Sex Frequency and Lubricants: What is Best to Get Pregnant Fast?
Is it ok to use lubricant when you are trying to conceive? How often do you need to have sex? And when? So much confusing information. Let me make it easy for you to understand.
If you are trying to conceive naturally, and are looking for tips and tricks to speed up the process, you have come to the right place.
Today, I am going to tell you how to time intercourse to maximize your chances for success. You will also learn about the impact of sexual frequency and whether you can use vaginal lubricants.
How long do sperm live?
Outside of the body, sperm don’t live very long. Inside of a woman’s reproductive organs, however, sperm can live for several days. This means that there are several days during the month when sex can produce a pregnancy.
How to maximize chance for pregnancy - sex timing
To maximize the chances for a pregnancy, you should have sex before ovulation or on the day of ovulation.
How do I know this? Several years ago, scientists studied 221 healthy women who were trying to get pregnant. They kept a diary of each time they had intercourse and the scientists used hormone tests to determine the exact day of ovulation.
By the end of the study, they recorded data on 192 pregnancies.
Length of the fertility window
Here is what we learned from that study: The fertility window is 6 days long.
In every cycle in which conception occurred, couples had intercourse at least once during this six day window. The earliest pregnancies were conceived with intercourse 5 days before the day of ovulation. The latest pregnancies occurred when intercourse occurred on the day of ovulation.
There were no pregnancies conceived when intercourse only happened earlier or later than that window. This means that if you only have intercourse 1 week or more before ovulation, or a day or more after ovulation, your chances for pregnancy are slim to none.
Within that fertile window, if you have sex closer to the time of ovulation the chances for conceiving are higher.
When is the "Peak" fertility window?
Intercourse on the first day of the six day window gives you about an 8% chance for pregnancy. On the last day of the fertile window, which is the day of ovulation, the probability for pregnancy is about 36%.
Statistically, those last three days of that fertile window give roughly the same chances for success and are much better than the first three days. We’ll call those last 3 days the PEAK fertility window.
How frequently should you have sex when TTC?
The data says it doesn’t matter. Couples who reported more sex during the fertile window did not have any more pregnancies than couples who had sex less frequently or couples who had intercourse only once.
Getting pregnant is not about how often you have sex, it's about WHEN you have sex. As long as you have sex at least once during the Peak Fertility Window, you will maximize your chances for pregnancy during that month.
If you don’t know when you ovulate, having sex more frequently can increase the chances that you will hit the Peak Fertility window.
Is is necessary to have sex every day when TTC?
If you have sex every other day or even every 3rd day, will still be guaranteed to hit that Peak Fertility window at least once.
Are lubricants ok to use when trying to get pregnant?
If you use lubricants, you are not alone. One study found that nearly 30% of couples attempting to conceive reported the occasional use of lubricants during intercourse, and 14.3% reported frequent use.
There has been concern about the use of lubricants in couples trying to conceive since some studies done in the laboratory have suggested that some lubricants may adversely affect the movement of sperm.
Sperm movement under a microscope doesn’t necessarily predict what will happen in real life conditions when couples are having intercourse to try to conceive.
A 2012 study looked at 300 couples who were attempting pregnancy. They compared couples who used a lubricant during the fertile window to those that didn’t. The study did not find any difference in how long it took couples to get pregnant whether they were using a vaginal lubricant or not. This study was too small to compare different types of lubricants.
Are some lubricants "better" than others?
In 2018, a much larger study looked at 6500 women who were trying to conceive. This study was large enough to look at the effect of different types of lubricants which they divided into four groups, water based with pH balance or not, oil based and silicone based.
These groups includes all of the commonly marketed brands of lubricants like Pre-Seed, KY and Astroglide. As well as improvised lubricants like baby oil, olive oil and vegetable oil. The results of this study confirmed the results of the earlier study.
Lubricant users took the same amount of time to become pregnant as non lubricant users. It did not matter what type of lubricant was used.
Couples who used lubricants that slowed sperm movement under the microscope still got pregnant as quickly as non users. Specifically, lubricants that were marketed as being fertility friendly had no benefit over other lubricants.
Our bottom line is this:
It is possible to get pregnant over a six day window. Your best chance to conceive a pregnancy is when you have intercourse either two days before ovulation, one day before ovulation or on the day of ovulation.
The frequency of intercourse does not matter as long as you hit one of those three days. If you suffer from vaginal dryness during intercourse, don’t worry, you can use a vaginal lubricant without affecting your chance for pregnancy.
Any type of lubricant will work, you dont need to pay extra to use a special fertility friendly brand.
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