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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      I started my period, when can i have sex and pregnant

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      How do I get my wife pregnant for twins

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      I am 37 and just started trying for a baby like a week go. Iv just had my period ,I have mental health and take medication as I have severe health anxiety .any advice for me please ?

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      Hi I had my period on the 17 May. When to get pregnant please?

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      I have missed my periods last month, but I know I have nothing to worry about
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      My menses started today so when is my ovulation day and which days are most good for sex

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

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