Timed Intercourse also known as ovulation induction is the process of scheduling intercourse on particular days i-e during ovulation when the woman is most fertile which as a result increases the chances of getting pregnant. The process is carried out under the supervision of the gynecologist which suggests medication or hormone injection in case of lack of ovulation. Ultrasound is taken into consideration to monitor the body changes and based on the result, the specialist will determine that what is the best time for both partners to have intercourse to increase the likelihood of pregnancy.
The timed intercourse is set on the peak fertility window which is normally a few days before ovulation. The ovulation occurs on the last day of the fertility window which is of four to five days duration. It is normally considered that in a 28-day cycle ovulation occurs on 14th. If you start having intercourse on 10 days when the fertile window starts and have intercourse for four to five days and then do it one more time within the 24 hours of the ovulation then the likelihood of conceiving increases.
The timed intercourse procedure is recommended for the couples who have insufficient progesterone production during the latter phase of the menstrual cycle which can be detected through hormones test. Moreover, anovulatory patients whose ovaries do not release an oocyte during a menstrual cycle, women with a very long menstrual cycle or with some blockage in any fallopian tube, patients with sterility or young couples who have intercourse for 1 year and are still without luck should undergo this procedure. IF the couple’s age is above 35 and after 6 months duration, they are still not successful in conceiving then they can also seek this procedure.
The first part of this treatment consists of the production of the follicle which releases the mature egg to be ovulated. The follicle can be developed naturally in the case of some women. If it does not develop naturally then medical treatment called Clomid is carried out. Clomid is used to treat infertility in women and it stimulates ovulation. After the development of follicles, the injection is given to trigger ovulation in women.
After that, the insemination of the ovulated egg takes place. After injecting the ovulation trigger or through a natural process, the couple is asked to have timed intercourses in their own privacy. Supplements will also be provided to increase the levels of progesterone.
Some of the symptoms of the egg release change in the cervix due to which the cervix becomes softer and wider, libido changes i-e increase in sex drive, brown-colored light spotting, mild pelvic or lower abdominal pain, breast sensitivity or cervical mucus discharge normally of egg-like thin fluid. If you have noticed these symptoms then there is a high chance that you are on your fertile days.
This treatment will be fruitful if you undergo the utmost 6 cycles. For 6 months, a couple under the supervision of the specialist take medication and have intercourse. In case if the duration is less, then the chances of becoming pregnant significantly reduce. If the risk factors are high and there are some other extreme conditions then it is recommended that the couple should take some other treatment for curing infertility or any complication like in vitro fertilization.
If the production of more than three follicles observed through ultrasound, then do not have intercourse. Try for different method ad mentioned above of in vitro fertilization (IVF). IF some other complication arises then communicate with the doctor.
If this procedure does not work for you then as mentioned above there are other procedures too so don’t be disappointed. The whole process should be stress-free. Maintain a good relationship with your partner and take things easy rather than getting too sensitive. Doctors are there to help you and if any question arises do ask them. Do not panic, you can control your response to a situation which ultimately will resolve many issues.