Conception

How to increase the chances of pregnancy? The woman needs to have more sex!

Want to increase your chances of pregnancy? And get pregnant in the shortest possible time?

Although it is necessary to have intercourse close to ovulation in order to have a baby, the woman should continue to have intercourse even on the so-called NON-fertile days in order to increase the chances of pregnancy.

It is known that even for males it is important to have  frequent intercourse even outside the best days to conceive , to maintain high sperm quality. So no abstinence longer than 5 days (because otherwise you need at least two ejaculations to eliminate old sperm.)

And for women?

Why should they increase the frequency of intercourse even on infertile days?

The answer comes from two new studies that have highlighted the importance of having sex even outside the fertile window .

Sexual activity in a woman’s body triggers important immune system responses  that prepare her for possible pregnancy. The results obtained from the studies are not only important in the light of pregnancy research but also for the treatment of autoimmune diseases.

Although the mechanism is not yet clear, couples should work constantly throughout the menstrual cycle (obviously not every day otherwise it could be boring) to favor those changes to the woman’s immune system that increase fertility and support the conception.

In the studies, which were published in the scientific journals Fertility and Sterility and Physiology and Behavior, researchers recruited 30 women, half of whom were sexually active, while the other half were not having sex. Saliva samples were collected and analyzed in 4 phases: during menstruation, during the follicular phase, during ovulation and in the luteal phase.

There were notable differences between the two groups in T lymphocyte levels (especially helper T lymphocytes type 1 and type 2) and in immunoglobulin (antibody) levels.

These changes, which occur in sexually active women and not in extinct ones, help to increase the likelihood of conception.

The woman’s body faces a very difficult dilemma. In order to protect itself, the body needs to defend itself against external invaders (bacteria, viruses, etc.). But if you apply this logic to sperm or a newly conceived embryo, pregnancy cannot occur or proceed. Therefore women undergo changes in their immune system in order to allow pregnancy,

In sexually active women, the researchers observed elevated levels of type 2 helper T cells during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, a time when the lining of the uterus, the endometrium, thickens to prepare for any conceived embryo. This type of T cell prevents the body from detecting the embryo and sperm as foreign bodies, thus allowing the embryo to conceive and implant.

Among sexually active women, the study authors also noted higher levels of type 1 helper T cells during the follicular phase of the menstrual cycle, when the follicles in the ovaries are maturing. Type 1 helper T cells help the body prevent external infections.

As far as immunoglobulins are concerned, there are always noticeable changes in sexually active women. Levels of immunoglobulin A, which is usually found in the mucous membranes of the female reproductive tract and can affect fertilization, are highest during the follicular phase. In addition, levels of immunoglobulin G, which are usually found in the blood to protect against external infections, were found to be increased in sexually active women during the luteal phase.

These changes do not occur in women who do not have sex.

According to researchers, therefore, the immune system responds to social behavior: sexual activity . Sexually active women thus prepare themselves for a possibility of pregnancy and thus for welcoming the entry of what would otherwise be seen as a ‘foreign body’.

Understanding how sex can cause changes in the immune response may help doctors treat disorders of the immune system, including autoimmune diseases.

For those looking for a baby, you now know that you have one more reason to increase the frequency of intercourse even if you are not on your fertile days.

In the stork’s beak!

Kathryn Barlow is an OB/GYN doctor, which is the medical specialty that deals with the care of women's reproductive health, including pregnancy and childbirth.

Obstetricians provide care to women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, while gynecologists focus on the health of the female reproductive system, including the ovaries, uterus, vagina, and breasts. OB/GYN doctors are trained to provide medical and surgical care for a wide range of conditions related to women's reproductive health.

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