Does It Make Sense To Continue To Have Sex After Ovulation Stops When Trying To Become Pregnant?

By: Sandy Dean: I sometimes hear from people who are trying to become pregnant as soon as possible. Because of this, they know that they may have to be more deliberate about the timing of their love making. Sure, you can become pregnant by just having sex whenever you feel like it and letting nature take its course, but this might take longer than if you tested for ovulation and then had sex on or around that time in a very deliberate way.

Many people aren’t sure how far to take this though. They will test for ovulation, get a positive, and then be unsure as to when or if they should stop having sex in an attempt to conceive. So, I might hear a comment like: “I understand why people chose to abstain before ovulation happens. They are trying to make sure that their sperm count is high. But what about after ovulation? Does it make sense to keep having sex a couple of days after you get the positive reading? Because at that point, ovulation would have stopped and you are not likely to become pregnant.”

This Depends Upon If There Is A Gender You’d Prefer: My answer to this question really depends upon if you care about your baby’s gender and, if so, which gender you prefer. Here’s why. Having sex prior to ovulation gives you a better chance to conceive a girl baby because the early timing isn’t friendly to the short-lived, boy-producing sperm. By conceiving this early, you are hoping that many of the boy sperm will no longer be present by the time that the fertilization takes place. However, if you are in the situation where are definitely trying for a girl baby, then it is best to stop having sex once you get the positive ovulation reading.

The reason for this is that having sex after ovulation favors a boy baby for the reasons that I described above. If the boy sperm are present at the time of conception (and they are more likely to be if you have sex after ovulation) then they have a slight advantage because they are faster to the egg. So, if you want a boy, your best bet is to wait to get that positive ovulation reading and then go ahead and have sex. From a gender standpoint, continuing to have sex after ovulation if you want a boy isn’t going to hurt your goal. But if you want a girl, this isn’t something that you’d want to do.

Concerns About The Health Of The Sperm After Ovulation: Now, some people are of the mind set that you should stop having sex a couple of days after ovulation because you are increasing your chances of having weak sperm fertilize your egg and this increases the chances of having a miscarriage or a troubled pregnancy. There are lots of differences of opinion about this. But if this is something that worries or concerns you, then there is no harm is stopping intercourse shortly after ovulation and then resuming it well afterwards, knowing that, since you have already ovulated, you are very unlikely to become pregnant until the next month anyway.

It really just depends upon your comfort level and on the baby gender that you want. If you’re attempting to get a girl baby, it would go against your goal to continue to have sex. This timing would be more favorable to a boy baby, but if you’re worried about fertilizing her egg with deteriorating sperm, then it might make sense to relax your conception attempts until you are sure ovulation is more than over.

Plus, it’s not just timing that is important.  If you truly want a specific gender, you’ll also want to consider your diet and PH and the sexual positions used.  If you’d like more specific information on how all of this fits together, I’ve put together a few websites that explain it step by step. If you want a boy baby, check out http://conceive-a-boy-baby.com If you want a girl, see http://conceive-a-girl-baby.com

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