The Importance Of Having Sexual Intercourse Just Before Ovulation

If you have a good understanding of the process of ovulation, you may well be aware of the significance of having sexual intercourse just before ovulation. For those who just have a vague idea of this process, it will be meaningful to discuss briefly how ovulation takes place and why it is important to have an intercourse before ovulation.

Ovulation takes place when certain hormones are generated by your pituitary gland signaling the ovary to release an egg. The egg thus released is ready for mating with a sperm which results in fertilization. If the egg is not fertilized, after some days, it is flush out from your body. This is what you call a menstrual period. Then, a brand new egg is again released and the process continues in a cyclic manner. A normal ovulation cycle is completed in 28 days. And the first day of your menstrual period is also the first day of your ovulation cycle.

Now, it will also be worthwhile to discuss briefly the life span of an egg and a sperm. An egg has a shorter lifespan than a sperm. After it is released by the ovary an egg survives for about twenty-four hours. The sperm in contrast is more vigorous and can survive for up to seventy-two hours after being released.

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Now, if you have a sexual intercourse more than a day after ovulation, the prospects of the sperm fertilizing the egg is reduced significantly. But if you have an intercourse before you ovulate, the sperm can wait for the egg to be released and once the egg is released, it can fertilize it. This is where the timing of sexual intercourse can be a determining factor in how quickly a woman conceives. This is why fertility doctors advise couples to have intercourses a few days before ovulation and the day of ovulation.

Now the dilemma is how you will come to know that you are ovulating. Generally this process takes place fourteen days before the first day of the menstrual period. So, if your menstrual periods are quite regular, you can do a rough calculation. Couples can also buy an ovulation predictor kit.



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