Pregnancy is an exciting time, and new parents often wonder when exactly their little one was conceived. Although the exact date of conception is often difficult to determine, it is possible to calculate a range of possible dates.
Things You'll Need
- Piece of paper
- Writing Utensil
Think back to your last menstrual cycle. If possible, take a look at a calendar or daily planner to refresh your memory. Record the first day of your period on a piece of paper. Let's say, for example, that the first day was August 3.
Add on 11 days to this date. In our example, 11 days after August 3 would be August 14. Record this date.
Now add 21 days to the first day of your menstrual period. Again, in our case this would be August 24th. Record this date.
The last two numbers you recorded indicate the range of possible dates that you could have conceived. Normally, ovulation takes place around 11 to 21 days after the first day of your period. So, in the case of our example, the conception date could have been anywhere from August 14th to August 24th.
Refer to your calendar or planner if you aren't happy with an 11 day range. Try to figure out which days you and your partner were most likely to have had intercourse. This may help you to limit the time frame. If you were intimate with your partner every day, however, you're out of luck.
Tips & Warnings
- If there were many days on which you and your partner were intimate, try to think back to any days that you had thicker vaginal discharge than you normally do. During ovulation, the female body produces this discharge to lubricate the vagina and increase the lifespan of sperm.
- For most women, ovulation takes place between 14 and 17 days after the first day of the menstrual cycle. If your periods are regular, then this time frame is probable.
- Determining the exact date of conception is tricky, and often an exact date cannot be provided.
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