You’ve been tracking your ovulation – whether with tests for luteinizing hormone, basal body temperature, or cervical mucus – and you have a good idea when you are most fertile. Now it’s time to think about the actions for conception themselves. Are there times or methods for having sex that can actually improve fertility? Old time information might have you believe that the way you have intercourse makes a big difference in conception. The good news? It’s actually not as difficult to figure out as you may think.
The “Right” Sex Time
If you’ve pinpointed your ovulation date, you might think that it’s the best time to have intercourse. But the fact is, while tracking helps to give you a good estimate, it’s almost impossible to predict the exact day of ovulation. If you’re only having sex on the predicted day of, you may actually miss your opportunity.
An egg remains viable for 12 to 24 hours after ovulation. Sperm can survive for several days and still reach and fertilize an egg. That means you should start having sex a few days before you expect to ovulate. It is actually possible to conceive if you have sex up to five days before ovulating, but you should plan to have intercourse about once a day, every day, during this window.
Cervical mucus is perhaps the best indicator of when to have sex. When it turns to the consistency of egg whites, you know that you are or very soon will be ovulating. This is the time to have sex with the highest chance of getting pregnant.
However You’ve Like
Despite old wives’ tales about how position and technique impact pregnancy rates, the research shows that there isn’t really anyone’s trick to intercourse that results in more pregnancies than any other. The only real tip is to work with gravity. Having sex while standing or sitting up could encourage semen to flow back out after intercourse, before the sperm has a chance to start swimming.
Along the same line – you don’t need to put your feet up against a wall after sex. However, you may want to just lie on your back for a bit after. No research shows whether this helps for natural conception, but some studies of intrauterine insemination show an increased pregnancy rate if the woman stayed lying down for 15 minutes after sex.
Since no particular method seems to work better than the rest, feel free to change things up. One problem many couples face is feeling like sex has become stale or clinical while trying for a baby. This can contribute to stress, which can have a negative impact on fertility.
An Extra Helping Hand
If you are having trouble conceiving even with thorough tracking of ovulation, you may want to consider other options. In addition to talking to a doctor about the matter, there are over-the-counter products that may be able to help in your family planning efforts. The Stork OTC can deliver over three times a higher sperm concentration to the cervix, and it’s available to use at home without a prescription. If you want more tips or information about improving fertility, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, or sign up for our newsletter below. And feel free to send us your questions about using The Stork OTC as you try to conceive!