Getting Pregnant Faster
Old wives' tales and myths abound - but there are some things you really can do to get pregnant faster and easier!
But what if your periods aren't regular?
" If your cycle is irregular, between 26 and 29
days, for example, then you are probably ovulating somewhere between day 12 and
day 15," he says.
In this instance, Goldstein says consider having sex from day
nine through day 16.
"If you have sex every other day, start on day 9, then have
it on 11, 13, 15, and 16 for the highest likelihood of conception," says
To help you further hone in on your most fertile time, both
Goldstein and Winer say ovulation predictor kits can help. But, says Winer, be
certain to read the directions carefully, since every kit works a little
differently in terms of how and when it predicts ovulation and that can
influence the timing of intercourse.
Because a rise in body temperature also correlates with
ovulation, many couples use daily temperature readings to guide them to the
right time for conception. However, experts warn that most don't use the
information correctly, and also wind up missing their pregnancy opportunity
month after month.
"Many couples believe they should have sex when a woman's
temperature rises; and throughout the years, many situation comedies and movies
have perpetuated that myth," says John F. Randolf, Jr. MD, division
director of reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of
Michigan Health System.
In truth however, Randolf tells WebMD that, once your
temperature goes up, it's probably already too late -- and your chances of
getting pregnant are slim.
"The correct way to use body temperature to predict
ovulation is to keep a daily chart for at least one or two months -- then use
that information to determine when your temperature is likely to rise
the next month, and start having sex several days prior to that," says
And how often should you "try" to conceive and can
there ever be "too much sex?"
Since it is sperm and not egg that is affected by the frequency
of intercourse, for a long time doctors believed that having sex every day
might decrease sperm count, making pregnancy more difficult. Today experts are
"I think the more times you have intercourse during your
'window of opportunity,' the more likely you are to get pregnant. I don't think
you should worry about having too much sex when you are trying to
conceive," Winer tells WebMD.
The same 1997 the New England Journal of Medicine
study cited previously found that having sex every day is slightly more likely
to result in pregnancy than intercourse every other day.
However, experts do caution couples not to put their love
making on a schedule. That, they say, just might decrease chances of
"The scientific evidence is scarce, but when you are
stressed, when love making is on 'schedule,' there is some data to show that
hormones may be affected, and that in turn could influence conception,"