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How often should you have sex when you’re trying to get pregnant?

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How often should you have sex when you’re trying to get pregnant?

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Daily sex raises the odds of pregnancy, but every other day is nearly as good. Plus, it can take the pressure off having to perform every day. This is supposed to be fun, right?

 

If you’re worried that trying too often will affect his sperm, don’t. Daily sex doesn’t decrease a man’s fertility.

 

When should you start? It’s hard to predict exactly when you’ll ovulate and be fertile, so think about aiming for every other day as soon as your period ends. 

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To help sperm reach the egg, the best sex position is:

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To help sperm reach the egg, the best sex position is:

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Do it however you like. Scientists don’t have proof that any one position helps more sperm reach their target. Sperm usually enter the cervix and the uterus within seconds after ejaculation.

 

If you do orgasm while doing the deed, great! A woman’s orgasm can help speed sperm along. But don’t stress over the big O. It won’t necessarily boost your chances of getting pregnant.

Wearing briefs will make your man infertile.

Wearing briefs will make your man infertile.

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If your guy’s a briefs guy, there’s no reason to switch. While overheating does reduce a man’s sperm count, briefs don’t create nearly as much heat as saunas and hot tubs, which can hurt the quality of sperm. Studies haven’t shown a link between wearing briefs and infertility.

The best natural way to predict when you’re most fertile is to track:

The best natural way to predict when you’re most fertile is to track:

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Hormones make cervical mucus clear and slippery (like an egg white) to help sperm swim when your egg is ready to be fertilized. Learning to recognize this mucus can help you know when you’re ovulating and fertile. Or you can use an over-the-counter ovulation test.

 

Why the others aren’t as easy to do: When you use the “calendar or rhythm method,” you track your period. Then you estimate when you’re fertile based on that -- usually for several days after your period. But that’s based on an averages and women’s cycles can vary a lot.

 

Body temperature rises after ovulation, so it’s only a clue for the next month.

So you want to be more exact and think you know your ovulation day. Better to have sex:

So you want to be more exact and think you know your ovulation day. Better to have sex:

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Because sperm can survive for several days inside your body, having sex before ovulation can help you get pregnant. The ideal window is 3 days: ovulation day and the 2 days before it.

 

Because eggs need to be fertilized within 24 hours after they’re released from ovaries, having sex a day or 2 later may be too late.

 

If you track your ovulation based on the calendar, you might want to have sex a few days before and after the expected date, because the actual day can shift from month to month. Remember, more can’t hurt.

It’s better to have sex in the morning than at night if you’re trying to get pregnant.

It’s better to have sex in the morning than at night if you’re trying to get pregnant.

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Time of day doesn’t matter. The most important thing is to try to have sex on your ovulation day and the 2 days before it.

Is it dangerous to get pregnant right after you stop taking the pill?

Is it dangerous to get pregnant right after you stop taking the pill?

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There’s no danger to you or your future baby if you get pregnant right after you stop taking the pill. But you may want to finish the pack before you start trying so you don’t get irregular bleeding. (And predicting your ovulation may be a challenge until your cycles are regular again.)

Which don’t you have to worry about if you’re trying for a baby?

Which don’t you have to worry about if you’re trying for a baby?

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Drinking one or two cups of coffee won’t hurt your chances of conceiving, and it's safe during pregnancy, too.

 

Why lay off cigarettes and dieting? Not only can smoking cause infertility, it can also make menopause start earlier.

 

Losing -- or gaining -- too much weight can disrupt your menstrual cycle. If you’re trying to get pregnant, eat a balanced, nutritious diet. Aim for a normal weight. Being underweight can lower your odds.

Avoid alcohol when you’re trying to get pregnant because:

Avoid alcohol when you’re trying to get pregnant because:

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Experts are divided over whether it's OK to drink alcohol when you’re trying to get pregnant. Some studies have shown it can make a woman less fertile, though others have shown it may help.

 

When deciding what you’ll do, remember that you might not know exactly when you get pregnant. Studies have shown that drinking alcohol during  pregnancy, even early pregnancy, can cause birth defects.   

While you’re trying to get pregnant, which should you use?

While you’re trying to get pregnant, which should you use?

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Store-bought lubricants can slow down sperm in the laboratory, so they may have the same effect in the bedroom. Canola or mineral oil are better bets for baby-making.

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Congratulations! You know a lot about the birds and the bees.

Not bad, but a lot of things may help you get pregnant. Read up and try again. And trying is the fun part, right?

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