Getting the timing right
In addition to making some healthy lifestyle changes, it is recommended that you have unprotected intercourse every 2 to 3 days. You can also calculate the time when you are most fertile, i.e. during ovulation, to increase your chances of becoming pregnant. Ovulation is the time when the egg is released from one of your ovaries. See our article on the Menstrual cycle for more information on when ovulation occurs.
You can determine your ovulation time by using the following methods:
- Rhythm or calendar method: If you have regular cycles (regardless of the length of the cycle), subtract 14 days from your average cycle length. For example, if your average cycle is 28 days, you will ovulate on day 14. You should have intercourse from 3 or 4 days prior to that day in your cycle in order to maximise your chance of achieving a pregnancy. There are many online ovulation calculators available or you may also like to try a free phone app, such as Period Tracker Lite.
- Home ovulation kits: These are available through pharmacies and work by either testing your urine to predict the best time to try to become pregnant. Ask your pharmacist for more information.
- Changes in vaginal discharge: When you ovulate, your vaginal discharge may increase and become clearer, more slippery and easier to stretch – similar in consistency to raw egg white.