|Posted on February 24, 2014 at 12:10 AM|
Question: I’ve been trying to get pregnant for a year and a half. Could I really have missed my fertile days every single time? Is learning when to time intercourse really going to change anything?
Answer: Let me answer this in two parts. 1) Timing is essential, and 2) Timing isn’t everything.
1) Timing is essential.
We call a lot of days “fertile” using the Justisse Method. At least 4, and often 6 or 7, or even more. If your purpose is birth control, you want to err on the side of caution and avoid unprotected intercourse on any day that might result in pregnancy. But, when you’re using the Justisse Method to get pregnant, especially if you’ve had trouble conceiving so far, we generally narrow it down to the 3 days that are the very most likely for conception.
So, it’s possible that you missed those 3 days every cycle. But, even if you caught them, let’s think about it statistically: when a couple of healthy fertility has sex on fertile days, 75% of them will get pregnant the first cycle, and 100% of them within six cycles. So, thinking by the numbers, you might need six menstrual cycles of timing intercourse on fertile days to get pregnant.
What does this mean? It means you might have been missing your fertile days all this time, or you might have been having sex on them some months and not others. If you learn to pinpoint the very most likely days to get pregnant, your chances are much higher of timing intercourse ideally for conception.
2) Timing isn’t everything.
Charting will give you a lot of information about your cycle besides which days are fertile and which aren’t. It can indicate whether your estrogen and progesterone levels are high enough, and suggest whether any hormonal imbalance is coming from your ovaries or your pituitary gland. It can show you whether your luteal phase (the phase from ovulation until your next period) is adequate for implantation and sustaining a pregnancy. It can help you see whether you are truly ovulating.
You can use this information to help you get more fertile, whether you choose dietary solutions, herbal medicine, acupuncture, physical medicine, or conventional/biomedical reproductive medicine. And you can watch the positive results on your chart, too – your cervical mucus and temperature observations will show that you are getting healthier!
What does this mean? It means that learning to chart will do much more to help you get pregnant than just identify fertile days. It will help you get pregnant by helping you get healthier and more fertile.