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What is Timed Intercourse Anyway?

We’ve all heard the guidelines before: If you’re under the age of 35 and trying to conceive but still haven’t gotten pregnant after one year OR are over the age of 35 and have not gotten pregnant after six months, it may be time to consult a fertility doctor. At this point your fertility doctor may send you home with an Rx for "timed Intercourse" (TI).

But what exactly is well-timed or timed intercourse?

“Well-timed” intercourse means you are having sex around the time of ovulation, usually within one or two days of a positive ovulation test or spike in temperature if you are charting your basal body temperature (BBT).

Similarly, timed Intercourse means having sex every other day around the time of ovulation. Your cycle is typically monitored via ultrasound at the fertility clinic and might involve the use of fertility drugs. Once you are nearing ovulation, your fertility doctor will give you instructions to have timed intercourse. Timed intercourse does not mean having sex every day. This can actually decrease your chances of conceiving if sperm does not have time to build up a sufficient reserve.

Want to learn more about ovulation and timed intercourse? Check out these articles on
How Do I Know When I’m Ovulating?
Getting Pregnant: When Should You Have Sex?
Best Sexual Frequency for Pregnancy?
Timing Sex to Get Pregnant

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