Whether you’re actively trying to conceive or using a form of contraception, it’s helpful for all women to understand their cycle and the window of time that they’re able to get pregnant.

Is there a best time to get pregnant?
Everyone’s menstrual cycle is different but you are most likely to get pregnant if you have sex within a day or so of ovulation. When you ovulate, your ovary releases a ripe egg into the fallopian tube that’s ready to be fertilized by a sperm. That egg has only 12 to 24 hours to meet that sperm. Luckily, sperm sticks around in the fallopian tubes for longer and up to several days. That means that while it’s ideal to have sex on the day you ovulate, you may also get pregnant if you do the deed a few days before ovulation. Viable sperm should still be in your fallopian tubes when that egg arrives.

When do you ovulate?
Once you know how long your cycle is, you can calculate what day you’ll likely be ovulating. If you’re someone who has regular monthly cycles, lasting 28 days on average, then you can expect to be ovulating around day 14, give or take a few days.

Have frequent sex
If you want to get pregnant, having sex every 2 to 3 days throughout the month will give you the best chance.

You don’t need to time having sex only around ovulation.