I married 2 years ago, but until now I have not gotten pregnant. When is a good time for intercourse during ovulation?

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I would like to ask to you, I married 2 years ago, but until now I have not gotten pregnant. Could you suggest to me when is a good time for intercourse during ovulation? In February and March I menstruated on the 16th and finished on March 20. Now I’m 34 years old. Can you provide any suggestion? Best regards.

When you try to conceive, you need to know when you’re ovulating and exactly when to have intercourse. The ovulation test should be taken after your period 12-18 days. Refer to your case, the test should be taken during April 1-7. If the result is positive, then it is the right time to have intercourse on that day, the next day and the day after tomorrow. The ovulation test can be bought at any drug store or hospital. If you buy at hospital, you can ask for further explanation and buy the ovulation test without the doctor’s order.

However we do recommend to adjust or change your lifestyle if unhealthy and check your immune system before ovulation test.

Here is the check-list to run through for healthy preparation. This can be achieved for both partners. (husband and wife)

Pre-existing medical problems (hypertension, diabetes, epilepsy, thyroid disorder, cardiac problems and drug history)

  • Stabilize medical conditions and ensure that medical control is optimal
  • Check that drugs needed are safe for use in pregnancy and do not affect sperm function
  • Where appropriate, refer woman to an obstetric physician for advice on implications of the condition in pregnancy

Weight

  • Check BMI
  • Modify diet and doing more exercise to lose weight and they should aim for BMI 3

Smoking & caffeine intake

  • Advise both partners to stop smoking
  • Caffeine intake less than 2 cups of coffee daily

Recreational drugs

  • Advise both partners to stop using recreational drugs

Check-up your immune system of both partners

  • For the safety of the child. Some diseases may be genetically transmitted to the child and these include anemia, thalassemia, and hemophilia. In some families, the diseases have been transmitted through several generations. A health check-up before pregnancy will help to identify the potential risks that may affect the unborn child. It will also help in planning your pregnancy and to ensure that your pregnancy is safe. Blood test will be done for ABO Group for Hematology, Rh Group, Complete blood count, Hemoglobin Typing, VDRL, Anti-HIV, HBs Ag, Anti-HBs, Rubella Igs (women only), etc. Please read details.
  • If you don’t have particular immune system such as Hepatitis B or Rubella, then you need vaccine to boost your immune system at least 3 months before pregnancy.

Boonsaeng Wutthiphan, M.D
OB/GYN
Samitivej Hospital

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