Fertility Days

Fertility days or fertility time is the time of a woman's cycle when she is most fertile and most likely to conceive. This is the time when an egg is available for fertilization by sperm.

Typically a woman's cycle lasts 28 days, but some women have cycles as long as 36 days. That is why it is recommended to chart your cycles. If you know when you ovulate, you will know the optimum time of the month for intercourse and potential conception.

There are approximately four days every month when a woman can conceive. Those days are usually anywhere from the 14th to the 16th day of her cycle. These are the days when her body will most likely ovulate--release an egg for fertilization.

When counting, day one is the first day of your period.

Under the best of conditions, there is only a 25% chance each month of actually getting pregnant.

Ovulation is triggered by the release (or surge) of Luteinizing Hormone (LH)and can be detected in the urine. LH test kits detect the hormone in the urine. Ovulation will occur from 12 to 24 hours later. Intercourse would ideally take place during that time. Sperm can survive for several hours after intercours. The idea is to have intercourse--hopefully more than once--during those ovulation days.

Whether you track your cycles by charting or by using an LH test kit, it is one of the best ways to ensure that you are taking full advantage of those "fertility days" when you are most likely to concieve.

Dr. Christine Strong, NMD

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