When is your Fertility Time?
successfully conceive when fertilisation of the egg by the
sperm takes place in the ovary and its implantation in the
uterine wall. Not all couples conceive as soon as they stop
oral contraception and decide to become parents, as some couples
are more fertile than others. It may take many cycles for
conception to occur, even if both partners are normally fertile,
healthy, fit and sexually active. What is important to conceive
is knowing when is the best time to conceive and what is your
Did you know that women remain fertile for only 24 hours a
month? During ovulation the ovum or egg is released by the
ovary into the fallopian tube. Whereas ovum remain ripe for
24 hours, male sperm have a longer life span, surviving for
four to five days in a woman's body. This means that there
are about five or six days during which time conception could
possibly occur each month. To maximise the chances of conception,
sexual intercourse ideally should occur in the six days leading
up to and on the day of ovulation as the quality of sperm
deteriorates the longer it is inside the woman's body.
Most women ovulate in the middle of their menstrual cycle.
In a 28-day cycle, ovulation will occur around day 14. Thus
during this time you should have more sex in order to be able
to conceive. But it is also difficult to know when you are
infact ovulating. The best bet is to have sex each alternate
day from day 10 after your menstrual cycle.
can also recognise the following signs, which will inform
you that you are ovulating.
A distinct rise in temperature
cervix becomes softer and slightly more open
The mucus plug, or discharge, comes away from the cervix
to allow the entry of sperm
discharge has a similar consistency to egg white and is
elastic in texture
tugging sensation in her lower abdomen
ovulation the discharge is clean, thin and elastic and has
a similar consistency to egg white. The nature of this fertile
mucus helps the sperm of your partner to swim up through the
vagina and cervix, through the uterus and into the fallopian
tubes thereby helping you conceive.