19.09.2015

Getting pregnant during ovulation

There are only six days during any cycle when a woman can get pregnant - the five days leading up to ovulation and the 24 hours after ovulation.
CycleBeads lets you know when you can get pregnant by identifying 12 potentially fertile days each cycle – Days 8 through 19, where Day 1 is the first day of your period. If a woman is not pregnant within 6 cycles of using this method and has been actively trying, she should talk to her doctor to make sure that there are no health problems that are keeping her from achieving pregnancy. While it is possible to estimate ovulation more exactly, it is a challenging process that requires time and training and the tracking of information such as cervical secretions, basal body temperature and charting throughout the cycle. For women with regular cycles between 26-32 days it is much easier to simply know that you can get pregnant as early as day 8 of your cycle and as late as day 19 of your cycle and on all the days in between. Studies have shown that women who use CycleBeads to help them plan a pregnancy are able get pregnant quickly. In terms of your chances of getting pregnant on day 19 of your cycle, it depends on when you ovulated. As this information relates to the Standard Days Method, if your cycles are in the 26-32 day range then your changes of getting pregnant from intercourse on day 19 are less than 5%. That said, if you wish to avoid pregnancy, it is encouraged that you avoid unprotected intercourse on days 8 through 19! There are only a few days (typically 6) each cycle when you can get pregnant, the days leading up to and including the day of ovulation. Ovulation is the name of the process that happens once in every menstrual cycle when hormone changes trigger an ovary to release an egg. As you approach ovulation, your body produces increasing amounts of a hormone called estrogen, which causes the lining of your uterus to thicken and helps create a sperm friendly environment.


Ovulation normally occurs 24 to 36 hours after the LH surge, which is why the LH surge is a good predictor for peak fertility. Your ‘fertility window’ is the period of about 6 days during your menstrual cycle when it is possible to become pregnant from unprotected sex – hear more about how this works in the video from Professor Bill Ledger. The graph below shows the estimated likelihood of conception on the day of ovulation and the 5 days before. As we said above, ovulation usually happens 12-16 days BEFORE your next period starts, so the timing of ovulation depends on your menstrual cycle length.
If you’d like to have a more in-depth look at what happens inside your body during your menstrual cycle, click through to our Cycle and Ovulation page. Couples can have sex in the 3-4 days leading up to ovulation and have a very good chance of getting pregnant, since the sperm will be ready and waiting when the egg is released. However, if you have sex after the egg has already been released and that 24 hour window has passed, the egg will have already died and it will be too late to get pregnant. Using an ovulation predictor kit test or finding another way to track your ovulation will really help you when it comes to trying to conceive. Figuring out the exact timing of ovulation can be tricky, because it does not happen at exactly the same time each cycle. These 12 days take into account the 6 days when pregnancy is possible as well as the variability in the timing of ovulation from one cycle to the next. You can see a chart on this page which shows your chances for getting pregnant relative to the day you ovulate.
The so-called LH surge causes the release of the mature egg from the ovary - this is ovulation.


Since the sperm can live up to five days in the body, and the egg only lives for around 24 hours, the days leading up to ovulation are almost just as important when it comes to getting pregnant as ovulation day itself. This is why ovulation predictor kits can come in so handy during this time, because they can let you know when the LH surge is occurring in the body, which can give you a head start so you know when to have sex. Just keep in mind that during ovulation week is your best chance to get pregnant, so make sure you are having sex at that time. Surveys of women using CycleBeads to get pregnant show that they are highly successful, with more than 80% of women getting pregnant within 6 months and the vast majority achieving pregnancy within the first 3 months of trying to conceive. Meaning that women using an ovulation prediction kit may miss a number of potentially fertile days. We have put together information which will help you understand your fertility, the ovulation process and how this fits within your menstrual cycle as a whole. So to get pregnant, it’s important to have intercourse on your fertile days and if you want to find out when you’re most fertile, it’s important to get to know your own body and your own personal menstrual cycle. We can tell you that if you have sex and then ovulate 4 days later, your chances of getting pregnant are about 10-15%. The graph at the top of this page outlines probability of getting pregnant based on when you had intercourse relative to when you ovulated.




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