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Having Sex, Getting Pregnant continued...

But while timing your lovemaking exclusively to those few days makes logical sense, it also has some drawbacks -- primarily because your body doesn't always behave with clockwork regularity. Even if your cycle is regular, ovulation can occur at any time during the cycle. If you're having sex on the day you think you're ovulating, and you're off by a few days, you may be out of luck.

So the expert advice is to hedge your bets: Have sex at least two to three times every week. Studies have shown that as long as your partner has a normal sperm count, having sex every day of the month further increases your chances.

Going Off the Pill to Get Pregnant

How long does it take for the effects of birth controlmedication to subside? It's actually possible to become pregnant immediately after going off the pill -- as soon as the pill's hormones are out of your system -- although it often takes a few months before ovulation begins normally again.

Is it safe to conceive right after you go off the pill? Yes. Women who conceive immediately after going off the pill are as likely to have a healthy baby as women who waited a few months in between.

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Reviewed by Kecia Gaither, MD, MPH on July 20, 2014
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