Trying for a baby? This is how often you should be doing IT 7 years ago

Trying for a baby? This is how often you should be doing IT

If you have decided that 2016 is the year you want to get knocked up, the idea that you have sex to get there is hardly revolutionary.

But; if you think it is sufficient just to get down to business when you think you are ovulating, you might be in for a bit of a surprise.

According to experts, busy people (i.e. most of us) tend to plan to have sex when they are ovulating, not realizing that predicting ovulation can be tricky and incorrect as many women have irregular cycles.

In fact, according to Dr Geetha Venkat, a consultant gynaecologist and director of Harley Street Fertility Clinic in London, the most common problem for couples not conceiving is simply a lack of regular intercourse.

These days, she explained to MailOnline recently, our busy lifestyles with long hours and stressful jobs leaves many of us too tired for regular sex (I know; it's all sorts of tragic, really!), meaning that more and more couples are scheduling in baby-making sex to try and conceive.

"Modern life is is leading to these infertility problems," says Venkat, "People have mental stress, they might have a stressful time in the workplace. So they lose that sexual feeling."

Yikes, guys. Have we lost our mojos?!


The doctor's order? Have sex at least three times a week, and ideally both one day before and after your 'ovulation window', as it can take up to a day for the sperm to reach the egg.

Having sex this frequently will also, according to the expert, ensure there is always a supply of good sperm in the womb, ready to fertilise the egg and create a baby.

In fact, the more sex a man has, the better quality sperm he will have, advises the doctor.

"Having sex regularly flushes out the old sperm and improves sperm quality," she explains. "Old sperm contain abnormal sperm, which is not good for fertilising the egg. If men ejaculate more regularly, they release fresh sperm, which collects in the storehouse if sperm in the testicles, and is faster and stronger, better at fertilising the egg."

Basically; this is a doctor's order to have sex like bunnies. Now, if this news isn't going to make your man happy, ladies, we don't know what will.

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