It took me nearly six months to get pregnant with my son, Henry. The first three months were kind of a sexual free for all. You know, unprotected sex whenever, fingers crossed it would do the trick. The last three months were filled with carefully timed sex. You know, marking up the calendar with the dates I was ovulating and all that jazz.
We did it every single night I was ovulating, just to make damn sure one of his little suckers would score a touchdown. You know, I figured more sex equals more sperm equals more changes to get knocked up. But apparently, all that sex may have been too much and timing it for just the days the ovulation kit said I was allegedly ovulating may have been too little.
I was reading an article on Parenting.com in which the writer, Rachelle Vander Schaaf, interviewed Donna Day Baird, Ph.D., an epidemiologist with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Dr. Baird’s advice on the best way to get pregnant? Simple:
“Have sex two to three times a week, and you’ll have the time period covered.”
If you’re relying on an ovulation test to figure out those allegedly perfect days to get pregnant you may end up missing a bunch of other fertile days.
She’s found that the “window of fertility” — between days 10 and 17 of the cycle, beginning in the five days before ovulation — may be too narrow. In Baird’s study of 213 women who all had regular cycles, 70 percent had a fertility peak earlier or later.
So, forget ovulation tests, just figure out the week you’re ovulating and do it a couple times and you’re good.
What do you think? How long did it take you to get pregnant? Did you use an ovulation test kit? Did you do it every night like me, just to “be sure” or did you take it easy like the good doc recommends?