If you're trying to get pregnant, waiting for it to happen can get frustrating. You can leave it to chance, but understanding ovulation and what you and your partner can do to maximize fertility makes a significant difference. Being aware of the factors that can reduce the chances of getting pregnant can also increase the likelihood that your family will grow in the near future.


1. Understanding Ovulation

Ovulation occurs when the ovary releases a mature egg. Knowing when you are ovulating is key to getting pregnant because there is only a 12- to 24-hour window when fertilization can occur. While sperm can live inside a woman's reproductive system for as many as five days, chances of pregnancy are higher the closer intercourse is to ovulation. A lot of people assume that ovulation takes place in the middle of a woman's cycle, but this isn't always the case, as ovulation may occur anywhere from day 6 to 21 even in women with a regular cycle. Every woman's body is unique.

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