Sex has to occur either on the day of ovulation (when the ripened egg is released from the ovary) or a few days before (sperm can live in the female reproductive tract for several days0. So the goal is to pinpoint your most fertile days and time your sex accordingly. All of these methods will help you identify the most fertile phase in your cycle. And once you figure out when, well… we can think you know what to do from there!
Chart Your Cycle
If your cycle is fairly regular, you can try to predict ovulation by recording the length of your menstrual cycle for a couple of months to get a more accurate picture. If you have a very regular cycle, you will likely ovulate sometime between 12 to 16 days before the start of your next period. But keep in mind that the actual day you ovulate can still vary by several days between cycles.
Check Your Cervical Mucus
During your cycle, the type and amount of cervical mucus -- a secretion made by glands in your cervix – changes. It can be sticky or stretchy, white or cloudy. Taking note of these changes can help you predict when you’ll ovulate Your most fertile days? When your cervical fluid is slipper, thin and clear – almost like an egg white. Keep in mind that it may take time to learn how to “read” the changes, and your cervical mucus can be influenced by other factors, including intercourse, infections and other medications.
Use a Fertility Monitor
An easy way to track your fertility: Pick up a fertility monitor at the drugstore. Use the test sticks to collect hormones from your urine – the monitor will interpret changes in your hormones and let you know if your fertile status will be low, high or peak for the next 24 hours. You can start using the monitor on your first day of your next period (but not before).