It is a common myth that you can't get pregnant the first time you have unprotected sex. This is simply not true. There is always a possibility that you will get pregnant if you have unprotected sex — even the very first time. If you are having unprotected sex and don't want to get pregnant, you will need to choose a method of contraception that will suit you.
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Health Check: how to get pregnant
Ovulation is the name of the process that happens usually once in every menstrual cycle, when hormone changes trigger an ovary to release an egg. In this article, we look more closely at this process and explain how you use this knowledge to help you to become pregnant. Ovulation is the name of the process that happens usually once in every menstrual cycle when hormone changes trigger an ovary to release an egg. You can only become pregnant if a sperm fertilizes an egg. Ovulation usually happens 12 to 16 days before your next period starts. The eggs are contained in your ovaries. During the first part of each menstrual cycle, one of the eggs is being grown and matured.
Conceiving a baby is the dream of most women. But what are good predictors when conception can actually happen? When exactly are you fertile? Above all else, getting pregnant is a question of proper timing: a woman can only get pregnant around the time of ovulation.
Karin Hammarberg does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Republish our articles for free, online or in print, under Creative Commons licence. For couples trying to conceive, the chance of this happening within a year depends on their age. The age of the father-to-be matters too.