Your ovulation guide

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Ovulation - woman checking her diary to see when she ovulates
The decision to have a baby is one of the biggest you'll ever make, and after making that step you'll want things to go as smoothly as possible.

Understanding your ovulation cycle is the first thing to get your head round. Use our ovulation calculator to work out when you're ovulating. Then read the 11 things about ovulation every woman needs to know.

Read through our step-by-step guide to getting pregnant, but first take note of our fertility facts.

Fertility facts

  • The average age for having a first baby in the UK is now 30.
  • A woman in her early 20s has double the chance of getting pregnant compared to a woman in her 30s.
  • 1 in 7 couples do not conceive within a year of trying. More than half of these couples will conceive over the next year, without any treatment.
  • The quantity and quality of your eggs decline with age. Women in their 20s generally have good quality eggs, but after 35 years the quality decreases.
  • Every baby girl is born with all her eggs intact in her ovaries, around 300,000 to 400,000. When she reaches puberty an egg will be released each month.

How fertile are you? Take our fertility quiz
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hi iv bin trying for a baby for at least over a year im only 20 do you think ther is something worng my periods are regular but nothing has happend

Diane sinclair

i already have 2 children but really want another one. my periods are regular, they come between the 3rd and 4th week from the start of my last one, but only last a day or 2. can this affect my chances of conceiving? also my husband did quite a lot of drugs in his youth, will that cause problems too?


hello, i try to know when am ovulating but i can't,am looking for baby boy i need help to knowhow i work for that.

chantell pasher

i am trying to have a babie and i am having truble with my ovulation i can not get it to come out right for me i would like to find out how to make it work for me will u please help me...thank you




hi im 32 and trying to conceive my 3rd child after having the contraceptive injection having not had the injection since july and still not having regular periods im wondering how long it is all going to take


how do i read my cycle is it from the first day of mensration or the last day

joanne richardson

i start with pain in my right lower abdomen from about the 12,13,14,15, day of my circle and get constipated could this be normal,need some advice


i a have dificiltys to get pregnant, for 12 yaers the doctors say that everyting its o.k i had 2 ectopik pregnancys. what do you think i should?


my periods r at difrent dates ow do i no im ovulating????????????????

jacqueline herron

been trying for a baby for 4 yrs i had 2 misscarries i had to give birth this year afr easter found out it was a little girl we would like to try for another baby my son whos 8 its very hard don kow why things happen


i have 2 children and have been trying to get pregnant since jan o7 my periods are short and painful can you give me any advise.


hi im 33 have pcos and long for another child. i found out i have pcos 5 years ago when trying for my son. i was told i wasnt ovulating. and was given clomid to start. with luck i didnt need to take then as i fell with out at that time i didnt have ant signs of ovulating.. and now im trying again i still dont have ant signs. could i still become pregnant with out these signs. many thanks p baldwin

Paul Jackson

Does a whoman ovulate every month?


i gave you thanks for your news letter.I got so many interestig advises so keet it over thanks


sometimes my periods are irregular when do i kno when im ovulating?


Hi am having issues calculating my ovulation,my period was on the1st of august stoped on the 4th,i have 24days circle when is my exact ovulation day and when can I have intercourse to get a boy


I've been trying for 28 months to fall pregnant I have periods every month sometimes 21 days 25 days 26 days or 28 days they come I no my ovulation days but still nothing not once have I so much fallen pregnant is there definitely something wrong? Any useful tips? I am aged 19


Oooh!! Sorry, you don't have to have sex everytime. This gonna help to strength the sperms from your boy. Try to jump days when having sex during Ovolution period and this is going to make strong all the weakest "Y" from your boy. A good advice is to make sure you do a sex while targeting the Ovolution period. Me and my girl friend waited for an year and a half till she conceive. As a good friend of me (a doctor) gave an advice of jumping a day during ovolution so as to make my sperms more stronger to reach the an egg


I think you need to try and spell a little better and grow up before having a child. As a mother you can't afford to be having "STDs". It's simply irresponsible. Please learn to spell for the sake of your child.

Jasmin M,20

Hello ladies, my name is Jasmin and I am 20 years old. I've been trying to conceive for almost over a year now. Nothing is happening! :( I have my period every month but the dates are not the same. Me and my partner are worried that something might be wrong with either myself or him. I've been to the doctors and they told me to give it 18 months before they can do tests. And that I should have sex as many times as I can a day everyday...still not working :/


Hi , I am 32 and I have a boy which is 13 yrs old . In the last over 2 years I tried to get pregnant and nothing happened :( . Today my partner just told me that I am not capable which really hurts :(( . I wonder why is this ? Why can't I get pregnant any more . P.S. I forgot to add that when I was 20 I had a coil for about 2-3 months ...don't think this is the reason tho cause after I had it out I felt pregnant and in that time I had an abortion :( . May I get some advice and help please??? Many thanks


i came off the pill the end of june and had the normal withdrawl bleed and then the begining of this month august had a bleed for 4 days but i am not sure weather this is my real period?


ive been trying to concieve now for 4-5 months now and just found out i am pregnant. Just wanted to let people know who are trying to concieve that you will in time. I was doing everything too and thought i would get pregnant straight away but i didnt and when i seemed to not stress about it then i get a positive trust me dont think about getting pregnant and you soon will good luck.xx


TO CONCEIVE A BOY....Have intercourse extremely close to ovulation. This means no more than 24 hours before and no more than 12 hours past. By doing this you can help the aggressive y chromosomes get closer to the cervix and increase the chance of having a baby boy.


hi there my name is emma and im 20 years old, ive been trying for a baby now for 8 months, ive been doing everything that people have advised me and im having sex when i ovulate and im talking folic acid so what am i doing wrong, i am really starting to worry i have no health problems so what could it be? please help me, its very scary to think i could be infertile at age 20, thanks please post bk x


When i trying plan a baby with my fiance so whats wrong with my eggs? My fiance said me whats wrong with ur eggs, i said i dont know why..I will see doctor and how i get pregnant. I been two Ovulating test so they not ready..

Beth Williams

Hi Im 41 had a miscarrage last october at 9weeks Iv been trying to get pregnant ever since but no luck. My periods are regular but heavy. I even use the ovulation Calender but still no luck any advice please. :-(

charlotte m 19

very long sorry but may help A woman has a fertile time lasting about two days in the middle of her monthly menstrual cycle. The fertile time starts when the woman ovulates (produces an egg) and ends about two days later. The most likely way to get pregnant is to have sex in this fertile time or up to two days before it. But the problem is accurately identifying this fertile time as it varies from woman to woman and also in individuals. It usually happens about two weeks before the period, but it could be earlier or later. If you want to get pregnant, there are two ways to time sex to coincide with the fertile time. One way is to have sex every day. If you are too tired for this, take your temperature every morning at the same time before you get out of bed and record it carefully. While your temperature will vary slightly from day to day, it will rise sharply by about 0.2 degrees C and stay up at the time of ovulation. That's the time. Enjoy two days of frantic sex. Some women can also feel the time of ovulation by a change in the way they feel inside, or by bleeding slightly. This method is often advocated as a contraceptive-free way of actually avoiding getting pregnant, but it is not reliable enough. There are many other reasons why your temperature might rise, leading to the impression that three days later you are safe. You can't really rely on using this knowledge as a foolproof method of contraception, as it is too hard to tell exactly when ovulation occurs. Interesting to note that the texture of vaginal mucus also changes during the fertile period and many women feel higher libido at this time as well. Oh, and if the woman puts a pillow under her hips during intercourse it increases penetration and hence improves the chance of conception! Which brings us nicely on to the fact that...... Women Need Orgasms! According to an interesting TV documentary on sex recently, fertility is increased when the woman has an orgasm during or after the man. A man, while ejaculating, deposits a pool of semen at the back of the woman's vagina. When a woman orgasms, her cervix pushes forward - dipping itself into this pool several times. The likelihood of sperm entering the uterus through the cervix is therefore increased greatly when the woman orgasms. So, although you don't need an orgasm to get pregnant, it certainly helps, and it makes things a bit more fun, too. Anyway, there are other ways to get pregnant. Artificial insemination involves the relatively unromantic injection of semen into the woman's vagina. Sometimes this semen was previously frozen by anonymous donors - who typically were paid for their contribution. This allows a single mother (or a lesbian couple) to give birth without the necessity of recognizing a legal father. Occasionally, a man will freeze his own sperm before undergoing a fertility-busting medical treatment like chemotherapy and will re-use it for procreative purposes later. It is also possible for a woman to have fertilized eggs from her own ovaries or from a female donor implanted in her uterus. This involves costly surgery, and so is typically only done when the woman has already exhausted other fertility treatments. In the most extreme cases, a fertilized egg will be forced to divide several times before the multiple eggs are implanted in the potential mother. This extremely expensive method often results in multiple births.

charlotte m 19

hello girls im charlotte age 19 20 in may i to am having a lot of trubel geting pregnant agen my 1st was a miscarriage at 6weeks god it kild me be for that me and my partner wer trying for a baby it ternd out i had an std witch that stopt me from geting pregnant so we tryd agen got no wer in the end i gave up set my mind on ather things then i got pregnats in april had miscarriage in march at 6weeks now still til this day stil trying so then i thor to my sen its happenin agen im trying so hard geting my sen down every time i get a pg what im tryin to say is keep trying yes do but stop doing it to hard stop thing about it put ya mind somwer els try not to think about it i no thats hard wen u wont somthing so bad but it helpt me sounds sad but it did but i do hop for the best for all ov u and hop u all becom mums in good time all my best xx


i had a eptopic how do i no when im ovulating


I am trying to get pregnant for the past 8 months but it would not work. My partner is getting fedup with me. I am also worried. I am not familiar with my ovulation. I need your help.

lin martin

i was on depo shot in october 2004 came of it in 2007 november and been on pregnacareplus since then and been having irregular periods. i became pregnant in january 2009 and had miscarriage in march 2009 since then am trying to get pregnant but is not happening i have one son from previouse relationship and he is 5yrs now. am about to get married very soon and i have been with my boy friend almost 4yrs now. i have been to see my doctor and he conduct series of test but everything is normal. pls help me as am really worried.


hi I would like to know if there is any way i can get ababy boy i have 2 beatiful girls so i would love to have abrother for my girls.

Arianne about 2 months

i gave birth two months ago..i had ovulate last two weeks and i had sex last time without any protection. could i be get pregnant?

sian-louise newton

my daughter has just gne 2 in may. my periods are irregular and i lost a baby april last year how do i know if i can get pregnant after my loss as ive been trying for a month ans still havnt concieved??


I am just wondering i am trying for a baby at the moment and it just isnt happening i have no idea when i ovulate so should i just do it every 2nd day of the month and see what happens.......i have a 5 year old son but would love a bubby girl...please help


I delievered a baby boy last year in august, but the baby died and i have been trying to get pregnant again for the past eight months.and again i have been having pains in stomach anytime it is getting close to m y period with heavy flow pls can u tell me what is wrong with me


i have been trying for a baby for 14 months now,me and partner are healthy,ive recently taken two test which say negative as i am 2 months late with my period,im at a loose end and dont know what todo next,help!


i have realy irregular periods i can go for 3 moths with out onw. we have been tryin for a baby for 4 years now and nothing is happening. i have had test and they come back normal and yes he is fine i know that its me as pass partners have kids and i never got pregnat with them. im realy at a lose end now can any one please help me?

stacay worral

Hi i was wonderin if you can help me i'm 19 nearly 20 and me and my partner have been trying for a baby for three years now but still no luck cn you help me please i am worried somethink might be wrong with me and i went to the doctors and i explained to them but they won't help me and they said that i'm to young to be worrying about that please say that you can help me thanks

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