How Often Should You Have Sex to Get Pregnant

Conception requires timing so exact that it is a wonder "accidents" happen left and right.  For couples who aren’t so "lucky", it is important to know when to have sex and how you often you should do it.


To get pregnant, you need to have sex when you are fertile – that is when you ovulate. It is believed that ovulation occurs on day 14 of the menstrual cycle, with day 1 as the day of your period. The problem is that many women do not ovulate on day 14 of their cycle. Ovulation can happen as early as day 10, and as late as day 20, especially for women with irregular cycles.

Methods of predicting ovulation

There are a number of ways to predict when you will ovulate.

You can use the rhythm method where you basically just count the days of your menstrual cycle.

To help you determine when you will ovulate, there is the ovulation predictor kit which detects the luteinizing hormone which spikes up 24-48 hours before ovulation. The OPK requires you to urinate on a stick every morning for about a week before ovulation.

You can also measure your basal body temperature every morning before you get up. The body’s temperature goes up about half a degree when you ovulate.

You should also check your cervical mucus to know if you are fertile. Fertile cervical mucus resemble raw egg-whites and usually appears a few days before ovulation.

Do not wait for ovulation

All the tracking and monitoring can make anyone become a bit neurotic. You become so focused on a certain date that you neglect to make love on any other day. Eventually, it will make sex feel like a chore.

Remember, it is suggested that you have sex prior to or during ovulation. It does not say that you should not make love on any other day.

Researchers suggest that planning to have sex 2-3 times a week makes you more likely to have sex at least once during the six-day period prior to ovulation.

Also, research shows that 10 days of abstinence may decrease sperm quality and quantity. On the other hand, sperm quality and quantity increases after 1-2 days of abstinence.

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