for intercourse at least every second day during this time.
If you have irregular cycles, we recommend you aim for intercourse every second to third day.
Working out your fertility window can be helped by tracking your menstrual cycle. You can simply mark your periods on a calendar or try some of the many apps available online (none of which are proven or endorsed by Fertility PLUS).
The average menstrual cycle is 28-35 days. Ovulation usually occurs 14 days prior to your period starting. We recommend you track two to three cycles and work out the average length of your cycle. From this you can work out the average time you are likely to ovulate.
There are bodily signs that change over the month that can help you to identify if you have ovulated.