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    Should you have sex everyday when trying to conceive? Here’s what the science says

    Updated 23 March 2022 |
    Published 18 March 2022
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    Dr. Amanda Kallen
    Medically reviewed by Dr. Amanda Kallen, Associate professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive endocrinology, Yale University School of Medicine, Connecticut, US
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    People have all kinds of theories when it comes to getting pregnant, about how often you should (or shouldn’t) be having sex. So what’s the deal? We ask the experts …

    When a couple decides they want to try to conceive, they understandably want to give themselves the best chance of making it happen. That’s why one of the most common questions from hopeful parents is whether more frequent sex can actually increase your chances of getting pregnant

    So, is having sex everyday bad when trying to conceive? Or is it a case of “the more you try, the higher your chances”? We chat to experts and look at the science to find out how often you should really have sex if you want to get pregnant.

    Flo can help you figure out when you’re most likely to get pregnant

    When can you actually get pregnant?

    If you’re having sex to conceive, getting to know the timing of your cycle is a helpful place to start. Not only will that give you a better understanding of when pregnancy is most likely to happen, it can also help pinpoint the days you may want to aim to have sex.

    Experts agree that the best time to conceive is during the most fertile time in your cycle: the lead-up to ovulation and ovulation itself. This is the time in the menstrual cycle when a mature egg is released from one of your ovaries into your uterine tube. But since sperm can live inside a reproductive tract and wait for an egg for up to five days, you can get pregnant from sex pre-ovulation, too.

    “Let’s say it’s a textbook 28-day cycle. Usually, you ovulate around day 14, which is halfway through. So the best time to have sex would be the few days before ovulation,” explains Dr. Charlsie Celestine, MD, OB-GYN (obstetrician and gynecologist) and creator of the “For Vaginas Only” podcast.

    A 1995 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that nearly all pregnancies occurred during the six-day period ending in ovulation, and reproductive endocrinologist Dr. Tiffanny Jones confirms there’s a good reason to have lots of sex during those few days. “The benefit of frequent intercourse during that window is to replenish the supply of sperm in the reproductive tract that have the ability to fertilize the egg when it’s released,” she explains.

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