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Sex and TTC - When and How Often?

Q: Is it better to make love the day of, the day after, or before one obtains egg-white cervical mucus? I know the best way to take the stress out of TTC is to make love two to three times per week during one's cycle, but I am a little confused.

A: It's easy

to get confused. The reason why it's suggested to make love regularly, two to three times per week, is not just to take the stress out of TTC (though in and of itself that doesn't sound like a bad idea). The reason why it's suggested to make love two to three times per week, every week, is that this will probably get you pregnant faster because you won't miss the day of ovulation. Egg-white cervical mucus first appears a couple of days before ovulation. But you can ovulate even without EWCM. To try and "time" sex by EWCM and making love just when you are about to ovulate based on EWCM has never been conclusively shown to improve your chances of getting pregnant, because ovulation does not always happen exactly when you expect it. And making love after ovulation won't get you pregnant.


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