Knowing the signs of ovulation and using an ovulation calendar can help you to work out the best time to get pregnant. Once you can spot your ovulation symptoms and know your cycle, you will be able to identify the time when you're at your most fertile. This means that, when you're trying to get pregnant, you can concentrate your baby-making efforts on the days when the odds are in your favour.
How do you know when you are ovulating?
Use our quick and easy ovulation calculator tool below to find out the days each month that you are at your most fertile.
You don't need to know how to calculate ovulation – simply put in the date your last period started on, and the length of your menstrual cycle (this is the number of days from the start of one period to the day before the next one). The calendar below will then highlight the dates when you're most likely to conceive.
You're at your most fertile during the days leading up to ovulation, and on the day itself. To maximise your chances of conceiving, use our calculator to work out your most fertile dates over the next six months.
Enter the date your last period started
My Ovulation Calendar
First day of your period
Most fertile days
When do you ovulate?
Contrary to what some biology textbooks may tell you, most women do not ovulate like clockwork on day 14 of a 28 day cycle. Menstrual cycles can last between 24 and 35 days, and ovulation can happen anywhere between 10 and 16 days before your period begins.
If your periods are irregular (if your cycle varies in length each month, or is consistently shorter than 24 days or longer than 35 days) it might be a bit trickier to work out when you're ovulating – but it's not impossible!
Look out for signs of ovulation, such as changes to your body temperature, cervix and cervical mucus and how you feel in general. Keeping track of any changes throughout the month can help you recognise your own symptoms around ovulation and better understand the length of your cycle, and at which point you are most fertile.
Best time to get pregnant
It's recommended that, if you’re trying to get pregnant, you should be having sex throughout your cycle – every other day is the optimum. However, the best time to conceive is in the two days before ovulation (usually days 12 to 14) in preparation for the egg being released.
Before you start, find out how you can prepare your body and mind for conception, throughout the month, to improve your chances of getting pregnant at the prime time.