“The single biggest factor that can make a difference for most couples is making sure to have sex in the two to three days just before a woman ovulates,” Dr Maureen Cronin, Chief Medical Officer for Ava told Cosmopolitan UK. “These are the days when chances for pregnancy are highest.”
Typically, this happens around day 14 of your cycle (the moment you start your period is day one, FYI). But as far as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is concerned, the day you ovulate and the day after that, are also prime times for getting busy.
“Even if you and your partner are both very fertile, if you miss having sex on these days, you’re really hurting your chances,” added Dr Cronin.
Not super 100 per cent sure if you’re ovulating or not? You can get ovulation kits from your local chemist that will tell you based on the hormones that are present in your wee. Cycle tracking apps like Clue also work a treat.
Alternatively, look to your body for signs: think, light cramping, clearer discharge (like egg whites), a small increase in temperature and a higher sex drive than usual.
The good news? By recognising that there’s really only a few days each month you’re likely to conceive, it can eliminate some of the pressure for you and your s.o.
“It can be taxing on a relationship to have sex every day to concieve,” ob-gyn Christine Masterson, previously told Women’s Health. “I usually recommend every other day since the egg will live for 72 hours after ovulation and sperm live for 48 hours after ejaculation, so you definitely have some time in terms of when you can become pregnant [in that window.”]