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Irish Independent - Health & Living - - MIND YOURSELF -

HAVE SEX WHEN YOU OVU­LATE

Sperm can sur­vive in fer­tile cer­vi­cal mu­cus for up to five days, so hav­ing sex in the days lead­ing up to ovu­la­tion boosts your chances of con­cep­tion. There­fore, hav­ing sex be­fore ovu­la­tion will en­sure there is plenty of sperm avail­able. Ovu­la­tion-pre­dic­tor kits help you iden­tify the surge in the hor­mone LH that oc­curs 24-36 hours prior to the egg be­ing re­leased, but they are not al­ways ac­cu­rate so it helps to un­der­stand your own fer­tile win­dow — five days lead­ing up to ovu­la­tion and the 12-24 hours af­ter.

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