How Often Should You Have Sex To Get Pregnant?
Information on the internet regarding sex and pregnancy can be overwhelming to take if you are trying to conceive. All the information online is not exactly what you might call ‘authentic.’ While some sources might suggest you have sex every day to improve your chances of getting pregnant, others might encourage you to ‘save the sperm’ for few days between intercourses. The logic behind the idea is waiting between intercourse can increase the sperm count of your partner which can assist you in getting pregnant.
If you are trying to get pregnant, it might be best to know exactly when to have intercourse to give your body the best chance to get pregnant.
The process of the release of an egg from the ovaries during the menstrual cycle is called ovulation. It happens roughly in the middle of your cycle, 12-16 days before your next period. That said, the ovulation time can vary greatly between women and even might change for you between cycles.
Once the process of ovulation releases the egg, it travels down the fallopian tube. The fusion of the sperm and the egg needs to happen while the egg is in the fallopian tube to be successful. If this does not occur, the egg is thrown out along with the menstruum of your next menstrual cycle.
The egg stays viable and ready to fertilize 24 hours post-ovulation, while the sperm can live for as long as five days in the female reproductive tract. Hence, to give yourself the best opportunity to become pregnant, you should have sex before ovulation and not after.
Your basal body temperature (BBT) also increases by about 0.5 degrees once you ovulate. There is a surge of the female sex hormone called LH before ovulation as well. The BBT thermometer and ovulation predictor kits from Fertility2Family can help you pinpoint your ovulation time and help you estimate the best time to have sex.
Know Your Fertile window to get pregnant
Your fertile window is the time during your menstrual cycle when you are the most fertile. If you have a 28-day menstrual cycle, this window is a few days around ovulation. The best time to conceive is five days leading up to ovulation and the day of ovulation itself. The best chance to get pregnant is if you have sex 24-48 hours before your ovulation. Ovulation test kits measure your LH levels to give you a precise LH surge and ovulation idea.
When you approach ovulation, there are changes to your cervix as well. The cervix starts to produce a clear mucus that is stretchy and has a consistency of an egg-white. The mucus helps the sperm to swim in the reproductive tract to meet the egg in the fallopian tube, where the fertilization occurs. The changes in the nature and consistency of the cervical mucus are due to an increase in another fertility hormone called estrogen. You can easily track your cervical mucus to predict your fertility window as well. However, it might take several months of practice to get the prediction accuracy.
The sperm count of your partner also plays a crucial role in your chance of getting pregnant. The probability of conception is the highest if your partner has a sperm count of 40-50 million per ml. The quality of the sperm is also important, along with the sperm count. Good quality sperm can survive in the female reproductive system for a longer time, making them more likely to fertilize an egg.
The sperm count can fluctuate between men, but your partner will need at least 20 million sperms per ml of the semen for conception to occur. Semen analysis can reveal if there are any issues with the sperm count or quality. Seek a fertility expert’s help to understand more about how to get the sperm analysis done. In one-third of infertile couples, the problem is with the male, a semen analysis is a non-invasive quick test and we recommend all couples trying to conceive get a semen analysis done.
Sex Frequency To Get Pregnant
If you have sex every day during your fertility window, you have a 20 – 25% chance of getting pregnant. If you have sex every other day, your probability of conceiving falls slightly to about 22%. If you have sex once a week, the chance of getting pregnant gets a serious hit and stands at roughly 10%. Many couples might find having sex daily emotionally and physically tiring. Although the chance of getting pregnant after having sex every day is slightly higher, it might not worth it for some couples. Keeping the frequency every other day is also not a bad idea as the chance of getting pregnant is only slightly lower.
Having sex outside the fertility window does not mean that you can’t get pregnant either. You can get pregnant by having sex almost any day of your menstrual cycle, although the chances of that happening are quite slim. Having sex outside the fertility window can be less stressful for some couples as the pressure of conception is not there; this might help you build a stronger emotional attachment with each other and make the journey to motherhood that much pleasant.