Fertility expert , encourages her clients to get jiggy regularly because it can improve sperm quality.
- Should you be doing it all day, every day for optimal chances of having a baby?
- Will that quickie five minutes before you leave work make a difference?
- Is it best if you both find jobs where you can work from home, strip naked and bone 24/7?
- Yes – if we’re to believe recent findings.
According to research published by Indiana University in two journals’ including Fertility and Sterility’ and in ‘Physiology and Behavior’, having more sex causes changes in the immune system that could help you get pregnant.
The findings relied on data from a study of 30 female participants, all with similar lifestyles, barring one defining factor – their sex lives. Half of them were actively having sex at the time (and using some form of birth control, as none were trying to get pregnant) and the other half went without.
Results showed changes in the immune system for the women who were being sexually active, which could improve fertility odds, while the other women saw no change in cells.
But given this research didn’t take into account conception, illness or infection, is it really accurate and can frequent sex help you along the way to having a baby?
Fertility expert, Emma Cannon, encourages her clients to get jiggy regularly because it can improve sperm quality.
‘It is important for couples to have sex throughout the month and not just target ovulation,’ she said.
‘This is because it is healthier for sperm to turn over regularly, which is achieved through ejaculating regularly. Many couples make the mistake of just having sex around the fertile window, which is very variable and hard to pinpoint accurately; by doing so they may also be impacting on the quality of the sperm.
‘With couples having frozen embryo transfers, I always encourage them to have sex before 8am in the morning of transfer and the morning after transfer; research suggests that substances in sperm may prime the woman’s body aiding implantation of the embryo.’
It may seem obvious, but the frequency a couple is having sex can make a real difference,’ said Dr Victoria Walker, an expert at the infertility centre, Insitut Marques, said.
‘Couples who have sex a couple of times a week are more likely to conceive than those who have sex once a week.
‘This is because your partner’s sperm count and quality is negatively affected if it’s retained in the body for more than three days.
‘Studies have shown that the best way to maintain a high quality of sperm is to have sex every 48 hours – however, I don’t recommend that couples put pressure on this so that sex becomes a chore.’
But having a baby isn’t just down to sperm quality. Let’s not forget about the all-important menstrual cycle.
‘For women there are approximately six days per menstrual cycle during which sexual intercourse can lead to pregnancy,’ said Dr Lucy Buckley, from Dr Fertility.
‘This period of time is known as a woman’s fertile window. Ovulation itself only last for 12-24 hours, meaning there is only a finite time per cycle when conception can occur.
‘However, your fertile window is a six-day period of time commencing five days before ovulation and including the day you ovulate, because sperm can live inside the female body for up to five days.
‘Having sexual intercourse regularly (every one to two days) during your fertile window is a relaxed way to increase your chances of getting pregnant. But, if not possible, having sex two to three times per week is adequate.’
Thankfully, there’s tech to help you on your way, including ovulation test kits and fertility monitors.
Do bare in mind that this is general advice on fertility that won’t apply in all scenarios – if you’re experiencing fertility issues, for instance.
Before you decide to go on a sex spree, chat to your GP or other healthcare professional, please.