1. Timing of sex or ‘trying’
Having sex on the day of ovulation does not increase the chances of conception. In fact, it may decrease a woman’s chances as many wait for ovulation before having sex, which may cause the to bypass their most fertile window. Instead, I tell my patients to have regular intercourse 2-3 times per week starting after your period stops and NOT monitor ovulation or use temperature graphs.
2. Coital position affects the chance of conception
Regardless of the position taken, sufficient sperm are deposited in the net of the womb and are able to begin their journey towards the egg.
3. Potency is improved by ‘saving up’ semen through infrequent intercourse
Abstaining from sex in order to accumulate sperm so that more are deposited during sex will not increase your chances of achieving conception. In fact, the stored, older sperm may be of inferior quality and even hinder the newly produced, healthier sperm from reaching the egg.
4. Lubricant makes it easier for sperm to slip, slide and get inside
Most lubricants change the pH or acid balance inside the vagina, and that in turn may affect sperm motility and ultimately prevent, or at least reduce the chances of a pregnancy occurring. Using natural vegetable products, such as olive oil, is less likely to cause sperm any serious problems.
5. Low level libido, failure of female orgasm inhibits conception
A woman does not need to achieve an orgasm in order to conceive. Continually trying to ﬁnd the right time to have sexual intercourse may place a strain on a couple’s lovemaking and this in turn may hinder their chances of getting pregnant!