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How long after your period is over should you wait to have sex in order to get pregnant?

21 October 2009 9 Responses

A Parent asks, My husband and I are trying to concieve… My period ended thursday. How long should we wait to have sex in order to get pregnant. Should we start trying now? And how long does it take for ovulation to start after the period is over? What I mostly want to know is after your period is over when is the best time to have sex in order to get pregnant?

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  • chelsea v said:


    immediately after, or within the first 5 days after. all 3 times i got pregnant was within this time. maybe thats why the bible says not to have sex during your period because you and he will be more anxious to resume your sex lives after abstaining for 5-7 day then ur most fertile and more likely to concieve

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  • Jazmyne R said:


    right away!! you’ll be ovulating then

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  • happy74 said:


    usually you would ovulate until 2 weeks after the first day of your period. so in your case the 17th. However, i would have sex a few days before, on the 17th and a few days after just to make sure. Sperm can survive for about 3-5 days in your body, so you may ovulate later or earlier than the 17th, so this way you will cover all bases! best of luck!

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  • dejavu said:


    if you have a 28 day cycle then you ovulate around day 14, but as early as the 10th.
    count the first day you started your period (normal flow, spotting doesn’t count) when you get to the 14th around that time. but it could be as early as the 10th day so day around that time. (this has worked for me three times)
    also pay attention to you cervical mucas (cm) or discharge, when it is runny like egg whites, kind of stringy. that is just before you ovulate so do the baby dance.
    good luck!!!!

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  • nanook said:


    I start having sex every other day when my period ends. I do that until five days before I suspect ovulation and then we start having sex every day until one day after ovulation is confirmed. You might want to read the book “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. It tells you what you need to know to ttc. It tells you how to pinpoint ovulation and how to chart your cycles so you can maximize your chances at conceiving and you can also spot any problems that might be occurring and inhibiting conception. Good luck!

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  • monalisa said:


    After a 5-day period, wait 4-5 days and have sex every day for the next 5 days. This should cover your most fertile days.

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  • Lovin' My Hubby said:


    if you have a normal 28 day cycle then you will ovulate on day 14 which is 14 days after the FIRST day of your last period. it is best to start by the 10th day and continue thru the 18th day having sex every other day. (skipping a day lets the sperm rebuild). BABY DUST!

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  • katgrl_2 said:


    You normally ovulate 12-14 days after the first day of your period. The best way to know if you are fertile, is to use an ovulation test. Start testing by day 10 or 11, and keep testing till you get a positive result. You can also start having sex on day 10, and have sex every other day for about six days. Every other day is best, since having sex every day could weaken the sperm that are released. In order to get pregnant, you need the healthiest sperm possible. Good luck!

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  • Chels said:


    There is no ‘magic number’ to add or subtract – every woman’s cycle is different.

    Your best bet in pinpointing ovulation, and your most fertile time of the month, is to start charting and watching your fertility signs. Buy a basal thermometer and take your temp first thing every morning – at the same time every day – before you even get out of bed. Before you do anything at all. Note the temp. When you ovulate, your temp will rise and stay elevated above the pattern you note for pre-ovulation temps. Your cervical mucus will typically tell you when ovulation is coming. It will be watery, or like egg whites. That’s the fertile stuff that keeps sperm alive while you are waiting to ovulate. This is also why you’re fertile for a few days ‘before’ ovulation. The sperm can live and lie in wait for the egg.

    You can also buy ovulation strips to test for lueteinizing hormone (you’ll have a surge of it 12-36 hours before ovulation), but keep in mind that when you test for ovulation the test line must be *as dark or darker than the control line. * Two lines do not equal a positive on the ovulation tests.

    Check out this site: http://www.fertilityfriend.com

    There is a charting course there that you can take for free, and free software to chart your temps. The first day of your period is ‘cycle day 1.’ I typically ovulate on cycle day 12, but have actually ovulated on cycle day 10 before and as late as cycle day 15. This variation in ovulation days is why some women’s cycle lengths vary. The time between ovulation and your period (the ‘luteal’ phase) will not vary more than a day, maybe two. But the time between your period and ovulation can vary more than that. Chart a few cycles and you’ll see your own fertility pattern.

    Good luck!

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