The Absolute Best Time of the Month to Conceive

Reviewed by James Brann, MD
When you and your partner decide that you want to start a family, you might wonder what time of the month you are most fertile. Surprisingly, many women who struggle with getting pregnant simple do not know how to make the process most efficient, therefore months (or years) can go by with no pregnancy confirmation. Although there is an off-chance there may be an issue in either one of the partners, many times the delay in getting pregnant can be attributed to lack of understanding when that “best moment” of fertilization should occur.
To help you understand the fertilization process, let’s explore the topic of ovulation, which is the day your egg is released from the ovaries and happens only once each cycle. A typical “cycle” is either 28 days long or 32 days long, depending on how frequently you get your periods. If you have cycles that occur more often, then there may be other problems to explore. Some women who have more frequency in their menstrual cycles do have a tougher time to determine the exact date of ovulation.

The Ovulation Period: More than Just a Shot in the Dark

First, you need to know when you ovulate, because most pregnancies occur within the 24-hour window of the egg being released from the ovary. It passes through the fallopian tube and becomes a budding embryo that sticks to the lining in your uterus. The sperm’s job is to get to the egg within that 24-hour span of time. For some women, it seems like pregnancy is easy, but for others, that one day of time can be elusive.
To increase your odds, you should have sexual relations more often within the days of ovulation. Some women can actually “feel” the egg being released when ovulation happens, while for others they may just associate any minor belly cramp as gas or a belly ache, so it helps to know your body. It also helps to know “when” the ovulation time span is due, if you have regular periods.

When Does Ovulation Take Place?

Ovulation happens approximately fourteen days before your period, or depending on whether your cycle is twenty-eight or thirty-two days, you would count to the fourteenth day after your first day of the previous cycle. So, let’s say you started your period on the first of the month, you could start counting and your ovulation would occur at close to the two-week mark, or on the fourteenth. To get a better success rate, you can have intercourse more frequently around this time frame, at least a couple of days before and for a few days thereafter. There is no reason you cannot have intercourse at least once a day to up the odds, unless it causes you any discomfort.

“Prime time” for intercourse is twelve (12) hours before ovulation because the sperm will have already made their travels up the fallopian tubes and will be looking for an egg to fertilize. As soon as the egg is released, voila! One lucky swimmer will have made that brilliant connection and then your little miracle can start to shape into a fetus.

It does usually take more than one try to get it right, so keep trying and hope for the best. Trying is the fun part, at least for many couples! Each month you will have about a 25% chance of getting pregnant, so most couples usually hit the mark and can conceive within four months of starting their journey to parenthood.


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