The Advanced Fertility Blog

What is Timed Intercourse?

As a starting point, well-timed sexual intercourse is the most natural and easiest methods for conceiving a baby. Timed intercourse does not mean having sex every day and, in fact, doing so may reduce your chances of getting pregnant. Timed intercourse is the first prescription for increasing your chances of having a baby.


Women Under 35

If you are a women under 35 and have not been able to get pregnant after one year of regular, unprotected sexual intercourse, you should seek help from a fertility specialist today.

Women Over 35

If you are women over 35, and have been trying unsuccessfully for six months to get pregnant by having regular, unprotected sexual intercourse, seek medical help today – not tomorrow.

Diagnostic Testing

Well-timed intercourse may become impeded with unexplained reproductive medical conditions. At Advanced Fertility Services, accurate diagnostic testing can determine a woman’s inability to get pregnant through:

Timed Intercourse

You can predict your ovulation window – the day you will ovulate – within one to two days by:

  • Using an over the counter ovulation test
  • Charting your basal body temperature

Timed intercourse is having sex every other day around the time of ovulation.

A woman is fertile approximately five days before she ovulates each month until 24 hours after ovulation. The sperm and egg have a limited survival time during this 6 day period – ovulation window.

  • Sperm has a lifespan of 5 days
  • Eggs have a lifespan of 24 hours after ovulation

The ovulation window is when the chance of pregnancy is highest. If a woman has sexual intercourse five days before she ovulates, her probability of pregnancy is about 10 percent. A recent study has shown that the chance of pregnancy following timed intercourse increases pregnancy rates between 14 and 23 percent.

The probability of pregnancy rises steadily until the two days before and including the day of ovulation. At the end of the ovulation window, the probability of pregnancy declines precipitously by 12 to 24 hours after ovulation. After this window, a woman is no longer able to get pregnant throughout the remainder of that single cycle.

Timed intercourse is one of the simplest and cost-effective treatment options for helping a couple to conceive a baby. Working with a fertility specialist to correctly time intercourse during a woman’s ovulation window should be considered.

Timed intercourse is only recommend for women:

  • Who have unobstructed fallopian tubes
  • Who have a normal uterine cavity
  • Whose partner does not have unexplained male factor infertility

Fertility Specialist Assisting Timed Intercourse

If you want help with your timed intercourse, Dr. Hugh D. Melnick is available for consultation via Skype. Click the icon below and enter your information – or – call 212.369.8700 to schedule your consultation at Advanced Fertility Center.