Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Trying to conceive a baby? Here is some conception math that may increase your chances of success.
Most of us have spent the majority of our reproductive years trying NOT to get pregnant. When we begin our quest for parenthood, we discover conception requires precise timing that leaves a very small window of time for success. Regardless of the total length of a woman’s cycle, the egg lives an average of only 24 hours, but sometimes as long as 48 hours. This means conception can occur only one to two days out of every cycle! In numerical terms this means that during an average 28 day cycle a woman cannot conceive for 26 – 27 days of the cycle! So how in the world does anybody ever get pregnant?
This is where the life span of the sperm enters the equation. Sperm live an average of three days but up to as long as five days! Typically boy sperm swim faster but do not last long as compared to girl sperm which swim slower but last much longer. To increase your chances of conceiving a boy, it is said to be best to have intercourse as close to ovulation as possible – as early as 24 hours before but no later than 12 hours after ovulation. To increase your chances of conceiving a girl, it is said to be best to have intercourse two and a half to three days before ovulation occurs.
Regardless of gender, conception can occur from intercourse five days before ovulation and even two days after ovulation, giving you one week of major fertile time! Good luck to all those out there who are trying to put one and one together to make one!