One of the things that I promote is that regular sex is so important for our fertility patients, on so many levels. Sometimes the obvious eludes some people though
One of the things I see quite regularly is that couples doing Assisted Reproduction (ART) are abstaining from sex fearing it will affect their chances of conceiving. Actually the opposite is true. By not having sex during ART cycles (IUI, IVF etc) you are affecting your chances of conception.
I have often spoken about the importance of sex and orgasm assisting implantation in other posts and there is so much medical research to back this up
Let me ask the question “If you were trying naturally, would you stop having sex for fear that conception has taken place?”
Then why would you stop having sex around an ART cycle?
Let’s face the facts, implantation takes place in the uterus, and not the vagina, and no man is that well endowed to even penetrate the cervix, so…. Let’s get a grip here
The question to ask is “What does an embryo feed off and need to successfully implant?”
The answer is blood!
Think of a tick borrowing into skin to feed off its host.
How do you get blood flow into the uterine lining?
The answer is that sex and climax stimulate blood flow to the lining to assist implantation and also prepare the lining for implantation!
Nature has given us all the tools for healthy conception to take place, and yet many of us just aren’t using them.
This article shows that sperm are also beneficial in assisting implantation and exposure to semen around the time of embryo transfer increases the likelihood of successful early embryo implantation and development.
Don’t forget that regular sex during this time not only helps assist implantation, but it also helps with the bonding process and physical connection process during this stressful time. Many couples split up because of losing this connection during the ART process and sex is a way of keeping that physical and emotional connection. Sex also tells your body you are also preparing to conceive on another level too.
For those doing IVF etc, next time you are doing an ART cycle maybe it is time to start doing things the way nature intended to give you that boost you so desperately are needing. Time to go and get busy people.
Dr Andrew Orr
– No Stone Left Unturned