Typically, a woman will ovulate between day 11 and day 21 during their cycle. However, ovulation can be calculated more precisely by beginning your count on final day of your last menstrual period by subtracting 12-16 days from the start date of your next period.
Tracking your cycle will also help you determine the best chances of conceiving if you happen to menstruate and ovulate at different day each month. However, if you track your cycle each month, you can easily determine when you have the most chances of conception.
Your Most “Fertile Time”
The period during which you ovulate is known as the “fertile time” of your cycle. If you have sexual intercourse during this time, your chances of conceiving will increase dramatically.
The average egg lives in a women’s body for between 12 and 24 hours prior to exiting an ovary. Normally, only one egg per ovulation period is released. This 12 to 24-hour window will offer the best chances of becoming pregnant.
For some women, ovulation can be physically felt with tinges of pain in the ovarian region. Light spotting may also occur during ovulation and isn’t a cause for concern.
If an egg is released by the ovaries and you and your partner have sex, it will take, on average, between 6 and 12 days to become fertilized with healthy sperm following ovulation. The sure sign of successful fertilization is a missed period (particularly if you’re very regular). However, if the egg is not successfully fertilized, it will disintegrate, become absorbed into the lining of your uterus, and you will get your period.