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A woman produces one egg each month. This egg is released from the ovary and collected by the fallopian tube. To conceive naturally, the egg needs to meet with sperm and be fertilised at this point. The fertilised embryo will then enter the uterus, and implant.

So to fall pregnant, the sperm needs to meet with the egg at a certain point in your cycle. Taking into account the lifespan of the sperm (five days) and the lifespan of the egg (24 hours).

If you want to conceive, you have to figure out when you will ovulate. Using an ovulation calculator, our fertility specialist in Kenya helps you to determine the dates you are most likely to be fertile.

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Understanding your most fertile time

What is a fertile window?

Your fertile window refers to the most fertile days in your menstrual cycle which give you the highest chance of conceiving. If you are trying to fall pregnant, the timing of when you and your partner have sex is critical.

Your fertile days are the five days before ovulation, through to the day of ovulation.

These six days are known as your ‘fertile window’, and are technically the only time in your cycle you can become pregnant.

Approaching the day of ovulation, your chances of conceiving increase. So if you have sex six or more days before you ovulate, it is very unlikely you would conceive.

The next day, your probability will have increased a little – to about ten per cent. And for the next few days, the chance will increase steadily, until the two days before ovulation, and the day of ovulation.

To work out your fertile window, you need to know your cycle length. This is calculated from day 1, being the first day of your period, until the next day 1. Once you know your cycle length, you can work out your likely ovulation day.

Ovulation day is 14 days before your expected period. In a 28 day cycle, this will be day 14 but in a 35 day cycle, ovulation day will be day 21. Now you can work out your fertile window because it will start 5 days before your ovulation day and finish the day after ovulation day.

If you have sex on any of these three days, your chance of pregnancy is about 30 per cent, in a normally fertile woman. Once you know your fertile window, you should have sex at least every two days during this time for the best chance of conception.

In the 12 to 24 hours following ovulation, your fertile window quickly closes and it becomes unlikely for you to fall pregnant during that cycle.

If you are not sure about when your fertile window is, we help you to track your cycle, and sometimes this is all that is needed for a couple to conceive naturally.

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When am I most fertile?

If you are trying to fall pregnant, the timing of when you and your partner have intercourse is important. The most fertile time in your cycle are the days leading up to ovulation, just before the egg is released from the ovary when the cervical mucus allows sperm to pass through the cervix and into the uterus and fallopian tubes.

Sperm has the ability to live for 2–3 days in the cervix, uterus and tubes awaiting arrival of the egg. The egg is able to be fertilized in the 24 hours after release from the ovary.

For a naturally conceived pregnancy to occur it requires normal egg production (ovulation) by the ovaries, normal healthy sperm both in structure (shape or morphology) and the ability to swim (motility), and normal fallopian tubes and uterus

During intercourse the sperm will make their way through the woman’s cervix into the uterus and then along the fallopian tubes. This is where the sperm will encounter an egg that has been released from the female ovary.

Conception starts at the moment of fertilisation when a sperm penetrates the outer shell of the egg and an embryo is subsequently formed.

Over the next four to six days the embryo moves down the fallopian tube to the uterus and implants in the lining of the uterus where it will hopefully continue to grow.

If  your periods are not regular, using our ovulation calculator gets a little harder. We recommend that you talk to our fertility specialist at Footsteps to Fertility Centre in Nairobi, Kenya about your periods if you have been trying for a while, just to be sure this is not affecting your fertility.

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