OB/GYN, obstetrics, gynecology

Trying to get pregnant? Learn when the time is right

When you’re trying to get pregnant, the top question you and your partner face is when is the best time?

The answer depends on your menstrual cycle. Pregnancy is technically only possible during the five days before ovulation through the day of ovulation. Ovulation happens about two weeks before your next expected period. So if your average menstrual cycle is 28 days, you ovulate around day 14.

The six days leading to ovulation are the “fertile window” in your cycle.

At Signature Medical Group, our OB/GYN specialists will answer all your questions about fertility and pregnancy. We also take care of your many other healthcare needs. Our practices are designed to cover all stages of your life, beginning as a teenager and through menopause. The 3,000 babies we deliver a year is a testament to the trust our patients put in us.

If you have sexual intercourse six or more days before you ovulate, the chance you will get pregnant is virtually zero. If you have sex five days before you ovulate, your probability of pregnancy is about 10 percent. The probability of pregnancy rises steadily until the two days before and including the day you ovulate.

At the end of your fertile window, the probability of pregnancy declines rapidly and by 12 to 24 hours after you ovulate, you are no longer able to get pregnant during that cycle.

If you and your partner are actively trying to grow your family and are not aware of your fertile window or ovulations, try having sex every two to three days. This will increase your chance of pregnancy.

We congratulate you as you begin a new chapter of your life and continue as “mom.” Our OB/GYNs in St. Louis, Kansas City and Bolivar, Mo., are always here for your questions about fertility and more. We make it easy for you with convenient locations. You can see us throughout the day, including after work and during lunch.

Why wait? Make an appointment today to see one or our OB/GYNs.