Marathon sex

rabbitsI was reading today about someone’s “absolutely reliable” way of conceiving.  She said you need to have sex for ten days straight – five days before and five days after ovulation. And positively no cheating with “I’m too tired tonight!”

Absolutely reliable?  Well… there’s good reason to think it couldn’t hurt. Since most of us don’t know exactly when we ovulate, the five days before and after the date you think you’ll ovulate covers most bases.  A woman’s egg is fertile for only 12 to 24 hours after its release from the ovary. A man’s sperm can live up to 72 hours after intercourse. So the best time to have sex if you’re trying to conceive is a few days before ovulation (ovaries release an egg every month, about 14 days before the first day of a woman’s period) and the day of ovulation.  The closer intercourse is to ovulation, the more likely it is you’ll get pregnant.

Check out our ovulation calculator to get an idea of your most fertile days.  You also can check your basal body temperature to try to better pinpoint your ovulation date.  Once you have a good idea of when that is, make a pact to act like rabbits for ten days.  No guarantees, but it’s worth a try.  And it might be fun… or exhausting!

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2 Responses to “Marathon sex”

  1. |ris Says:

    I think this might be wrong, as the sperm count in a man’s ejaculation decreases if there is too much sex, like rabbits. So having sex every other day around the time of ovulation may be a better option. I’m not an expert, but I recall reading about this somewhere.

  2. Lindsay Says:

    Iris, you read and remember correctly. It’s true that if you have sex often the number of sperm will temporarily decrease, but the average ejaculation releases semen with up to a billion sperm cells in it. Hundreds of millions swim up through the woman’s reproductive organs. While only a fraction of them reach the egg in the fallopian tube, it only takes one sperm to fertilize it.

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