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Conception Calculators, Tips And Tools To Help You Get Pregnant

Dr TC Tan | Published on February 15, 2023

When you are trying to conceive, you want to maximise your chances of getting pregnant. That means determining the so-called “fertile window”, i.e. the period when you are most fertile, so that the sperm can encounter the egg and fertilisation can occur.

How To Use A Conception Calculator

To use a conception calculator, start by noting the first day of your last period. Then work out the average length of your menstrual cycle. The average menstrual cycle is 28 days, but it is different for everyone and can range in length from 22 to 36 days. In the middle of this cycle falls your ovulation date, which is when the egg is released from your ovary — ready to be fertilised by a sperm cell. And remember that sperm can survive around 2 to 3 days in the female reproductive system.

Once you know the first day of your last period and the length of your menstrual cycle, you can use one of those online ovulation calculators to find out the dates that will give you the best chances of conception.

Notice How Your Body Changes Leading Up To Ovulation

After finding out when you are most fertile, it is important to pay attention to the changes your body goes through as you approach your ovulation.

As your body prepares for ovulation, the womb produces thin cervical mucus, which is meant to help sperm cells travel towards the egg. Your body’s oestrogen levels also rise at this time, and your breasts may feel sore or tender. You may also notice changes in your body temperature from day to day, reflecting your fluctuating hormone levels.

What To Do Leading Up To Your Fertile Window

You can also use an ovulation test kit — a device that can accurately predict the most fertile days of your cycle by testing your urine for a sharp increase in some female hormones. Dr Tan Thiam Chye, an obstetrician and gynaecologist says, “There are many ovulation test kits in the market. You can use these to test your urine every day, and 24 hours before you ovulate, you will have a hormonal surge, which can be picked up by the ovulation test kit. 

This will be your best chance! All the best!”

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