Predicting Ovulation & Timing Intercourse

Many treatments for infertility begin with your fertility specialist or reproductive endocrinologist helping you predict precisely when ovulation should occur. This involves charting your menstrual cycle and monitoring your basal body temperature.27

Fertility experts generally recommend that the best time to have sex is every other day before and after you ovulate.28

This is because the egg that has matured in a woman’s ovary and is released during ovulation travels through one of the fallopian tubes for about 24 hours, while a man’s sperm can live in the reproductive tract for up to 72 hours.

Your fertility specialist may also suggest an ovulation predictor kit that measures increases in your luteinizing hormone level just before you ovulate. Available without a prescription, these kits can usually predict ovulation 24 to 36 hours in advance.

For more information, you and your partner can visit a fertility specialist or fertility clinic if you are concerned about fertility.

27. American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Infertility: An Overview, 2012, p6

28. American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Optimizing Natural Fertility, 2012