Timing and Frequency of Lovemaking

Identify Your Fertile Window: Timing and Frequency of Lovemaking

Back to Part 1: Your Biological Clock: Know When You Ovulate
> Below: Overview of Ovulation Predicting Products

Successfully achieving pregnancy depends on accurately predicting when you ovulate each month and timing intercourse accordingly. If the egg can only survive less than a day, this means that sperm must be present to fertilize or the cycle is lost. Sperm, however, can survive longer than the egg - and this extends your fertile window from 24 hours to a handful of days.

Other key variables that determine the length of the fertile window include sperm health and number (count), sperm metabolism (energy), the presence of "fertile" cervical mucus, and a "sperm-friendly" vaginal environment (low acidity). In a "best case" scenario, sperm can survive up to a about week, but that is only under ideal circumstances. More reasonably, for the purposes of trying-to-conceive, we can safely posit a fertile window of about three days - and we'll call these days "peak fertility". Peak fertility might be loosely defined, then, as the two days prior to ovulation and no more than the 24 hours following the release of the egg from the ovary.

Timing intercourse for peak fertility requires, ideally, that we make love on each of these vital days! So, if you are using a bbt chart, monitoring fertility signs like cervical mucus, or utilizing the ovulation prediction products discussed below, we can narrow in on these days for procreative sex. Yes, this is "sex on demand", and while its not the most Romantic of circumstances, we do have products like Pre-Seed to help us moisturize and promote sperm-friendly conditions even when we may not "be in the mood".

Sperm Count and Frequency of Intercourse: Sperm count is also a variable - and in some cases where a doctor has documented sperm count issues, you may be asked to refrain from daily sex prior to your fertile window in order to allow the sperm to replenish themselves and re-populate. While most doctors recommend that you make love throughout your cycle - not just during ovulation time - we must also consider the toll frequent lovemaking may take on the sperm count. Hence, if you are trying to conceive, some experts recommend that a man should not ejaculate more than every thirty-six hours, at least until peak fertility. During these key days, its advised to make love daily!

Early-Pregnancy-Tests.com carries home sperm tests you can use to check your sperm count/motility at home. These tests are designed to see if you need to talk with your doctor about possible sperm count/sperm quality-related issues.

Pinpointing Peak Fertility with Monitors and Tests

Now that we know when to make love in a theoretical sense, let's look at options for practically targeting those days in real-life. Besides the charting methods discussed in the previous articles, let's look at products to help you identify the days of peak fertility. The following fertility prediction products are designed to detect two reproductive hormones - estrogen and LH (or luteinizing hormone). Estrogen prepares the womb for pregnancy; LH actually facilitates the release of the egg by creating a "hole" in the follicle so the ovum can "drop" into your fallopian tube. By detecting these sudden hormonal shifts, you can target the three key days of peak fertility.

Ovulation Tests: Urine ovulation tests are a fantastic tool and the most popular predictors on the market. As noted above, a surge in the luteinizing hormone causes ovulation to take place. If you can identify the LH surge, you know you are most fertile and its time to time intercourse daily over the next three days. An LH surge will take place about ten to thirty-six hours before you ovulate. So, the moment you see that first positive, you've entered peak fertility. Typically, a surge lasts just a day or two, so you should be testing at least once daily during this general time frame. Accurate and effect, urine LH tests remain the standard for trying to conceive couples.

Ovulation Microscopes: Instead of focusing on LH, the ovulation microscope targets the more gradual increase of estrogens. This means that the scope will not only provide you with information on the days of peak fertility, but it will give you an "early alert" by signaling "transitional" fertility days as well - up to a week's warning that your body is preparing itself to ovulate. An ovulation microscope is handy because you use saliva instead of urine; simply let a saliva sample dry and view the result: If you see "ferning" patterns (a network of reticulate crystals) then you know you are approaching the big day. The more intense and concentrated the crystalline patterns, the closer you are to O day.

Computerized Fertility Monitors: Hi-tech digital fertility monitors are another interesting option! Though more costly, these computerized predictive tools allow you to angle in on both LH and estrogen. This doubles your predictive power!

Clear Blue (formerly ClearPlan) Monitor: The first and still the best (in our opinion), this monitor utilizes urine samples and will tell you if you are at low, high, or peak fertility. It's a computer - and the results are unambiguous - displayed in a digital readout. The results can be uploaded to your home computer for easy fertility charting. We love this product because it's backed by a reputable manufacturer - one you can call on the phone if you have any questions or problems. The ClearBlue does require that you purchase special test sticks for the device.

OV-Watch: The OV-Watch is the newest addition to the monitor family. It's an interesting innovation because its used at night when you are in bed and detects changes in perspiration. It has biosensors (1 sensor per cycle) that make contact with the skin and measure chloride ion levels in your skin's perspiration. These chloride ion levels are affected by fluctuations in reproductive hormones. This device is designed to give you a full 5 day warning of impending fertility. You can test while you sleep and have a result waiting for you in the morning when you awake.

OvaCue: OvaCue uses saliva samples to monitor estrogen. Like the ClearBlue, its a computerized device that alerts you to both transitional and peak days. You can also buy an accessory sensor that can be inserted in the vagina to track LH and estrogens. Though initially more expensive than other products, you do not need to keep buying test sticks or biosensors each month, which is nice if you end up TTC long-term.

Any of these products can give you a big edge in learning about your cycle and identifying when to time intercourse. Just remember that when it comes to conceiving a baby, there is no "normal" time frame. The couple down the street may get pregnant without even seeming to try - but for the rest of us, it may take a while! Don't lose heart, and know that you are not alone: If you were, Ovulation-Calculator.com would not exist, and neither would this veritable panoply of fertility products!

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is't good to make love on early pregnancy.

yes it's obvious how selfish the girl is for wanting a kid with a guy she's wanting to leave, but to say the word 'redneck' when referring to them? it's actually the 'opposite' of the rednecks that suck up all the taxpayer's money. we pay for their groceries and give them spending money so the money they actually do have can be spent on Colt 45's, swisher sweets, and newports.

I'm on clomid. I started my cycle 11/23/11 and it ended on 11/27/11. So I started taking clomid on cd2. On 11/27/11 me and my dh had sex he ejaculated on a towel but I accidentally wiped my vagina with the same towel that had all the sperm on it. Is there a chance I might become pregnant. ......someone please answer

Um can someone give me some advice on this situation. I have good health and is trying to conceive . I havent been taking any birth control of any and since September I have been noiticing changes in my menstrual cycle . Now its Jan and I take pregnancy tests and they are negative but now I haven't seen a menstrual cycle since November can i be pregnant or its changes happening with my cycle . Mind u that I have not ever missed a period since I had a cycle. What should I do in this situation I really want to conceive !

Am expecting my ovulation btw 9th & 10th of this month.Not very sure of my fertile days but i had sex with my husband 2day.But i wish to time my sex days so i dont miss out.how do i share d days bcos i wish to conceive this month. pls i need ur contributions.Thank u.


For attention of Anonymous, 15 June 2010

"Wasting another month of your time"? You sound like a selfish arrogant bitch. Listen, the world doesn't owe you anything. Maybe he actually wasn't feeling well, and all you care about is concieving a baby.

Your relationship isn't going to last. Let me guess you will have a baby then get looked after by the state while you bring up another useless redneck, care of the taxes being paid by the population that works.

Do us all a favour and get yourself a proper life.

Dear June 15th no one would want to have a baby with someone that is that selfish. I really hope for the baby's sake you don't get prego.

Please don't bring a baby into that sort of relationship. If you wish you had the guts to leave him why on earth would you be trying to have his baby. That is very selfish of you. He should know how you really feel and then I bet he would not want to help you have a baby.

What pl. tell me u want my help

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