When the Alarm Clock Goes Off….Timing Intercourse

There is almost no worse sound than the buzz of the alarm clock. No matter how much you love that song or how long it took you to find that perfect tune, when you hear it at 6 AM, you want to cringe. But for many couples, particularly those who have been trying to conceive for some time, getting into bed can be just as difficult as getting out of it.

Timed intercourse (or sex when your ovulation app goes off) can be stressful. It can also become exhausting and overwhelming. However, the good news is that timed intercourse (a.k.a. having sex when you are ovulating) is not clocked to the minute. You have a pretty good snooze button built in. Here’s why…

Both sperm and egg have some longevity in them. They can last way longer than you think. In fact, sperm can live for up to five days in the female reproductive tract. So if you can’t get things done on the day you ovulate but did the day before, you are covered. The egg is also no shooting star. It is in play for fertilization 12 to 24 hours after it is ovulated.

Bottom line, when the buzzer goes off, you can definitely doze for a bit. So while the day before or the two days before ovulation is most likely to yield a pregnancy, don’t count out what you do before or after the ovulation alarm goes off!

Let’s stay with the sleep metaphor. We often think a really good night of sleep can erase the five nights before where you got no more than 10 hours total. And while you may feel better after that long night of Zzzzs, you are still somewhat zonked. The same goes for your guy’s sperm (sort of). Sperm that is released every couple of days rather than every couple of weeks is of way better quality. Consistent ejaculation, just like consistent sleep, can do a body (and a future baby) good.

So don’t feel stressed when that buzzer goes off. The fertility alarm clock is not set to the hour or even the day. The sperm and egg have a pretty good chance at crossing paths even if they get out of the gate at different times. While you have to be on time for most other scheduled events, this is one that you can be a little late for. You will still get where you need to be!