Do I Need to Have Sex Every Day to Get Pregnant?
The More the Merrier!
When you were younger you learnt about probability and these very same rules also aids in making a baby. Despite popular belief, it is not at all realistic nor scientifically grounded to believe that in order to get pregnant you will need to have less sex. In fact, science has proven it to be quite the opposite. That is, the more sex you have, the more likely it will be for you to conceive.
It is rather unfortunate that the rate of infertility has increased so much in recent years, and though many still argue that it is due to the face-paced environment that we now all live in, infertility experts have linked this to couples simply not having enough sex at the right time. When trying to get pregnant it is vital for you to have sex often, especially during your most fertile, or ovulatory, phase.
Peak: Sex during Ovulation
Unbelievably, many women do not understand how their monthly cycles work, so they do not know how to identify their fertile phase. However, in order to really capitalize all your opportunities of pregnancy, it is critical that you do understand. Ovulation is the period of a woman’s cycle that is most fertile. During this time, an ovum (egg) is released into the uterus.
When trying to conceive it is best to have sex as often as possible during this fertile period or at least once every couple of days. Making use of this fertile time will increase your chances at pregnancy by almost 50%. Always keep in mind, that the male’s sperm has the ability to live between 48 and 72 hours within your reproductive system depending on the environment of the cervix. Therefore having sex at least once every two to three days, during the ovulation period can significantly improve your chances of conception.
Abstaining until Making a Baby
Many couples believe in the myth that says in order to have a child you should do no form of sexual activity until the precise moment of ovulation to save the man’s sperm. This is, of course, not factual. In fact, being sexually active is a way of ensuring that the man’s sperm is healthy. Not being active and storing up the sperm in the testes can cause its mobility to decrease, lowering your chances of pregnancy. So try to avoid abstaining for more than seven consecutive days.
Nothing bad will happen to your man, he won’t run out of sperm by having sex too much; in fact he may very well end up with a higher sperm count than he would have, should he had withheld ejaculation for a few days. Sure, the density of the sperm in each ejaculation may not be as strong with frequent orgasms, however, you will only need one healthy soldier to make it up the fallopian tube and fertilize that egg. So do not worry about the density, what is important is mobility and health of the sperm. The MayoClinic recommends having intercourse at least once per day during the days leading up to ovulation to increase your pregnancy odds.
Try to just have fun and enjoy each other, do not focus on baby making too much while actually having sex. The key to conceiving is to relax and allow it to happen naturally. Therefore, whether you chose to go at it every day or every other day is up to you; just ensure that you relax and enjoy it.
A few studies, over the years, have shown that the male sperm count is slightly higher during the morning hours when compared with the nights. This slight difference is inconsequential when trying for a baby, as the correct timing within the cycle is more important than the best time of day to have intercourse. A recent research, however, made a breakthrough by discovering that between the hours of 5pm and 7pm, sperm counts are 35% higher, making this an ideal time to have sex if trying to have a baby, as the sperm are livelier.
Tips to Boost your Chances of Pregnancy
- Try to avoid douching before having sexual intercourse as it can disturb the natural environment in your vagina and cervix, causing difficulties for the migration of the sperm.
- If you must use vaginal lubricant, ensure that they are sperm friendly. One of the best ones on the market today is called Pre-Seed and it has been scientifically proven sperm-friendly.
- Use the right position. Certain positions such as having the man on top or allowing him to enter from behind enables the sperm to get closer to the cervix, increasing your chances of pregnancy.