What is the safe period for having sex?
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replied February 18th, 2011
Hi, and thanks for your medical question on eHealth forum!

It is best to avoid ovulation time to be safe from conceiving. One can calculate the date (approximate) by subtracting 14 from the average duration of cycle. So in a 28 day cycle the ovulation occurs on 14th day from start of menses, in a 30 day cycle the ovulation will occur on (30-14=16) 16th day of the cycle. The day is counted from the first day of the period.

How to know you have ovulated: Count back 14 days from the next expected due date of period. Some women get a spotting with ovulation and others get cramps. Almost everyone experiences an increase in white discharge around ovulation. There is always a rise in the basal body temperature (taken first thing in the morning before getting out of bed) around ovulation. Follicular studies by ultrasound can also know the exact date there is ovulation. There are ovulation tests available in market which you can use.

Once you do this exercise for a month or two, you can know the safe period well. Hope this helps. Take care!



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