Does the frequency of intercourse influence my chances of falling pregnant?
While sloppy and spontaneous sex may be your norm, sex during your fertile window can be more intentional, and timed to increase your chances of falling pregnant.
Aimee Lewis of Flow Naturopathy recommends sex “once every alternate day in the fertile period is definitely sufficient, but if you want to go daily there is no harm.” She references studies which suggest unprotected sex specifically 2 days before ovulation allow for the highest probability of pregnancy.
According to expert Clinical Naturopath Leah Hechtman, there’s a common misunderstanding that multiple ejaculations reduce a man’s ability to have children. However, a study looked at almost 10,000 men who had normal sperm quality and found that even those who ejaculated every day still had normal sperm. What’s actually more important, she notes, is that men who have problems with low sperm count and poor sperm movement may have a better chance of having children if they ejaculate more often, like every day.
Stress plays a role in reproductive health, so it’s worth noting sex frequency is ultimately best defined by the couple’s own preference so as not to negatively influence outcomes here.