When Am I Most Likely to Get Pregnant?

You are most likely to get pregnant during your fertile window, which includes the days leading up to and including the day of ovulation. Ovulation typically occurs about 14 days before your next period starts, but this can vary depending on the length of your menstrual cycle.

There are a lot of other factors that determine when you’re most likely to get pregnant, which we’ll explore here. However, if you think you might be unexpectedly pregnant, reach out to us at Pregnancy Help Center. We’re here to provide free pregnancy services to get support and the answers to your burning questions.

What To Know About Ovulation

Most women ovulate each month, typically about 14 days before their period starts, although the timing can differ for each woman.

During ovulation, an ovary releases an egg that travels through the fallopian tube. This journey takes about 12 to 24 hours, and it’s when you’re most likely to get pregnant.

It’s also important to note that sperm can survive inside the female reproductive tract for up to five days after sex. This means you can still get pregnant if you have sex up to five days before ovulation.

How To Determine Your Cycle

It can be difficult to determine your exact cycle, especially if you don’t have regular periods. There are a few signs you can track.

On a calendar, note down the first and last days of your menstrual period. This helps you track when to expect your period each month and understand how long your periods usually last. By tracking this information, you can predict when you’re likely to ovulate by counting back 14 days from the anticipated start of your period each month.

There are some physical ways to tell as well.

Before ovulation, you may notice an increase in clear, stretchy, wet vaginal secretions. After ovulation, the secretions decrease, thicken, become cloudier, and are less obvious.

Your body’s resting temperature, called basal body temperature, slightly rises during ovulation. Use a special thermometer to take your temperature each morning before you get up. Keep a record of these readings. You are most fertile in the 2 to 3 days before your temperature increases.

Get Pregnancy Support

Do you think you may be pregnant? Turn to us at Pregnancy Help Center to get the support you need during this crucial time.

We offer free pregnancy testing, ultrasounds, prenatal and parenting education, and more to help you feel prepared for your unique experience.

Contact us today to get a confidential appointment.

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