Can I get pregnant if my painful periods are not treated?. You mentioned that you have very painful periods and you're wondering if this can affect your ability to get pregnant. The two are separate issues and should be addressed separately by your doctor. As far as excessively painful periods go or maybe you're having a lot of bleeding with them, those are both good reasons to talk to your doctor and they can decide if anything needs to be done about it to help you through, especially if you're losing too much blood. Different things might have to be done for that. So a good conversation to have with your doctor. As far as it affecting fertility, excessively heavy periods or those that hurt a lot don't necessarily affect your ability to get pregnant. You're most fertile on six days of the month: five days leading up to ovulation and on the day of ovulation. That leads most women to ask "well, when do I ovulate?". You usually ovulate about 12-16 days before your next period is going to start. If you've been tracking your periods and you have regular cycles, let's say they're 28 days long on average. That means you're probably ovulating sometime around day 14 and the five days leading up to day 14. 9-14 days after you've started your period is when you're most fertile. So time intercourse with ovulation. If you don't want to think much about it, the whole timing aspect of things, then you can just start having intercourse every day or every other day from the time your period ends and do this for about a week and a half or so. This should help time things just right and increase your chances of getting pregnant. But if you've been trying to have a baby for a while, again, it would be best to talk to your doctor. Technically speaking, infertility is defined as a couple who's been trying actively for a year and haven't had any success. I hope that these tips help you but if you have any other questions for me, feel free to ask them on our Facebook page at facebook.com/intermountainmoms and recommend us to your friends and family, too.
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