When is the best time of the month to try for a baby?

Advice on when is the best time of the month to conceive.

A lot of advice on when to conceive focuses on timing sex around your ovulation dates. However, one of the best ways to increase your chances of conceiving is to have regular sex throughout your menstrual cycle. This will mean there is always sperm waiting to meet the egg when it is released.

Did you know?

If sperm are not ejaculated frequently, but held back in a man's tubes for more than about three days, the quality greatly deteriorates.

You do not have to have sex every day, or on a particular day of the cycle. Sperm can survive and remain fertile for around 5 days, and the egg can be fertilised for up to 24 hours after ovulation.

Find out more about how to get pregnant.

The danger of waiting until close to ovulation is that the sperm will not have time to get there before the egg disintegrates.

Although you can use an ovulation calculator to work out when to have sex, the best conception tip is to continue to have sex regularly in between the times suggested by the conception calculator as well as during them.

Read more about how long it should take to get pregnant.

Ovulation calculator

What was the first day of your last period?

What is your average cycle length?


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    Please note that these comments are monitored but not answered by Tommy’s. Please call your GP or maternity unit if you have concerns about your health or your baby’s health.
    • By I am Oboi Patric (not verified) on 18 Apr 2020 - 06:25

      I want my wife to get a pregnancy of twins but her periods begin on the 24 of a very month for 7- 8 days how should I count?

    • By jackie (not verified) on 12 Apr 2020 - 18:00

      i menstruated today ,may period is five days when will i ovulate

    • By deby (not verified) on 28 Mar 2020 - 10:11

      I want to get pregnant when should I have sex

    • By mzee Ivan (not verified) on 17 Apr 2020 - 06:34

      You need to know your menstrual cycle first.. there you will be able to have a good timing.

    • By Stephen Jennifer .O. (not verified) on 20 Feb 2020 - 13:24

      My period started today when will I expect my ovulation

    • By Shilpa Sardar (not verified) on 13 Feb 2020 - 04:44

      My period first date 8 February. when does my ovulation period start?

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      What is the best day for sex to be pregnant

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      What is the best time to get pregnant

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    • By shamimAli (not verified) on 8 Apr 2020 - 08:16

      i last went in ma periods in march 4 i started sleeping wit ma husband but up to now i haven't seem anything could i be pregnant

    • By Siri (not verified) on 27 Jan 2020 - 17:13

      I am on my period now...when does my ovulation period start?

    • By Karungi Cissy (not verified) on 31 Jan 2020 - 08:50

      am in my periods now

    • By Mary (not verified) on 20 Dec 2019 - 22:10

      I want pregnancy

    • By soni (not verified) on 14 Nov 2019 - 03:58

      my period date is on 17th november 2019 so can i have sex before that?

    • By Hassana Abdulwahab (not verified) on 7 Nov 2019 - 19:47

      I stated my period on 28 October and end it on 1st of November 2019. Pls when is my ovulation taking place because I have been having Sex since then.

    • By Blessing (not verified) on 21 Jan 2020 - 21:55

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    • By Sharon (not verified) on 27 Oct 2019 - 17:59

      my period was 22 October when will my ovulation takes place

    • By Eve (not verified) on 26 Sep 2019 - 13:20

      I got my periods on 10th this month and had sex on 23rd of same month.could I be pregnant now?

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    • By Anonymous (not verified) on 24 Sep 2019 - 05:01

      If i have sex every day to i get pregnant

    • By Shiloni (not verified) on 22 Sep 2019 - 09:10

      I start my period on 21sept when is the best time to conceive

    • By Ntlantla (not verified) on 14 Sep 2019 - 19:52

      I recently had my period on the 11 Sept and i stopped yesterday. We is the best time to conceive

    • By Elizabeth (not verified) on 12 Sep 2019 - 11:58

      Am on my period now,when my ovulation time start?

    • By Debbie (not verified) on 24 Jul 2019 - 10:50

      I want to get pregnant

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      I want to get pregnant

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      My hubsand spram is strong to get me pregnant what will i do

    • By Queen (not verified) on 8 Jun 2019 - 18:09

      I started my period 1st of June..when to get pregnant?

    • By Heya (not verified) on 24 Sep 2019 - 11:19

      Very soon

    • By Mary (not verified) on 16 Jan 2020 - 08:08

      I normally received my periods on date 5 which is the perfect time to get pregnant

    • By Mary (not verified) on 16 Jan 2020 - 08:11

      I normally received my periods on date 5 which is the perfect time to get pregnant

    • By suzie (not verified) on 7 Jun 2019 - 14:32

      I am ready to get pregnant,I removed my jadell implanon on date 24th May,I spotted for four days immediately, have been having regular sex,I now am two weeks and experiencing, stomach bloating,a belly pooch,and am having dizziness, could I be pregnant,I also am having mood swings...help me please

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      Want to get pregnant

    • By jojo (not verified) on 28 Mar 2019 - 10:33

      I saw my period on 4 of this month

    • By Nancy obi (not verified) on 31 Jul 2019 - 23:36

      I saw my period on 27 July when was my ovulation time

    • By Midwife @Tommys on 20 Nov 2017 - 10:08

      Hi there
      Every woman will take a different amount of time to fall pregnant when trying to conceive. Please try not to be anxious, although i know that this is easier said than done. It might be sensible to make an appointment with your GP to discuss this with them. They may be able to offer you some tests, or refer you for tests elsewhere if they suspect that there could be a problem.

      Here are some links below to our website about ow to best prepare your body for conception and pregnancy - i hope you find these useful!




    • By Kamaal (not verified) on 19 Nov 2017 - 22:11

      Since six years I am trying to become pregnant, but failed. i used many types of medicines including herbal chinese medicines> i am completely disappointed, nervous and anxious.thanks

    • By hannah joseph s... (not verified) on 18 Mar 2019 - 14:53

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