HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHEN I’M MOST FERTILE?

Bayo Ajibola

WHEN I’M MOST FERTILE

WHEN I’M MOST FERTILE

The human body is a schedule of processes that occur like clockwork. Fertility relates to when one is most likely to conceive. Like any other normal body process in a normal functioning body it comes at a certain time.  Finding out the exact time it comes for you will make trying for a baby a little easier since you know when to pick up the momentum, so to speak.

Your body works in such a way that at a certain time during your menstrual cycle a small window exists for you to conceive. Taking the time to study your body and your cycle will enable you to pinpoint when it is.

Fertility is usually when ovulation occurs. Ovulation is the process during which a mature egg is released from the ovaries and into the fallopian tube. At this point if the egg meets any sperm it will get fertilized and you get pregnant.

Sounds simple? Not quite. There is a catch to this. The egg lasts only between 12 and 24 hours after it is released. That is a very small period, especially because you might not even notice that ovulation had occurred.

The good news is that sperm cells last a little longer in the female body. They can live for between 3 and 6 or 7 days so there is hope. The key to using this to your advantage is to time it just right. Since ovulation is the shorter process you will need to know when it happens for you.

Keeping track of the dates will help. Ovulation occurs 14 days before your period so if you already know when your next period will be you just have to count 14 days backwards and that is when ovulation will occur.

If you are not sure, mark the first day of your period on the calendar. Take down the whole length of it and then mark when your next period comes. Do this for a few months to get a rough idea on your cycle. Ovulation comes mid-cycle so find the middle. Other signs that you can look out for are a rise in your basal body temperature, a change in the consistency of your vaginal mucus and a shift in the position of your cervix.

Due to the lifespan of an egg it is best to have sex 2-3 days before ovulation so as to ensure that the egg will have sperm waiting for it as soon as it is released. This increases your chances of conceiving.

This whole trying to conceive can be a drag to your sex life and could leave it lackluster. Spice it up with a little fun and games and even spontaneity you could make it a whole adventure for you and your partner.


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