What Is Timed Intercourse?

Conception delay is a cause for concern among couples. Why? Because even though they have intercourse regularly, conception still does not happen. This may even lead couples into thinking that they are infertile.

When to have intercourse

A woman typically has a 28-day cycle. Ovulation happens around the 14th day of her cycle. This means that a woman’s most fertile period are days 11-17. Of course not all women have 28-day cycles. The key is to know how long your cycle is. This knowledge lets you know when ovulation occurs and when your most fertile days are. Also, keep in mind that after you ovulate, that egg will live for only about 24 hours. However, a man’s sperm can survive for about 48-72 hours inside a woman’s reproductive tract.

Experts suggest timing intercourse, appropriately – that is during a woman’s ovulation. Fertility experts recommend having intercourse at least every other day before and after ovulation.

Predicting ovulation

You can resort to charting your cycle on a calendar. Or you can use a BBT (basal body temperature) chart. To measure your BBT, simply take your temperature every morning right after you wake up. A half degree rise in temperature after two days indicates that there is an increase in your lutenizing hormones (LH) which means ovulation has occurred.

Ovulation predictor kits are also available at drug stores. OPKs measure you LH level just before ovulation.

However, despite being aware of your cycle and materials available to help you predict ovulation, timed intercourse is still not a surefire shot to conception. For one thing, a lot of women have irregular cycles, so it would be difficult to predict ovulation.

Also for instance, OPK testing is every 24 hours, but ovulation may already have occurred by the time you first test positive, so says Babymed.com.

The site recommends having intercourse 2-3 times every week to be sure that there is sperm present when you ovulate (since sperm lives for 42-72 hours). You may also want to have intercourse daily on the days leading to ovulation to improve your chances.