Can having sex too often decrease our chances for success and how often should we have sex in the middle of my cycle?

To maximize a couples chances intercourse is recommended starting from day 11 of the period up to day 18 of period Frequency preferably being once a day to once every alternate day If a semen analysis is normal having intercourse every 24 hours is also not a problem but with lower sperm counts this may actually be too frequent Having intercourse more frequently than once a day may actually decrease the number of mature sperm that are present Therefore more than once a day is not recommended and possibly could lower the chances for success

For a semen analysis can the woman help with collection and in what ways

When a man is producing a semen specimen for either analysis or to use for IUI and sperm washing a wife could help with the collection She could be present to help the man achieve an erection and also by direct stimulation No lubricants can be utilized Also non-toxic condom may be preferred by some couples This is a special condom that can collect the sperm Intercourse could take place with the condom worn by the male partner The specimen can be collected in the condom and then placed in a sterile container and given to the lab

Is there any one position that is more effective than another

There does not appear to be any one position that is more favorable for conception than any other

How could my husband be sterile He can always get an erection so this does not seem possible

It is possible to achieve an erection without having a normal ejaculate or normal sperm count An erection is necessary for an ejaculate to be produced but just because he gets an erection and semen is produced this does not mean that a sperm count and semen analysis is necessarily normal

Does douching affect fertility

It is not recommended to douche (wash vagina with water) after intercourse as this process may kill or wash away possible fertile sperm and reduce chances of conception At other times of the menstrual cycle douching is allowed but is not medically necessary

I have worn tampons forever Can that negatively affect my chances for getting pregnant

There is no evidence to show us that tampon use decreases success for pregnancy It is still recommended that regular changing of tampons is followed in order to prevent Toxic Shock Syndrome but there have been no associated infection rate or fertility problems with tampon use

When I was younger I had an abortion (my husband does not know) Could this be the reason we have not conceived

Abortion has not been shown to lower a womans success rate for pregnancy in the future However if an infection occurred around that time as with any other procedures there may be tubal damage and abnormalities If no symptoms of fever prolonged bleeding or pain occurred after the procedure this is extremely unlikely

Should my husband stay in for a period of time after we have had sex

This should not be necessary Once ejaculation has occurred it is not necessary for the penis to remain in the vagina for any length of time Sperm swim very quickly through the vagina and the cervical mucous into the uterus

Do I need to lie down for a while after sex

Many people recommend resting for a period of time after intercourse Half an hour should be adequate as sperm swim very quickly into the genital tract Keeping a pillow under the hips for that half an hour can be sufficient

If I do not have orgasm can I still get pregnant

Absolutely Orgasm is not essential for either sperm to travel up into the uterus or for fertilization to subsequently occur

If I do not have orgasm can I still get pregnant

Absolutely Orgasm is not essential for either sperm to travel up into the uterus or for fertilization to subsequently occur

I contracted a venereal disease (STD Sexually Transmitted Diseases) when I was a teen Could this be the cause of my infertility

Certain venereal diseases are associated with fallopian tube damage most notably chlamydia and gonorrhea Other sexually transmitted diseases are not These include herpes human papilloma virus and trichomonas It is important for your physician to take a careful history to determine if any sexually transmitted diseases are present However at times a chlamydial infection may be very silent and symptoms may not occur Also certain sexually transmitted diseases could be carried together Therefore if a viral sexually transmitted disease such as HPV or herpes has occurred it is important to report this history to your doctor but those particular viruses are not associated with fallopian tube damage

After sex most of the semen comes out of the vagina Is my husband not doing it right

It is normal for some amount of semen to spill out as the volume of a collapsed vagina is less than the volume of the ejaculate As long as the semen quality is good it does not reduce chances of pregnancy If poor it might help to go in for an IUI (Intra uterine insemination) where this loss of a part of the semen is overcomed This is because the entire motile sperm population in a sample is transferred into the uterus to improve the likelihood of pregnancy in comparison to trying naturally