Conception: Timing is Everything

In many situations in life, timing is everything. For example, spend enough time at an airport and you might catch a glimpse of a celebrity touching down in their hometown for some rest and relaxation. Similarly, trying to conceive a child is all about timing. Randomly making love might be great fun for you and your partner, but the chances of adding to your family will be greatly improved if you know exactly “when” the timing is right.

If you and your partner have so fair failed in your quest for conception, you might need a little lesson in both fertility and punctuality. To do this, you firstly need to understand the most important factor in a woman’s fertility, her menstrual cycle. To increase your chances of falling pregnant you need to follow a woman’s monthly cycle very carefully. A solid understanding of how the cycle works will help you understand how to track your fertility more precisely.

A woman’s menstrual cycle begins every month on the first day of menstruation and lasts, on average, for 28 days. Ovulation generally occurs on or around the 14th day of the cycle.  Ovulation is essential to healthy conception and a woman’s fertility. It makes sense, therefore for a woman to track her ovulation to help increase her chances of falling pregnant. Normally ovulation is something that occurs once every month. Thousands of eggs are stored in a woman’s ovaries and each month an egg is released from one of the ovaries, where it travels down through the fallopian tubes and into the uterus.

Conception occurs when a sperm manages to break through the thick barrier of the egg cell. This generally happens while the egg is in one of the fallopian tubes. Once inside the uterus, the egg attaches itself to the uterine wall and when this occurs, pregnancy has been achieved.

If, however, the sperm cannot break through this barrier and fertilize the egg, the lining of the uterus is shed, and this creates a clean environment for the next ovulation cycle. This process is the menstrual period.

The entire process of egg fertilization, ovulation and menstruation is quite detailed. A solid understanding of how the monthly menstrual cycle works will help you understand how to track your fertility more precisely and successfully conceive during ovulation.

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