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Trying to conceive (TTC)? Work out when you're most fertile and when is the best time to get pregnant, to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.

All you need to do is put in the first day of your last period. 

Then we need to know the average length of your menstrual cycle so we can calculate the window of time when you're most fertile. While the average cycle lasts 28 days, anything from 22 to 36 days is perfectly normal, so pop your number in and press 'submit'. 

What to read next:

11 trying to conceive tips the experts want you to know: 

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1. Have regular sex

‘Every two or three days is ideal, as too much ejaculation or prolonged abstinence both have adverse effects on sperm quality and quantity,’ explains Dr Sarah Brewer, author of Planning a Baby? A Complete Guide to Pre-Conceptual Care. ‘Although if you’ve struggled to conceive in the past, it may be worth approaching it differently and holding off for as long as seven days before having sex during your fertile peak – this lets your partner’s sperm count build up.’
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2. Get weight ready

‘If you need to reduce your weight, do this before starting to try for a baby,’ says Emma. ‘Being over or under weight can both have a negative impact on fertility, but if you lose too much weight too quickly while you’re TTC, your body thinks it isn't the optimum time to conceive.’
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3. Maximise your nutrition

‘As a safety net, take a multivitamin and mineral supplement especially designed for pregnancy or conception,’ says Sarah. ‘You’re looking for something that includes folic acid (400mcg daily), which helps to prevent certain developmental disorders in your baby such as spina bifida.’
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4. Put down the bottle opener

‘One study found that women who drink five or less units of alcohol per week were twice as likely to conceive within six months than those drinking ten units or more,’ says Sarah.
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5. Ditch the cigarettes

‘If you can’t stop, then cut right down,’ says Sarah. ‘Women who smoke 10 or more cigarettes a day are three times more likely to have difficulty conceiving than non-smokers.’
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6. Look after your body

If you’re trying to get pregnant, slowing down and taking care of your body is key, as Emma Cannon points out. ‘Over the last five years, I’ve noticed the exercise routines that women are putting themselves through can be really intense and really rigorous. The problem with this is it floods the body with adrenaline, which can tell the body it’s not a particularly good time to conceive. If you’ve been trying for a while and you are struggling, you need to just take a look at your exercise routine.’
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7. Forget the Kama Sutra

‘When it comes to sex positions, missionary with a slightly tilted pelvis (i.e. a cushion under your bottom) can help,’ says Emma Cannon, fertility specialist and author of The Baby Making Bible. ‘But really I think the best advice is just to get on with it. Becoming too obsessive can create tension.’
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8. Don’t forget your relationship

‘When all your attention is on the process of trying to conceive, emotions can be neglected, which can lead to frustration, anger and disappointment,’ says Sloan. ‘So, actively make couple time to do things you enjoy and talk about everything other than conception.’
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9. Focus on the present

‘It’s difficult not to obsess about becoming pregnant and having a baby,’ says life coach and relationship expert Sloan Sheridan-Williams. ‘I advise clients trying to conceive that the best way to reduce this stress is to shift your focus from the end goal to the present – so savouring daily activities you’d usually rush through. When you let yourself live in the moment, things feel less overwhelming for you both.’
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10. Balance your eating

‘But don't be fooled by fad diets,’ says Emma. ‘It's a good idea to cut out processed foods, but don't be tempted to ditch whole food groups or replace meals with juices. And go for foods that are high in antioxidants, omega 3 oils and protein.’ Emma also recommends not to eat raw foods after 4pm, as these can chill the digestion and lower the core body temperature.
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11. Find success stories

‘Athletes look to people who have achieved what they want and recreate it, and in the same way this is a good time to look at tips and techniques that have worked for others and find one that feels authentic to you,’ says Sloan. ‘Acupuncture has been shown to reduce stress, and self-hypnosis is good for relaxation.’

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What does the calculator mean and when are your most fertile days?

The asterix show the day you're ovulating. And all those days that are ticked? That's when you're at your most fertile, so this is the best time to get pregnant.

The days shaded blue are the days your period is due – and a great tally for working out when it's time to take a pregnancy test.

Boost your chance of conceiving

Now you know when you're most fertile, make the ovulation calculator results work for you and figure out what you need to do to boost your chances of conceiving no matter where you are in your menstrual cycle - and to find out when is the best time to get pregnant in your cycle.

Your period’s due - week one

If you've got your period (when you were really hoping it wouldn't happen) stay positive. Just think, if you do conceive this month, this will be considered week one of your pregnancy. Right now, your body is shedding a combination of the lining of your womb (called the endometrium) and actual blood. You won't know whether your egg has been fertilised for another month, but can still do things to focus on your fertility. 

But if you think there could be some bad habits that are stopping you getting pregnant, this is a great week to make those healthy resolutions, including taking folic acid, which has been proven to protect your future baby from spina bifida, and getting your body as healthy as it can be. Focus on eating a balanced diet, with lots of nutrients, including zinc, and avoiding too much caffine (no more than three cups of coffee a day). Now is also the time to shake off those vices - if you smoke, try to quit and cut down on alcohol. 

And if that period isn't showing up? While it's never great to obsess about the early signs of pregnancy and when to take a pregnancy test, being aware of them is a good idea.

You’re almost in your most fertile week - week two

Focusing on what you both eat in this week will help ensure you're on top form as you come into your most fertile time. Find out the foods that boost his sperm count and help your fertility.

Now is the time to turn down the heat, literally! Discourage your partner from taking steamy hot showers or soaking in a hot bath, as this can affect sperm quality. It's also a good idea to turn off your electric blanket, and stop sitting with your laptop on your lap. It might sound crazy, but studies have shown prolonged and excessive heat can actually slow down sperm collection. 

Remember, that TTC sex shouldn't just be about that most fertile week. And if your heart's set on trying to get pregnant with a girl, there is a theory that conceiving before your fertile week could help.

You’re in your most fertile week - week three

You're most fertile so now's the perfect time to enjoy plenty of baby making sex - this is the best time to get pregnant. And while, yes, you really want to get pregnant right now, remember you want a baby with him, so it's worth making sure TTC doesn't take over your relationship.

This week, hopefully, your partners sperm will meet your egg and your baby will start to form. Our menstrual cycles really are incredible, and this week, your levels of lutenising hormones (LH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) will rise, which stimulates the production of follicles in your ovary. Usually one folicle will become larger than the others and will produce the egg. That follicle will also start to produce oestrogen - the clever hormone that tells your body to start thickening the lining of the womb for implantation.  

It might sound as simple as egg, meet sperm, but your partner's sperm actually have to make a ten-hour journey from your vagina, through your cervix and up to the fallopian tube where it can hopefully penetrate your egg. If you're having sex on your most fertile days, hopefully in the 24 hours after the egg is released, one of the 250 million sperm your partner will have released will burrow through the eggs outer membrane.

You’re just out of your most fertile week - week four

While trying to conceive is top of your agenda right now, keep in mind that your life isn't all about getting pregnant – and that you're not the only couple going through this. The 10 things you only know if you're trying to conceive should ring true.

That said, if you're needing an excuse to have a health overhaul, this could increase your chances of conceiving, too. If you've decided to take your basal temperature to use alongside the ovulation calculator, now's the time when you should be seeing a change.

The good news is, if you have had sex on the right days, hopefully, week four could mean you've concieved! Your egg will now travel from the fallopian tube to your uterus and divide into 16 identical cells.

I have irregular periods? How can I work out when I'm ovulating? 

Of course, if your periods are not regular using our ovulation calculator gets a little harder. We recommend going to speak to your GP about you periods if you've been trying for a while, just to be sure this is not affecting your fertility. 

For more information and support, visit our dedicated Trying To Conceive channel.

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Comments

  • Victoria - 27/09/2015 07:13

    Please help i usually see my periods twice a month what can i do

    • Great - 11/03/2017 16:18

      I saw my period on March 8th and stopped on 11th and I had sex with my partner on the same 11th. Pls am i safe? We are actually using natural family planning.

  • bella - 20/10/2015 10:24

    Pls I noticed dis spotting always instead of my normal mensuration, since I stopped breastfeeding my second baby, wat could be the cause, and can it prevent me from getting pregnant?

  • yourlordac - 27/10/2015 23:10

    I need some help right now. My partner and I had unprotected sex on the 7th, 8th, and 13th October. I usually have period cramps a week before I am due on, but I've had small cramps on one side of my body, which is odd for me. My period arrives around the 27th. I've also been feeling extremely tired. I've taken two pregnancy tests, but they've both said negative. Is it too early?

  • chigold - 30/10/2015 11:39

    tanx for d information

  • Genevieve siame - 04/11/2015 14:32

    Please me n my partner have been try to have a baby for the past 3years now but no avail, we did some txd n we were told everything is fine, pls help us

  • Rinibeth - 10/11/2015 09:34

    Hello please i have been on pregnacare conception and folic acid over four months, I had my period between 3rd October to 6th october then again on 29th October to 1st November. I had sex from 29th October to 4th November. Is it possible I'll get pregnant?

  • Crivers - 03/01/2016 08:59

    Please help. I had my period on the 20 of November. It ended on the 25. Usually I have about 28 to 31 day between my periods. I had sex on the 27 of November, two days after my period ended, but I haven't had sex since. We used protection but I am not on the pill. Please help. What is he chance that I could be pregnant? I am 16 days late for my period and I am freaking out.

    • Mother&Baby - 04/01/2016 17:17

      Hi, the best advice would be to do a pregnancy test, and go to see your doctor.

  • Sokhasl - 07/03/2017 03:09

    I'm trying to conceive more then 4 months after married but there is no shine of having a baby or even more. This is very hopeless for me :(

  • Jade1234 - 21/03/2017 16:57

    Hi, my period in Feb was on the 15th I had sex on the 7th of march. My period came on the 18th or so I thought but was light and only lasted 2 days is there a chance I could be?

  • Ann - 29/03/2017 21:09

    I had an unprotected sex on the 25th and 26th of march and my ovulation starts on the 27th of this month is there a tendency for pregnancy to take place.

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