When Should We Have Intercourse After a Positive Ovulation Test?
For couples who are trying to become pregnant and keeping up with when ovulation is occurring, it is important to know when to time intercourse after the ovulation test is positive. This is really critical because you will have a better chance of becoming pregnant by having sex within five days of ovulation. Engaging in intercourse the day after ovulation will not be successful so it is really important to know before you ovulate so you can have intercourse and increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
Of course, the probability of becoming pregnant on the actual day of ovulation is more likely than the days prior. Keep in mind that sperm can survive up to five days after ejaculation, so having intercourse several days before ovulation can lead to pregnancy. Once the hormone surge occurs, intercourse on a daily basis is a good idea to increase the chances of pregnancy. This will allow the sperm to travel into the woman’s system and be waiting for the egg to be released. In addition to the actual timing issues, there are some other tips and tricks to keep in mind when trying to get pregnant.
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For example, after intercourse the woman should recline and even elevate her hips to give the sperm a better chance of reaching the egg. The more sperm that stays in the body for a longer period of time increases the chances of a pregnancy occurring. Avoiding caffeine, smoking, drugs, alcohol, and the like can be very important during this time as well. Reducing stress, although this can be difficult when you have been trying to become pregnant for some time, is also important. You want your body to be as receptive to pregnancy as possible and maintaining a healthy body is important to giving yourself the best chances.
Another important aspect to keep in mind is that you are looking for the surge in hormones or the first positive ovulation test. Other positive ovulation tests after this one, i.e. multiple positives several days in a row should not be given importance. This is because the first test lets you know that ovulation should occur within 12-72 hours and intercourse during this time frame is very important if you want to become pregnant.
Remember, even couples having intercourse during the days prior to and the day of ovulation still don’t always become pregnant the first time around. It may take a couple of months or even longer for a positive pregnancy test. If this happens to you then don’t worry. It just might take some time before a pregnancy occurs and you should know that this is normal and nothing to worry about. If you don’t become pregnant within a year and have been charting your ovulation and properly timing intercourse during this time then it is possible you will need the assistance of a doctor to help determine the problem so you can become pregnant.
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