It’s a matter of time—timing intercourse to conceive
Our Austin obgyns have some advice about timing intercourse to help you become pregnant. The simplest way is to try to have sex every one to two days, especially during your fertile period. If your busy schedule interferes with time in the bedroom, try timing intercourse to coincide with your fertile window.
Timing intercourse and your fertile window
Timing intercourse during your fertile window increases your chances of becoming pregnant. The fertile window occurs during the six days before the day you ovulate. For example, if you have a 28-day cycle, ovulation usually occurs 14 days after you began your last period or 14 days before you begin your next period.
If you don’t have a 28-day cycle, how do you know when you are ovulating? Our Austin obgyns suggest the following methods.
- Observe your cervical mucus. Approximately five or six days before you ovulate, mucus secretions increase. The secretions reach their peak two to three days before ovulation, turning from cloudy to clear with the consistency of egg whites at the peak of ovulation.
- Purchase an ovulation predictor kit. The kit measures the level of luteinizing hormone, or LH, in your urine. LH is the main hormone that causes your body to release an egg for ovulation. The kit helps predict ovulation by detecting when your LH peaks.
- Enhance your chances of conceiving by timing intercourse during your fertile window with a phone app or a calendar for tracking ovulation.
Four do’s and don’ts for getting pregnant
- DON’T abstain from intercourse for long periods of time. Long lapses decrease sperm quality and decrease your chances of having sex while you are ovulating.
- DO try timing intercourse every one or two days, especially during your fertile window.
- DON’T be concerned about which sexual position you are in or lying with your legs up after intercourse. These activities do not affect your chances of becoming pregnant.
- DO switch to lubricants like canola or mineral oil or Pre-Seed®. Other popular lubricants, such as Astroglide, may adversely affect sperm.
Our Austin obgyns can discuss timing intercourse and other important subjects at a preconception planning appointment. Contact us to schedule one.