How often and when do I need to have intercourse to fall pregnant?
It is surprising at how little this is understood amongst couples who are trying to conceive. The first thing which needs to be understood is the timing of ovulation.
For reproductive purposes it is only necessary to have intercourse around the time of ovulation. It is also important to note that an egg only survives for between six to twelve hours after ovulation. So, if you wait until your BBT chart indicates you have ovulated until you have intercourse, the sperm may not get to the egg in time. The optimal timing of intercourse is just before and after you expect to ovulate. This will allow sperm to be ready in place and waiting for the egg. At the Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Clinic, historical information from basal body temperature (BBT) charts are used to anticipate ovulation.
The second issue which needs to be considered is the reproductive health of the male. If you are unsure of this status, an andrology test is recommended. An andrology test inquires into the volume, shape and motility (movement) of the sperm. If all is well, you can have intercourse as often as you like from say day 11 of your cycle. If the andrology test shows a problem, it is best to have intercourse less frequently. At the Fertility and IVF Acupuncture Clinic, it is recommended you wait until day 11 of your cycle and then have intercourse every second day up until after ovulation is evident. Sperm can last up to 48 hours inside the womb, so this method will not greatly hamper your chances.