The best time to get pregnant (II) – Punch Newspapers

by pregnancy journalist

 Dr. Abayomi Ajayi; 01-4667360, 07026277855 [email protected]

To get pregnant, couples don’t need to time having sex only around ovulation. If you want to get pregnant faster, you might be naturally interested in knowing when you should have sex, how frequently to have sex, and whether there are factors that can increase or decrease your chances of becoming pregnant.

Planning sexual intercourse does help increase chances of becoming pregnant. If you want to get pregnant faster, knowing when you should have sex, how frequently to have sex, and whether there are factors that can increase or decrease your chances of becoming pregnant makes a lot of sense.

If you have sex often enough, working on strategising the timing of sex may be necessary. Every woman has one week every month when sex is most likely to lead to pregnancy. This is considered to be her fertile window, and it occurs two to three days before ovulation. As stated earlier, the best chance of becoming pregnant is the two to three days right before ovulation.

Ovulation usually occurs around days 12 and 13 of your cycle, but it varies from woman to woman. It’s possible to have your most fertile window as early as day eight and nine, or as late as days 19 and 20.

The egg that ovulates is only able to be fertilised for 12 to 24 hours after it’s released from the ovary, and sperm can live up to five days in the female reproductive tract. This is why there should be sexual intercourse right before ovulation, not after, when the woman is trying to become pregnant.

You may have heard that Day 14 of your cycle is when you ovulate. Many women who believe this have sex on Day 11, 12, and 13, thinking this will give them the best chance at conception. But they may be wrong! Many women don’t ovulate on Day 14 of their cycle. Normal ovulation can occur as early as Day 10 and as late as Day 20. If your cycles are irregular, ovulation can occur even later.

You can keep track of ovulation based on a calendar, and physiological changes such as body temperature, cervical mucus, or hormone levels can be used to track signs of ovulation.

Research says that the best day for sexual intercourse is the day you notice the most fertile cervical mucus. Fertile cervical mucus is a vaginal discharge that resembles raw egg white. This kind of discharge is healthy and normal. It typically appears on the days before.

This cervical mucus improves sperm motility (movement) and helps them survive. The more sperm that survive and travel to the Fallopian tubes, which will release the egg, the higher the likelihood of fertilisation.

Feeling relaxed and free of stress can increase the chances of becoming pregnant, but, as with most other ‘rules,’ this is not necessarily the case. Sexual pleasure can increase the chances of becoming pregnant, but not so much that you need to be concerned that every time you have sex, it should be the hottest sex ever. Studies have found that sexual pleasure can improve sperm counts, and there is a theory that female orgasm might help boost the odds of conception. That said, it’s not required to get pregnant. You can have terrible sex and still conceive.

Overall, how often you should have sex depends on your own personal preference as a couple, and whether or not there are any male factor infertility issues, such as sperm count problems.

You may not have sex more than once a day. It may seem that more sex would equal a better chance of pregnancy, but actually, having sex too frequently may decrease the number of healthy sperm.

If timing sex for ovulation is causing anxiety, you should have sex every week, about every other day. You’re bound to have sex at least once during your fertile window with this method, without tracking your cycle.

The aim should be to have sex at least three to four times a week, throughout the menstrual cycle.

If sperm counts are normal or healthy, then it’s okay to have sex as often as possible. However, you should still have sex throughout your cycle, just to keep the sperm quality in excellent shape. You also need to provide time to enjoy sex without a baby-making mission attached.

If sperm counts are borderline normal or on the lower side, the general recommendation is to have sex every other day during the fertile window.


For example, if on Monday you see fertile cervical mucus, you should have sex on Monday, skip Tuesday, and then again on Wednesday, skip Thursday and once more on Friday. The day in between will help replenish the sperm supply, possibly increasing your chances of pregnancy.

It’s true that you’re more likely to conceive quickly if you have sex during your fertile window, but it’s also true that if you have sex frequently all month, you’re likely to get pregnant eventually.

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