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How Does My Menstrual Cycle Work?

Your menstrual cycle quite simply determines when you can conceive. This window of opportunity (fertility window) comes around once a month for several days at any given time. This process leads to ovulation and at ovulation your body releases a mature egg and the journey to fertilisation begins.

 

 

How Do I Get Pregnant?

If you want to conceive, two processes have to take place:

  • Ovulation: Your ovary releases a mature egg mid cycle, this falls due on and around day 15 of a 28-day menstrual cycle. (The day is counted from the day your period begins). Try our Ovulation Calculator for instant results.
  • Fertilisation: Once your egg has been released, there is a 12-48 hour period after it’s release when the sperm can successfully fertilise the egg. This is when you are at your most fertile.

 

When Am I Fertile?

Most women experience a ‘hotspot’ mid cycle this is when you are most likely to conceive. Timing does depends on your cycle length which can obviously vary from woman to woman, with a normal cycle anywhere from 23 to 35 days. However if you have a 28 day cycle it works out a little like this:

  • Day One: Your menstrual cycle (period) begins, day one.
  • Mid Cycle: You will normally ovulate around day 15 of your cycle.
  • Hotspot: Conception is more likely to occur if you have sex in the two or three days prior to ovulation and the day following ovulation, these days are normal days 12-16.

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