Each month, an egg is released just before your menstrual period begins. It then makes a five-day journey through one of the fallopian tubes before it reaches the uterus. This time is called ovulation.
Many women worry that having sex during ovulation or implantation can hurt their baby. However, the truth is that sex does not impact ovulation or fertilization and it cannot interfere with embryo implantation.
It’s OK to have sex
Getting pregnant is a stressful time for couples. Many are concerned that they’ll accidentally shake the embryo loose during sex. This is a valid concern, since the embryo is very small. However, sex during the implantation window doesn’t increase your chances of having a miscarriage. In fact, it’s actually safer to have sex during this window than not having sex at all. The implantation window occurs about five to seven days after ovulation, during the luteal phase of the cycle. This is also known as the fertile window. During this period, the fertilized egg will implant in the uterus. While it is important to avoid intercourse during this period, it is also okay to have sex if you want to. However, it’s best to avoid sex and female orgasms during this time, as they can cause the uterus to contract.
Whether you’re trying to get pregnant the old-fashioned way or using fertility treatments like in vitro fertilization (IVF), it’s normal to be anxious about whether sex is safe during the two-week wait. In unassisted attempts at pregnancy, sex is perfectly fine during the two-week wait. Embryos used in IVF undergo genetic testing, so doctors know whether the embryos are viable. Embryos that aren’t able to implant will not survive.
If you’re using fertility treatment, it’s best to skip the sex until after the transfer. The reason for this is that sex can interfere with the results of the genetic test. Besides, there are other ways to bond with your partner and express love for them.
It’s not going to hurt your baby
In a natural pregnancy, conception happens when sperm fertilize an egg. This process can happen up to six days after sex, depending on your cycle and whether you used protection or not. Conception can also occur after in vitro fertilization (IVF). In IVF, an egg is mixed with sperm in a lab, and the fertilized embryo is placed into the uterus that will carry the baby.
After the zygote has travelled down your fallopian tube, it will attach to the lining of your uterus. This is called implantation. Sometimes the embryo doesn’t implant, and you will have a miscarriage. Miscarriages can have many causes, and sex doesn’t usually play a role.
If you have sex during this time, it will not hurt your baby. However, if you’re not sure whether it’s possible to get pregnant, it may be better to avoid sexual activity until after you have had a positive pregnancy test or a missed period.
It’s important to use lubricants that are safe for sperm, and to avoid having sex with unprotected partners. There are many different types of lubricants, so be sure to read the label to make sure that the product is sperm-friendly. You can also try avoiding penetrative sex, especially in the late stages of your pregnancy, because it could cause damage to the cervix.
It’s not going to prevent implantation
A common myth that many fertility patients believe is that sexual activity during the time of implantation will prevent embryo implantation. The truth is that it’s not going to do this and the implantation process will go on as normal. Embryo implantation happens during the female reproductive cycle when a fertilized egg implants into the uterine wall. In fact, many couples still engage in sexual activity even after they have conceived and it doesn’t appear to have any effect on the implantation process.
The peri-implantation window is usually about five to nine days after ovulation and three to nine days before the end of the menstrual cycle. Studies have shown that when couples have sex during this period, they are 40% less likely to get pregnant than couples who do not have any sex during the same time frame.
However, it is important to note that it is not a good idea to have sex every day during this time frame because it can lead to the onset of irregular menstrual cycles, a condition known as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is an infertility-related condition caused by hormonal imbalances and can be very difficult to diagnose and treat.
It’s also important to know that a woman is able to have an orgasm while she is waiting for implantation to take place. In fact, orgasms during the two-week wait may actually help with ovulation and may speed up the implantation process.
It’s not going to prevent pregnancy
There is a popular myth that sex during the implantation window will prevent pregnancy. However, there is no evidence that this is true. In fact, a large study found that having sex in the five to nine days after ovulation significantly reduces the chances of pregnancy.
The best way to prevent pregnancy is to use a barrier method. The most effective methods are IUDs and implants. But barrier methods require some effort and planning from you and your partner. You must also make sure to use them correctly for the best results.
Many couples find it easier to conceive using natural family planning techniques, like tracking your menstrual cycle and knowing when you’re most fertile. During your fertile window, the mucus in your vagina gets thinner, clearer and more slippery, which makes it harder for sperm to reach and fertilize an egg. This is why it’s important to avoid sex on these days.
It’s also a good idea to use lubricant during sex to help the sperm move through your vagina. The type of lubricant you choose doesn’t affect your chances of conception, but the position you have during sex will. Several studies suggest that deep penetration (through positions such as rear-entry and missionary) is better for sex than lighter penetration, which can increase your chances of fertilization.