Fertility 101: Do You Know Your Fertile Window?

intimate around five days or sooner before ovulation begins, you still have a chance of conception at prime time. Depending on your cycle, this can take place about two weeks before your next period, so plan accordingly!

Contrary to what your birth control pills may make it seem, your cycle actually starts on the day your period begins each month. The average cycle lasts 28 days and ends the day before your period starts again. Ovulation on this typical cycle would usually occur on the fourteenth day of your cycle, making you the most fertile on the twelfth through the fourteenth day.

However, some women can have cycles as short as 21 days and as long as 35. This means ovulation could occur on day seven or even day 21!

Tracking your symptoms, especially your discharge, throughout the month will give you a better idea of when your fertile window occurs. Look for discharge that is clear and that has an egg-white consistency or try an ovulation predictor kit from the drugstore.

Since our menstrual cycles are easily thrown off by stress, weight loss or gain, and other