Pregnancy can be a tricky deal especially with so many unpredictable parameters, including ovulation tracking, diet, supplements, timing sexual intercourse and so on.
Now studies have shed light on one more factor which might be useful in increasing chances of pregnancy. The time at which one chooses to have sexual intercourse also affects chances for getting pregnant. Males have been studied to be more fertile during early morning hours (precisely speaking – between 6:30 and 7:30). One study has pointed out that getting intimate in the morning, precisely before 7.30 a.m will increase one’s chances of getting pregnant. The semen quality at this time is much higher than during the rest of the day. This was found to be true especially in the spring months of March, April, and May.
However, another team of researchers at the University of Modena found that men’s sperm motility and quantity were at their highest during late afternoon hours. Hence, if one was also to consider that most women ovulate in the time leading to midnight, one can have the best time of day for intercourse to get pregnant. With testosterone levels in men increasing substantially between 6 am to 9 am, and libido at its peak between 10 pm to 1 am, one can have several windows to choose from to try and get pregnant.
While morning sex seems to be the most popular choice for couples looking forward to conceive, there are a number of less tangible reasons why morning sex might just be the magic trick to successful conception. On a basic level, mixing up what time one chooses to have sex can increase the novelty and make them more likely to try again and again. It helps that most people are more well-rested in the morning than in the evening. More scientifically speaking, studies suggest most men’s sex hormones are at their highest first thing in the morning.
One fascinating advantage of morning sex is that it may help couples get pregnant even when the woman involved has a relatively short ovulation window. If one considers normal sperm motility, a sperm generally fertilizes an egg within 72 hours of sex, taking full advantage of a broad ovulation window. But when that window is shorter than 72 hours, trying to conceive in the morning has the chance of catching the tail end of a window that might otherwise close before bedtime.
However, it needs to be kept in mind that there is no such model where one fits all. Despite the rise of highly accurate ovulation and sperm viability tests, it is not currently possible for doctors to take a look at a sperm count and a menstrual cycle and declare morning sex the cure to a couple’s infertility.