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(Myth) Having sex every day will increase our chances of conceiving.

(Truth) Having sex during the most fertile days of a woman's monthly cycle will increase her chances of conceiving, but having sex every day will not. 

The highest rates of pregnancy are seen when a couple has intercourse every 1-2 days during the fertile window: usually the six-day interval ending on the day of ovulation. Generally, ovulation occurs 14 days prior to the next menses (period), so a woman with a 28-day cycle will ovulate around cycle day 14 (that is 14 days after the start of her last menstrual period).  

If you want more information on fertility treatment options, you can talk to a fertility specialist.13 

 

 


13. American Society for Reproductive Medicine (2012) Optimizing Natural Fertility. Available at:  www.reproductivefacts.org/Optimizing_Natural_Fertility_factsheet/

(Myth) A woman's menstrual cycle begins when she starts spotting. 

(Truth) If you're trying to time intercourse, identifying the first day of your reproductive cycle is critical.

Interestingly, a woman's menstrual flow starts on the first day of normal bleeding or full flow, not when spotting begins. Being off by just a day or two can make a big difference.

You can learn more about this by talking to your doctor, fertility specialist or reproductive endocrinologist.

(Myth) I can wait until I'm 40 to conceive. 

(Truth) Getting pregnant at any age is not guaranteed.

And as a woman gets older it may become increasingly difficult to conceive, despite what you may have heard. As you make your decision on when to start a family, keep these fertility facts in mind:

  • At 30, a healthy woman has about a 20% chance per month of conceiving;
  • By the time a woman reaches 40, her chances drop to about 5% per month.14

If you want more information on fertility treatment options, you can talk to a fertility specialist.

 

 


14. American Society for Reproductive Medicine (2012) Age and Fertility. Birmingham, Alabama. www.asrm.org

(Myth) We've already had one child, so conceiving again will be easy.

(Truth) There's no guarantee. Each case is different.

Many Americans experience secondary infertility, or have trouble getting pregnant with second or subsequent children. One reason for infertility may be age-related.

If you want more information on fertility treatment options, you can talk to a fertility specialist.