When Are You Most Fertile?

23rd March 2022

Whether you are trying to conceive or whether you are trying to avoid a potential slip up, knowing when you are most fertile is something many women and even men actively should be aware of.

Discussing fertility can almost seem taboo, and for many people simply asking ‘when are you most fertile’ can be embarrassing. We don’t believe this should be the case. There are many different factors that affect potential fertility windows, as well as some sure-fire facts you need to know to give you all the information you need to plan your sex lives accordingly. In this article we will discuss how to know when you are most fertile, delving into the cycle which the female body follows, as well as how to test your own fertility. We will also provide advice and information on how to boost your fertility to give you the best chance of successful conception.

When are women most fertile?

So when are you most fertile? And what is the cycle that your body takes? A woman's average menstrual cycle will be between 28 to 32 days. As mentioned in countless sex education classes in schools across the country, the menstrual cycle begins on the first day of the woman’s period. The entire process of the menstrual cycle is also known as the ovulation cycle. 

As mentioned, the beginning of the period is also the first day of the ovulation cycle. This will roughly last for around five days, although some people may experience shorter or longer periods. Periods can also vary person-to-person for factors such as blood flow, and ailments such as cramping. 

Following the period, the body will enter what is known as the follicular phase. During this stage, the body prepares the egg for pre-fertilization, which is the process of unprotected penetrative sex. From around the 12th day of the ovulation cycle, the body enters its fertile period. This is the time when a woman would be most fertile and is the best time to have unprotected sex if you are trying for a baby. The fertile window will last for around four to six days, with the 14th day of the ovulation cycle being the time when the egg is most likely to be fertilized by a sperm cell. Again, all human bodies will behave differently. Some may be easier to predict, whereas others may be more difficult. Once you understand your body and how it works, it can become easier to plan your sexual activity around your most fertile days. 

The period of time following the most fertile days is known as the luteal phase. If you are not pregnant following the fertile days, your body will begin to prepare for your next period. Your body will begin to produce more estrogen, causing the lining of the uterus to thicken. This phase will last for around 12-14 days and will culminate in the start of a period, when the entire cycle begins again. It is important to note that the ovulation dates will vary based on the length of each period's cycle.

How to check fertility

There are many different methods that you can use to check your fertility. For example, there are a few ways to check when you are most fertile, and other methods that can test overall fertility. One of the best ways to check your fertility is by using Babystart fertility tests. At UK Meds we provide two Babystart fertility tests, both of which monitor different things within the female body. 

The Babystart FertilTime Ovulation Test has been designed to test the levels of Luteinising Hormone (LH) in the body. Prior to ovulation, the body will produce much more LH than usual, which is a signal to the test that ovulation is about to begin. The packet will provide you with a table to make sure that you are taking the test on an optimum day, and the results will show you the two days where you will be the most fertile, giving you chance to plan ahead. These tests are simple and easy to use and provide results that are 99% accurate. The pack that we provide even includes five tests so you can continue to test in the future.

The other Babystart product that we provide to check fertility is called the Babystart FertilCheck Female Fertility Test. This product measures the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) in female urine. FSH is a signal that the body may have a low fertility rate. This test is also 99% accurate and is best to be used during your first toilet break of the day, as this is when your body produces the highest level of FSH in urine. This test is used to check whether or not the user has a reduced ovary reserve, a factor that can highlight whether or not the user will find it harder to get pregnant. This test can be taken at any time and is not linked to ovulation tracking.

These tests can help women to learn more about when they are most fertile, and whether they are fertile or not; but what about men? When are men most fertile, and how can men check their fertility? 

We’ve got you covered. Babystart also provides a test for men to check their fertility. The Babystart FertilCount2 Male Fertility Test simply stains living sperm cells blue; the darker the colour, the higher the concentration of sperm and the more fertile you will be. This test should be taken three days after you last ejaculated, and it is important to stress that a negative result is not an indication of infertility. Sperm count is variable and can be affected by multiple factors. A low sperm count can even be remedied by simple changes to lifestyle such as diet and exercise routines.

Can you boost fertility?

Is there anything you can do if your fertility test gives you the opposite result to what you were hoping for? Thankfully there is. On average, one in seven couples in the UK may struggle to conceive, which may lead to both men and women turning their attention towards possible fertility boosters. 

Previously we have covered ways in which you can boost both the quality of a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm, as well as outlining five factors that could be potentially affecting your fertility. For other external help, Babystart have got you covered. Babystart provides top of the range, state-of-the-art supplements that help to boost fertility. These are also available to purchase from UK Meds. The range of supplements have been designed to support both men and women’s overall health, whilst providing essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are known to have a direct link to fertility.

Knowing when you are most fertile provides you with the platform you need to adapt your sex lives to give you the best chance of conception. The road may seem long, and there may be twists and turns along the way, but once you get a better understanding of your body and how it works you will be well on your way to a healthier and more fulfilling life.