Getting pregnant isn't always easy. Sure, some couples seem to conceive by simply giving one another a sexy wink, but for many, getting pregnant requires a little more work, like charting out ovulation cycles and synching up schedules with your partner. If you've been trying — and perhaps struggling — to have a baby, you might feel overwhelmed at how you can increase your chances at conception. Should you have sex every day to get pregnant, or every other day? Maybe only when you're ovulating? Fortunately, you can breathe a little easier, because the medical community provides a straightforward answer.
To get straight to the point, the Mayo Clinic reported that the highest pregnancy rates occur in couples who have sex every day or every other day (this might sound fun or exhausting, depending on your mood). So feel free to invest in some new lingerie, but keep in mind that you don't need to have sex more than once a day to get pregnant. A man's sperm needs time to mature and recharge, as pointed out in Self, and so getting busy multiple times in one day won't increase your probability of conceiving.
If you're looking for proven methods to up your chances of getting pregnant, there are steps you can take to maximize your fertility window. Because men are most fertile in the morning, you and your partner may want to set your alarms a little earlier to accommodate a little sexy time before you head into work, noted the American Pregnancy Association. If morning sex isn't an option, then you can try having frequent sex before you ovulate. Women are usually at their most fertile during the five days prior to ovulation, which is why Parents recommended tracking your temperature or checking your cervical mucus to pinpoint your ovulation cycle.
When you're trying to conceive, you'll probably have a ton on your mind, from eating the right foods to updating your ovulation chart to maximizing your fertility window as much as possible. It can all get exhausting so don't hesitate to take a break if you need one or meet with your doctor to talk things through. Your mental health is important, too, especially when you're trying to get pregnant.