Trying to figure out when you’re ovulating so you know the best time to get close to your man? The important thing to remember is not to pile too much pressure on yourself when you’re trying to conceive. This is supposed to be an exciting time for both of you, but it can become very stressful. You don’t want your sex life to become a chore!

There are a few ways for you to be able to keep track of your ‘fertile window’. You ovulate around the middle of your cycle, so for a 28-day cycle, it’s around Day 14 (Day 1 being the first day of your last period). If you have an irregular cycle, this can make things a bit harder...

Your fertile window is the days leading up to ovulation. Sperm can live up to 7 days in your uterus, so it is better to try and have lots of sex in the days leading up to ovulation, rather than try and time sex for the day of ovulation.

The signs of ovulation include:
• Changes in vaginal discharge (your cervical mucus becomes clear, slippery and stretchy, much like an egg white, around the time of ovulation)
• Some women have small sharp pains in their hips or lower back
• It’s also normal to feel sexy, flirty and more sociable around this time

To increase your chances of conceiving, it’s best to have regular sex throughout your cycle - try not to get bunkered down about your fertile window and just have fun. Making love when your cervical mucus is wet and slippery will help as well because it nourishes and protects the sperm as it travels towards your fallopian tubes. And you’ll be happy to know the odds are with you!

Good Luck!
- Coral