An interesting study just came out this month feature in the American Journal of Maternal child nursing. It was by researchers Mu and Fehring and it was titled: Efficacy of Achieving Pregnancy with Fertility-Focused Intercourse. To read the abstract click here.
The researchers wanted to know if planning intercourse around the fertility days worked in couples getting pregnant. In the study some women monitored based on their body’s symptoms of ovulating or close to ovulation with specific focus to cervical mucous. (for more information on fertile cervical mucus click here). Other women monitored their symptoms based on an electronic device that was designed for the study to detect ovulation. The study found that when women were able to detect high-peak (fertile) days they had significantly higher rates of getting pregnant. Meaning that when they new what to look for and when to have intercourse they were more often successful at getting pregnant during these days.
There are some limitations or circumstances where this vary, women over 30 may still have difficultly getting pregnant even with “fertility-focused” intercourse and should seek the advice of a health care provider about alternatives if they have not become pregnant within 6 months of trying fertility-focused intercourse.
Mu, Q., & Fehring, R. J. (2013). Efficacy of achieving pregnancy with fertility-focused intercourse. MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing,39(1), 35-40.
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