When a couple is trying to conceive a child one of the most often asked questions is, “When are you most fertile?” This question of fertility applies to both men and women, and below is a quick guide to both female and male fertility.
Male fertility is still a fairly unknown world. However, male fertility is by far simpler than female. For the most part, factors that affect male fertility include age, sperm health, sperm count, stress levels, and physical activity. Younger men are more fertile than older, and active, healthy men are more fertile than their overworked or lazy counterparts. Male fertility is at its highest in the mid-twenties, especially in healthy, active males.
Female fertility takes a little more explaining. Like male fertility, age, health and physical activity are important, but even more important is the point in the menstrual cycle. In terms of age, a woman is most fertile between 21 and 26 years old. However, only about two to three days of each month during these years is a woman actually likely to conceive. The menstrual cycle exists to release an egg each month in hopes of it being fertilized and pregnancy occurring. When the ovaries release an egg it is only viable for about one day. However, sperm can live inside a woman for about five to six days. So, if a woman has sex a few days before she ovulates she is quite likely to conceive.
Knowing that a female is most fertile when she is ovulating is only helpful if you can identify when she is ovulating. In a twenty-eight day cycle, ovulation occurs around the thirteenth or fourteenth day of the cycle. Not every woman’s cycle is the same, so fertility days will vary. Knowledge of where in the cycle a woman is will help her estimate her most fertile days. If difficultly in conception has been occurring, a visit to a fertility doctor can help identify fertile days, and test for any hormonal imbalances that could be impending conception.
Conceiving and birthing a child is one of the most exciting and joyful times in a woman’s life. Knowledge about when she is most likely to conceive is a huge asset in her journey to motherhood. While male fertility is far simpler, knowledge about his fertility is equally essential to conception. Bringing a child into the world takes two, and with the knowledge above, the likelihood of success rises.