(Closed) When to do it?

posted 6 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
441 posts
Helper bee

@Ballet513:  Sperm can live up to five days, I think, but most sources recommend having sex one to two days before ovulation. You can also have sex on the day you ovulate. The egg doesn’t live very long, so you’re usually out of luck if you miss ovulation by even a day.

Since you’re coming off BCP, you don’t actually know what your cycle is going to be like. The 28-day cycle on the pill is medically induced. You might ovulate today, but you might not ovulate for weeks. Some people regulate right away, and some take months. Those fertility planning sites aren’t very helpful until you have a couple of months of good data in there. Until then, it’s just estimating ovulation and stuff on the “typical” 28-day cycle. You should read Taking Charge of Your Fertility for more info. I found it to be really helpful.

Post # 5
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It couldn’t hurt to do it tonight!

We had sex only once during my last fertile window and I thought I had ovulated earlier that day so I figured it was highly unlikely that I’d get knocked up but I’m 5 weeks along.

Post # 6
441 posts
Helper bee

Sorry, I thought you weren’t sure of your day of ovulation. That would affect the answer to your question. If you got a positive OPK today, then you should be good to go. Even if you’ve already ovulated today, the egg should still live for 12-24 hours, I think. Like I said earlier, most sources recommend having sex during the two days before ovulation and on the day of ovulation, so if you’re ovulating today, then go for it!

Post # 7
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

@Ballet513:  Yes, you are supposed to BD before the egg is released. You can BD after you ovulate (today) as the ovum is alive for 12-24 hours after it’s released, but definitely do it ASAP – the clock is ticking! But like twofortheshow said, your cycle could not have regulated right away. Some women regulate RIGHT away and other take several weeks or months.

ETA:  Just saw your update. Yes, get your BD on! You usually release an egg 1-2 days after your smiley

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