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What Should You Do After Intercourse To Increase Your Chances Of Getting Pregnant?

What should you do after intercourse to increase your chances of getting pregnant? Well, ask your grandma! There are a lot of tips and tricks that suggest that you can increase your odds of getting pregnant, even after intercourse, by following certain routines. These may work with some women and might not work with the rest. Though not completely scientific, they have shown marked results in some women who swear by them. Douching, for example, was once a popular method to increase your chances of getting pregnant, but today it has been shrugged off as a myth and could actually harm you chances of getting pregnant.

Will having intercourse in the morning help?

Some studies claim that a man’s sperm count may be higher in the morning as compared to other times of the day. But other studies also show that the differences in sperm count are so minimal that it does not matter much in terms of getting pregnant. For example, assume that your sperm count goes from 87 million in the evening to 88 million in the morning. This may sound significant in numbers. But understand that it doesn’t change much if you are talking about a tough conception history. That’s so because, after all, it only takes one sperm to do the job.

One of the surest ways is to have intercourse as often as you can! So stop worrying about the clock and have sex whenever the mood strikes you — day or night.

Will timing intercourse during the monthly cycles help?

Yes, definitely. If you really want to swing the odds of getting pregnant in your favor, you should try and start timing sex sessions as close to ovulation as you can. For most women that’s about halfway between periods and the most fertile period in the month. Our article on ovulation will help you better understand the process and give you an idea of when you’ll ovulate.

It also helps to keep in mind that while it’s important to understand your cycle and the changing patterns of cervical mucus and basal temperature, it’s equally important to try to relax, enjoy sex and the warm feeling of being parents soon. Believe it or not, the more relaxed you are, the better your chances of conceiving.


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What can we do after intercourse to increase our odds?

For most healthy couples, getting pregnant isn’t difficult, and no special arrangements need to be made beyond depositing the man’s semen into the woman’s vagina. Generally, the sperm reach the cervix within seconds of ejaculation. But if you have been trying hard and long enough, here’s a secret. Lie flat after intercourse and raise your legs to 30 degrees. This helps the cervical and vaginal muscles to relax and facilitates the movement of cervical mucus. If your man has enough sperm count and you have the right consistency of cervical mucus, this method will greatly help to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Even doctors recommend that a woman should lie down with her legs slightly raised after intercourse to increase her chances of conception. This greatly helps in women who are trying to get pregnant because the sperm doesn’t have to fight gravity as they make their way to the egg. There is no scientific evidence of this improving the chances of getting pregnant, but many people have tried it to aid conception. It is a harmless technique and worth a shot.

Even after trying various techniques and therapies, if you still encounter trouble in conceiving, you must consult a doctor for advice on how to proceed.


Last modified: February 10, 2013


The information provided here should not be considered medical advice. It is based on the average experience of women trying to conceive and may not be what you may be experiencing. It's not meant to be a replacement for any advice you may receive from your doctor. If you have any concerns about your cycle or our ability to get pregnant, we advise you to contact your doctor.