Identifying the time when it is easiest for you to become pregnant may require consideration of several factors. The March of Dimes notes that most healthy couples conceive within the first 12 months of trying. Knowing when the odds are in your favor, however, can give you more control. To help you pick the best window of time, chart your menstrual cycle and become more aware of what your body is doing.
You may need to wait for a significant amount of time to pass after halting birth control efforts before you begin trying to conceive. Some methods of birth control may make it tricky to time when you are ovulating. For example, you may need to wait a month or two to have regular menstrual cycles after you stop taking birth control pills, according to the March of Dimes. Users of medroxyprogesterone acetate, which is delivered by injection, may need to wait anywhere from three to 12 months for regular ovulation to resume. If you use a barrier method, such as an intrauterine device or condoms, no waiting period is required.
There's no way around it—you have to have an egg in order to get pregnant. that makes ovulation a must for conception. If you have regular periods, calculate your next ovulation date by counting 12 to 16 days back from your next period's start date. According to the American Pregnancy Association, most women ovulate anywhere from day 11 to day 21 after the last day of their period. Some women ovulate on the same day in each menstrual cycle while others do not. For example, you might ovulate on the 14th day of one cycle and the 18th day of the next.
Listen to Your Body
If tracking and charting your monthly cycles isn't cutting it when it comes to figuring out the best time to get pregnant, listen to what your body is telling you. Some women, especially those who don't have regular periods, may not be able to accurately track ovulation by counting the days. If this is the case, take note of the physical signs that accompany ovulation to determine the easiest time to conceive. These signals may include a change in the amount and consistency of your cervical mucus, a rise in body temperature by 0.4 to 1.0 degree and discomfort in your lower abdomen, according to the website BabyCenter.
Getting pregnant is easiest 12 to 24 hours after the egg's release, according to the March of Dimes. Sperm can live inside of a woman's reproductive tract for as many as 72 hours. Having intercourse as close to ovulation as possible makes it easier to get pregnant, raising the chance that the egg and sperm will actually meet up. Say, for example, that you have sex on Nov. 4 and ovulate on Nov. 5. Even though you have sex prior to the egg release, the sperm can survive long enough for conception to happen. Likewise, if you have sex on Nov. 6—within 24 hours of the egg being released—you may also get pregnant.