One of the most important things to know when you are trying to have a baby is knowing when the optimum time to have intercourse is to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Unfortunately, there is a lot of information on this topic and it can get confusing to know which facts to listen to and how to incorporate that into your personal situation, especially if you do not have a regular cycle as a guideline.
The window of fertility is only around 5/6 days and the lifespan of healthy sperm is on average around 5 days. So, you can have sex up to five days before you begin to ovulate and there is still a small chance you will get pregnant.
When life gets in the way
Commonly women who come to see me, normally only have sex around the time they think they are ovulating, as they think this is the only time, they can get pregnant. Once the egg is released it is only viable for a short time. Unfortunately, it may not always be possible to have intercourse when you ovulate – shift work, business trips and various other reasons. Therefore, it is important to have regular intercourse the week before ovulation as it will increase your chances of getting pregnant.
However, it takes the average man around 30-40 hours to be able to return to his usual level of sperm production after he ejaculates.
Therefore, I recommend to couples to have intercourse every 2-3 days the week before ovulation.
Thinking about how to conceive and planning when to have sex at the optimum time can be quite stressful and put strain on your relationship. My Nurturing Resilience programme is aimed to help you maintain a healthy relationship while raising your fertility.
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