Sexual Supplement

How does fertility work?

The average length of a woman's cycle is 28 days, but it is not uncommon for this to vary between 24 and 35 days depending on the individual.

The monthly cycle and becoming pregnant

However, by understanding exactly how conception works and its relation to the menstrual cycle, it can be possible for prospective parents to increase their chances of having a child - and there are also numerous treatments available for the same purpose.

By timing their attempts to get pregnant in line with the point of their cycle that they're at, women can increase the likelihood of their egg being fertilised during sexual intercourse.

At the time of the month that a woman's ovary releases an egg, the womb lining thickens to prepare for the potential that it will be needed to harbour a fertilised egg.