When you’re trying to get pregnant, sex is more than just fun. And some couples may have questions about how to make love in such a way that after 9 months they meet in the delivery room with a baby. Example:
- Is there a difference between sex for fun and sex for conception?
- Does posture matter?
- How often should you have sex?
When to have sex to get pregnant?
When you’re trying to conceive, time is of the essence. The greatest chance of getting pregnant is two days before ovulation and on the day of ovulation.
Having sex on these days will increase your chances of conception.
During ovulation, the ovary releases a mature egg. It moves through the fallopian tube to the uterus.
On this way, spermatozoa meet the egg and fertilize it. Sperm can be viable for about five days.
So, if you’re trying to get pregnant, your goal is to have live sperm in your fallopian tubes when you ovulate.
Here’s how you can calculate when you ovulate.
Not all women ovulate in the middle of the cycle.
“Most women ovulate during the cycle. But some can get pregnant on any day of the cycle, as they ovulate both on the first days of menstruation and immediately after it. Or maybe before menstruation.
How often should you have sex to get pregnant?
Another common question is how often you need to have sex to get pregnant.
Some couples try hard to have sex every day. If you like it, then that’s fine. But it is important that sex does not become routine for conception.
Most people get tired of such a schedule, especially if conception takes more than a few months.
Also, having sex every day can become a problem if a man has a low sperm count.
Also, some studies have shown that sperm has better quality if it accumulates for 2-3 days.
A good plan is to have sex 3-4 times a week . Although you can’t get pregnant after ovulation, sex can have other benefits.
Also, do not forget about the days before and during ovulation, because sex during this period increases the likelihood of pregnancy.
Does posture matter in sex?
Hundreds of millions of sperm are released during each male orgasm, so any unprotected sex during ovulation can lead to pregnancy. When the sperm enters the vagina, you have a chance to conceive a child.
It has been proven that no sex positions increase the likelihood of conception.
“There are no positions in sex that could prevent pregnancy. In any position, if you do not use a condom or another method of contraception, pregnancy will occur.
At the same time, missionary (man from above) and doggy style (man from behind) provide deeper penetration – bringing sperm closer to the cervix.
But spermatozoa are good swimmers. Once inside the vagina, they take 2 to 15 minutes to reach the cervix.
Do you need to lie down after sex?
Some people think that lying down after sex can help you conceive because if you stay horizontal for a while, the sperm will supposedly have a better chance of reaching their destination.
However, the movement of sperm to the cervix occurs regardless of whether you are standing or lying down.
But if you are worried about the result, you can lie down for up to 15 minutes, placing a pillow under your lower back. This will help the sperm to flow in the right direction.
When should you see a doctor?
If you have been trying to get pregnant without success, see your doctor.
How long should I wait before seeing a specialist? It depends on your age.
Women under 35 should try for at least 1 year before seeking medical attention.
Women 35 and older should see a doctor after 6 months of trying.
How to increase the chances of getting pregnant?
The National Health Service of Great Britain advises:
- have sex every 2-3 days without using contraceptives;
- try to have sex around the time of ovulation – usually 12-16 days before the start of menstruation;
- try to maintain a healthy weight, reduce or stop drinking alcohol, and not smoke. This also applies to your partner;
- if you are trying to get pregnant, take folic acid, eat healthy. This will help your child develop normally.