How Having Sex When You're Not Fertile Can Help You Conceive a Baby

If you're trying to conceive, you are probably very aware of your monthly fertility window, those magical five or six days a month when pregnancy can occur. You take your temperature, check your cervical mucus, put on that sexy teddy -- it's time to make a baby! But despite all of your careful calculations, the pregnancy pee stick doesn't always display the + sign you're after.

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The reason? It could be because you're not having enough sex when you're not fertile.

According to a new study published in Fertility and Sterility, having frequent sex -- during "non-fertile" periods -- will prepare your immune system for pregnancy so that when you are fertile, you're more likely to get pregnant. (The immune system is important to conception because it helps make sure sperm is welcomed and not attacked as a foreign invader.) The more sex you have, the more your immune system thinks "it's time to make a baby!" and gets your body ready.

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Researchers aren't exactly sure how having sex during your non-fertile window improves your fertility, but they think that the more your immune system gets the message that it's time to make a baby, the more you could eventually increase your chances of getting pregnant.

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The bottom line? Experts recommend that if you are trying to get pregnant, you should have sex two or three times a week and not just when you're fertile. It makes it more likely that you'll hit a fertile window without looking for it.

It's also just a nice reminder that even though you're trying so hard for a baby, sex on its own is fun. So take the pressure off. You never know what might happen.

 

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