When it comes to getting pregnant, timing matters. While the movies (and your sex education at school) might suggest that you’d conceive the first time you have sex without using birth control, it can actually be a little bit more difficult. So, when is the best time to get pregnant?
Research has shown that around 85% of couples will conceive within their first year of trying. And if you want to have a baby, you’re probably curious about how to increase your chances of conceiving sooner.
You can do this by better understanding your cycle as a whole — from when your next period is due to when an egg will likely be released for fertilization (also known as ovulation) — by using an app like Flo and getting guidance from your health care provider. Here, two Flo medical board experts explain when the best time to have sex to get pregnant is, how to work out your fertile days, and why a sex schedule might not be the worst idea in the world.