Timed Intercourse

Timed intercourse is a simple treatment option in optimising your most fertile window and determining when the best time for you and your partner to have sex.

What is timed Intercourse?

Timed intercourse is a simple treatment to help couples pinpoint their most fertile window. Your fertility specialist will have you complete some standard tests including a blood test, a urine and ultrasound test to calculate when you are ovulating.

Knowing when you’re ovulating is an important step in getting pregnant and is typically the beginning point in a couple’s journey to conceive. In understanding your own fertility including knowing your cycle and day of ovulation, together with increasing the frequency of having sex during your most fertility window, can increase your chances of falling pregnant

Ovulation and Conception

What is ovulation?

During your menstrual cycle each month, an egg is released from your ovaries – this process is called ovulation.

When does ovulation begin?

Ovulation occurs on average 14 days before the start of your period. Women may ovulate anywhere between 12-18 days before their period starts.


Once the egg is released from the ovary, it moves to the fallopian tube and stays there. The egg has a maximum of 24 hours to be fertilised by the sperm. Sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for 2-3 days waiting for the egg. By accurately predicting when ovulation will occur, we can advise the right time to have sex to give the best chance of conception. Your fertility specialist might recommend you don’t have sex for 2-3 days prior to your fertile window to allow the sperm to build up to the best levels for fertilisation.

Getting to know our body and its natural rhythm can enable you to determine when ovulation will occur. There are different ways to track your fertility through apps and devices. These can be good tools to make getting pregnant easier

Help with Ovulation

It’s important to note that Times Intercourse is made possible through ovulation. Without ovulation Timed Intercourse isn’t possible. For Women who do not ovulate regularly, your fertility special may prescribe medication to induce ovulation so that ovulation takes place at predicted times. When the time comes when you’re ready to get pregnant, we recommend seeing a fertility specialist for a fertility health check.

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Our experienced fertility nurse can assist you in learning more about Timed Intercourse and whether this treatment option may be right for you.

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