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Explaining the Fertile Window

Posted Tuesday, September 23, 2008 9:51 PM

The Fertility WindowFor anyone trying to become pregnant the one thing they should know about is the fertile window. The fertile window is the time during which a woman can get pregnant. This can vary to some degree each month. Generally speaking the fertile window for most women is about six days.

The male sperm has the ability to live for five days inside the reproductive system of a woman. During this time if the woman ovulates, the sperm can penetrate the egg and the couple becomes pregnant. Because the woman ovulates only one day per menstruation cycle, the fertile window is very small. There are ways to increase the chances of becoming pregnant by knowing when the fertile window is most likely to occur.

The best way to determine the fertile window is by tracking your ovulation periods. There are many ways to do this. You can keep a chart of body temperature throughout the month. The rise in temperature is the one sure way of knowing when your ovulation period is over. So by tracking your temperature every day for several months can show you when, during your menstruation cycle, you are ovulating.

There are other signs to watch for as well. The secretion of cervical fluids can indicate when you are ovulating. You will either notice no fluids, a thick white mucus, or a clear thin fluid. It is when the cervix is secreting the clear fluid that the fertile window is open the widest.

There are ovulation kits you can buy to help predict when you will be ovulating. These kits measure the amount of the luteinizing hormone (LH) in the body. The LH levels rise just before ovulation. This is the perfect opportunity to become pregnant because the fertile window is open.

By charting the fertile window a couple can start to increase their chances of conception. The best time to try to conceive is during the two days prior to the woman ovulating and the day of ovulation. This is the optimum fertile window. The sperm can last five days remember. So by having intercourse during this time the chances of becoming pregnant are pretty good.

There are times when a couple has tried to follow the charts. They are timing it so the fertile window should be open. Yet they fail to conceive. There can be many reasons for this. Stress levels can lower sperm count and affect egg production. Medications can affect ovulation as well as the health of the sperm. Just the effort to conceive can cause so much grief that some couples do fail to conceive during the fertile window.

Doctors may state to wait one year before seeking medical help to determine fertility problems. However, if you are sure that you are hitting the fertile window and still not becoming pregnant, you should seek medical advice. It may be just a simple problem with not recognizing the correct signs or misinterpreting the signs. There may be a medical condition which exists that can easily be rectified. Talk to the doctors.

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