The Best Time to Conceive: When Should I Have Sex to Get Pregnant?

Trying to have a baby? Tuning into your body’s subtle signals to know when you’re ovulating can boost your chances of conceiving. Planning sex can help you increase your chances of becoming pregnant.

When should you have sex?

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The best time to get conceive is at the most fertile point in your menstrual cycle. Your ‘fertile window’ includes five days before ovulation and the day of ovulation. The two days before you ovulate and the day of ovulation have the highest probability of conception. Having sex on those days will give you the greatest odds of conceiving.

During ovulation, your ovary releases a mature egg. That egg makes its way down the fallopian tube on its way to your uterus. On this route, the sperm will (hopefully) meet up with and fertilise the egg. Sperm can live for about five days. So if you’re trying to conceive, your goal is to have live sperm in your Fallopian tubes when you ovulate.

What positions are best?

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With hundreds of millions of sperm released in each male orgasm, any unprotected sex around the time of ovulation could result in a pregnancy. As long as sperm enters the vagina, you have a chance to conceive.

No certain positions during sex have been proven to increase the likelihood of conception. Yet certain positions may be better than others for ensuring those little swimmers find their way up to the egg. The missionary (man on top) and doggie-style positions (the man behind) allow for deeper penetration, bringing sperm closer to the cervix.

In the standing and woman-on-top positions, gravity works against you. Yet standing upright after sex shouldn’t reduce your odds of a pregnancy. Sperm are pretty good swimmers. Once deposited in the vagina, they can reach the cervix within 15 – 20 minutes.

Though you don’t need to raise your legs in the air after sex or even lie flat on your back to help them get there, it can’t hurt. Placing a pillow under your lower back will also keep the sperm swimming in the right direction.

How often should you have sex?

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You might have read that having sex too often reduces your spouse sperm quality and quantity. Some research has shown that sperm has better quality when collected after 2-3 day of abstinence. Higher rates of conception are seen in couples who have sex every 1-2 days.

Making love once a day or every other day during your fertile window will increase your odds of getting pregnant. Try to have sex more often, but don’t force yourself into a schedule. It could lead to unnecessary stress. Ultimately, the ideal number of times to have sex is what feels comfortable to you.

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