When should I try to conceive?
The ideal time to conceive is as near as possible to the time of ovulation (when the egg is released from the ovary). Sperm can live inside the uterus for up to seven days, but the egg is only present for 12 to 24 hours. To increase the likelihood of conception, a woman should ideally have intercourse one or two days prior to ovulation. Working out exactly when this 'window' is can be difficult, so we've provided this calculator to help.
Does that mean I can’t get pregnant at other times?
Ovulation is the ideal time for conception, but doesn’t rule out the possibility of a woman becoming pregnant at other stages of their cycle. Appropriate contraceptive precautions should always be taken if you are not trying to conceive.
What should I do if I can’t conceive naturally?
Your doctor or health care professional can advise you on the options available to women for alternate methods of conception.