Getting pregnant… the basics.
For you to conceive, two things have to happen:
- Ovulation: Your ovary releases an egg mid cycle – around day 15 of a 28-day menstrual cycle. (The day is counted from the day your period starts.)
- Fertilisation: For 12 to 48 hours after its release, the egg can be fertilised by sperm. This is when you are at your most fertile.
The hotspot: mid cycle
You are most likely to conceive mid cycle. Timing depends on your cycle length, which varies from woman to woman. A normal cycle can be anything from 23 to 35 days.
When are you fertile?
If you have a 28-day cycle, it works like this.
- Day 1: Your period starts day 1
- Mid cycle: You ovulate around day 15
Hotspot: You’re most likely to conceive if you have sex in the two or three days leading up to ovulation and the day following ovulation. Days 12-16
Click here to read about the signs of ovulation.
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