Although 1 in 8 couples struggles with infertility, some couples could improve their chances of conceiving by planning intercourse at the right time. As fertility specialists, we are here to help Dallas area residents start or expand their families. At Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates, we want to educate our patients so that they understand the importance of having sex during the fertile time of the month.
Improve the odds of conception with timed intercourse
A recent study conducted by Monash University in Melbourne polled 204 women looking for assistance with a fertility clinic. Researchers found that only 13 percent knew the peak fertility window in their cycles, but 68 percent of the women interviewed believed they had accurately timed sex while trying to conceive naturally.
3 ways to predict ovulation
For the best chances of pregnancy, you need to have intercourse within 24 to 48 hours of ovulation. The following signs indicate that you are about to ovulate:
As your body prepares to release the egg, your cervical mucous changes from thick and sticky to a clear, stretchy consistency, similar to raw egg whites.
Lower abdominal pain
About 20 percent of women actually feel mild discomfort or twinges of pain in the lower abdomen, referred to as mittelschmerz (German for “middle-pain”).
Ovulation predictor kits
Available at drug stores and supermarkets, these kits work by detecting the pre-ovulation leutinising hormone (LH) surge in your body.
In many cases, having intercourse closer to ovulation will give you the positive results you have been hoping for; if you still haven’t conceived after 12 months of planned intercourse (six months if you are over 35), consider seeking help from one of the fertility specialists at Dallas-Fort Worth Fertility Associates.