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How to Conceive

If you’re trying to get pregnant, then you might be surprised to find it’s more of a challenge than you were expecting. Conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome can make it harder to conceive successfully, but even without medically diagnosable challenges like PCOS you may still find you’re waiting longer than you’d like to begin your pregnancy journey.

Fortunately, OvuSense is here with a few important tips to help you in your quest to conceive and start your own family!

When You Can Conceive

It might come as a surprise to learn that there are only a few days in each menstrual cycle in which intercourse can actually result in pregnancy. Learning when you’re fertile is one of the most important things you can do to help yourself conceive – and make sure you get pregnant when you want to be.

The Menstrual Cycle

The first half of your menstrual cycle is all about building up to ovulation – your ovaries select and mature up to 20 eggs in small, fluid filled sacs called follicles. Eventually one is clearly the healthiest and the others are painlessly reabsorbed by the body, while a surge of the ‘Luteinising Hormone’ spurs your ovaries to eject the mature egg into your fallopian tubes.

This egg remains fertile for up to 24 hours, so if it encounters sperm in this time, there’s a chance of conception occurring and the egg can go on to develop into a foetus and eventually a baby! Sperm themselves can survive in the body for up to five days, so this gives you a window of five to six days when you could conceive!

Improving Your Chances

The first and perhaps most important thing you can do to improve your chances of conceiving when you want to is to identify and predict when you’re due to ovulate each month. If you know when you’re ovulating, or better yet, know when you’re going to ovulate, you can focus your attempts to conceive in the ‘fertile window’ – that time when you have the best chance of actually getting pregnant!

One of the best ways to detect and anticipate ovulation is to measure your basal body temperature: your BBT is the minimum your core temperature falls to when it’s at rest during a long night of sleep. Fluctuations to this bare minimum temperature can signal when ovulation is due: many people experience a temperature dip prior to ovulation, followed by a rise in the three days following.

OvuSense’s sensor provides you with accurate readings, and the computational assistance of our algorithm can tell you when you’re due to ovulate a day in advance, which could be just the help you need when you’re trying to conceive.