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    ovulation calender help
    An_247928 posted:
    am using an ovulation calender to help get pregnant by knowing what days i am fertile. It says to have frequent intercourse on high fertile days and after ovulation.. I would like to know how important are the days in the month i am not fertile as far as conceiving .. and how likely are you to concieve with just ovulation calender
    Anon_145455 responded:

    What I have found thus far is that it is more effective to monitor ovulation through several methods. Using an OPK is probably the most effective method, however there is room for error, as you may miss your LH surge when testing. The best way to cover your bases is to have sex every other day throughout your cycle, as the sperm can live up to five days waiting for the egg. Hope this helps!
    David K Walmer, MD, PhD responded:
    Keeping a calendar and recording menstrual cycles can be a very informative way to time intercourse and to increase your chances of conceiving. Normal ovulatory cycles are commonly regular and predictable, between 27-35 days and associated with a 14 day luteal phase. The length of the luteal phase is the length of time between the LH surge (hormone detected in ovulation predictor kits) and the first day of the following menstrual cycle. Cervical mucus is impenetrable to sperm throughout most of a woman's menstrual cycle. However as the estrogen level increases leading up to ovulation, the water content of the mucus increases and it becomes receptive to sperm. Typically, the fertile window is 3-5 days just before ovulation. The ideal reproductive strategy is for men to ejaculate at least once in the week just before the fertile window and then at least once within the fertile window. The cervix acts as a reservoir and slowly releases sperm into the upper female reproductive tract for days after a single insemination. Couples that are having intercourse 2-3 times per week usually don't have to pay attention to timing of intercourse to achieve pregnancy. Having intercourse more frequently is fine as long as there is enough time for the prostate, seminal vesicles etc. to produce enough seminal fluid to deliver sperm into the vagina. A wet spot on the sheets is a good sign.

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