Best time to Have Intercourse When Trying to Conceive

Boost Fertility by Understanding Your Cycle

Know the best time to have intercourse when trying to conceive by understanding cycles, home ovulation predictor kits and fertility doctor cycle monitoring. Timing is everything when it comes to getting pregnant. Timing for intercourse is largely dependent on the interval between each menstrual cycle. So, understanding menstrual cycles and ovulation is also critical to successfully becoming pregnant.


Understanding your cycle is the first step to boosting fertility. If your menstrual cycle comes regularly, averaging between 25 to 35 days apart, then the rule of thumb is that ovulation occurs 14 days before each cycle. So, in a typical 28 day cycle, ovulation occurs on cycle day 14. If you have a 30 day cycle, then ovulation occurs on cycle day 16. In a 34 day cycle, the interval between cycles means ovulation occurs on cycle day 20. These dates should be plus or minus 1 or 2 days.


Knowing when to have intercourse is the second crucial step to boosting fertility. To be more exact about timing, you may want to purchase a home ovulation predictor kit that measures the hormone LH in your urine from a pharmacy and start about 2 days before expected ovulation.

If chasing your most fertile time on a home kit becomes stressful or just not logistically convenient or possible, you should consider allowing a fertility specialist to "monitor" your cycle through simple blood tests and an ultrasound.

We can tell you whether you are ovulating properly (a follicle is growing on one of your ovaries), whether your fallopian tube the egg is going to descend through is even open, whether your hormone levels are ideal or need to be adjusted, and whether your uterus is currently capable of implantation.

Allowing a fertility specialist to monitor your cycle significantly improves your chances of becoming pregnant naturally.

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