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Understanding Ovulation

Ovulation is your window of opportunity for conception. It's the once-monthly release of an egg from your ovary, and the best time to try and make a baby. The tricky part is that ovulation can vary from month to month (even in the same woman), making it hard to predict.

Every woman is unique and your cycle may vary in length and can be different from month to month. By tracking your cycle you can better understand when you will be in the ovulation period, and are more likely to conceive.

Download a free copy of the Maybe Baby Fertility Chart print and easily record your daily readings.

The diagram below shows a typical 28 day cycle. 

If you have a regular cycle you can use the table below as a guide to identify when you are most likely to ovulate. This is a general guide only and some women find that they ovulate earlier or later than this period.

For those women with a regular cycle, an easy way to approximate the ovulation period is to subtract 16 from the number of days in your cycle and then add 4. For example, if you have a 28 day cycle, 28 – 16 = 12 (+ 4 = 16), Therefore you are most likely to ovulate between days 12 and 16 of your cycle.

Maybe Baby Easy Ovulation Tester will help you identify your ovulation period as distinctive ‘fern’ patterns will be seen.

Timing intercourse

Sperm can survive in the womb for 3 days or more. If you have intercourse up to 3 days before ovulation, those sperm can still be viable and capable of fertilising the egg.  The egg can survive for up to 24 hours.  Therefore, for most people, the optimal days for having intercourse are: 

  • the 3 days prior to ovulation,
  • the day of ovulation,
  • up to 1 day after ovulation.

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