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How Does My Menstrual Cycle Work?

How Does My Menstrual Cycle Work?

Your menstrual cycle determines when you can conceive. The opportunity comes around roughly once a month for several days. This happens when you ovulate. At ovulation, your body releases an egg and the journey begins.

Saturday, November 5th, 2016


Getting pregnant… the basics.


For you to conceive, two things have to happen:

  • Ovulation: Your ovary releases an egg mid cycle – around day 15 of a 28-day menstrual cycle. (The day is counted from the day your period starts.)
  • Fertilisation: For 12 to 48 hours after its release, the egg can be fertilised by sperm. This is when you are at your most fertile.

The hotspot: mid cycle

You are most likely to conceive mid cycle. Timing depends on your cycle length, which varies from woman to woman. A normal cycle can be anything from 23 to 35 days.


When are you fertile?


If you have a 28-day cycle, it works like this.

  • Day 1: Your period starts day 1
  • Mid cycle: You ovulate around day 15

Hotspot: You’re most likely to conceive if you have sex in the two or three days leading up to ovulation and the day following ovulation. Days 12-16

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