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LuvBug1978 posted:
My OBGYN Lady Doctor told me to count 10 days from day one of your period... so I just started my period Friday December 2nd, so I will count ten days and on December 12th I will have sex with my husband every other day. Good luck!
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David K Walmer, MD, PhD responded:
This is an excellent strategy. For those who want to understand why, here is an explanation. If a woman is having normal ovulatory cycles, i.e. she is releasing an egg every month, her ovulation will occur 14 days before her next menstrual period. Her fertile window is the 3-5 day period leading up to the ovulation, i.e. release of the egg. The fertile period starts when the water content of the cervical mucous increases to allow the sperm to get into the cervix. Some women notice this increase in mucous because the vaginal secretions become more slippery. The cervix is a reservoir for sperm that holds sperm and releases them continuously for days after intercourse. The couple's goal is to fill the reservoir not to time the insemination of the egg. The sperm live for days but the egg is receptive to the sperm for less than 24 hours. That said the sperm need to wait for the egg, not vice versa. Intercourse in the fertile window is procreation and intercourse outside of the fertile window is recreation. Good luck!
jon3brn replied to David K Walmer, MD, PhD's response:
what if your spouses sperm count and motility are low. Wont loading the resevoir as you say be a bad thing?

tewezzy12 replied to David K Walmer, MD, PhD's response:
what if you tryin to conceive twins? how is that possible?
AshleyNapier responded:
thats what my OB/GYN told me too has it worked for you yet?

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