Most pregnancies are achieved in the first 6 months after stopping contraception and starting regular sexual activity. Around 80% of couples become pregnant during this period. At the end of one year, about 85% of couples succeed in achieving pregnancy. In the next 3 years, about half of the couples become pregnant spontaneously. In the following years (after the 4th year), the rate of spontaneous pregnancy with regular unprotected intercourse is very low.
In order to answer the question “How to get pregnant?”, we first need to know our body well. The first condition for getting pregnant is to calculate the menstrual cycle and create an ovulation calendar to know when ovulation occurs. By nature, a woman is already in a cycle that tends to reproduce every month. All that needs to be done is to calculate the appropriate time for sperm and egg to meet and to modify the frequency and timing of sexual intercourse accordingly. It is recommended to have sexual intercourse 2-3 times a week (every other day) as soon as menstruation ends in order to achieve both good semen quality and fertile interval. Longer or more frequent sexual intercourse negatively affects sperm quality.
To get pregnant, your body needs to go through some preparations. Some women have a shorter menstrual cycle, others a longer one. It can last between 21 and 35 days, but on average it lasts 28 days in a healthy female body. In some women, the menstrual cycle can be irregular for life. Therefore, in order to conceive, the expectant mother needs to know how many days the average menstrual cycle lasts. If we consider that the average menstrual cycle is 28 days, the time when ovulation occurs falls on the 14th day of this cycle. The successful union of egg and sperm during the fertile period marks the beginning of pregnancy. Therefore, it is important to follow one’s menstrual cycle in detail and take notes on the ovulation calendar to calculate the ovulation period. Making predictions based on the symptoms that occur during ovulation can be misleading. Another method used to track ovulation and find the ideal time for pregnancy is the ovulation test. By measuring the level of luteinizing hormone (LH), which increases in urine within 24 to 36 hours before ovulation occurs, the test can determine the period of high fertility. A specialist physician can also be consulted for help in tracking the ovulation period. Roughly what you need to know when keeping an ovulation calendar;
Menstrual cycles may vary between women or within the same woman. If there are variable cycles, the average cycle length can be calculated. For example, if the cycle lengths are 28,32,27 days, 29+31+27=87, 87 days divided by 3, 29 days is the average cycle length of this patient.
To roughly calculate ovulation, it is important to know that ovulation occurs 14 days before menstruation.
For example, for a woman with a 28-day cycle, the day of ovulation is day 14, and her most productive period is days 12, 13, 14.
Or if there is a 21-day cycle, ovulation occurs on day 7 (21-14=7) and the productive period is days 5,6,7.
For women with very irregular periods, it is not easy to calculate the fertile period. In this case, it is recommended to be together every 2-3 days.
In conclusion, having sexual intercourse every month during ovulation increases the chances of conception. The ovulation phase is the most fertile phase. For this reason, it is necessary to adjust sexual intercourse according to the days of ovulation.