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If you're trying to conceive and sex is a snooze, here's what you need to know.

Smiling intimate couple

OK, making a baby may sound functional and devoid of romance, but when you think about it, it's actually pretty darn amazing. Not only can you ditch your birth control, you're also potentially starting your family. Simply put, it's the most intimate two people can get.

But the downside is that lovemaking may also feel stressful, even mechanical, especially if you've been trying forever. If conception seems a chore, know this: You don't need to spend every single night having "baby sex." In fact, there is a specific block of time ideal for making a baby. You just gotta figure out when you're most fertile.

According to a classic study conducted by the National Institute of Environmental Health Science, a woman is 22% more fertile during the five days leading up to ovulation, and the day of ovulation. So try bedding down every other day between the 10th and 18th day of your cycle.

The good news? Sticking to a schedule erases anxiety that you have to try 24/7. Plus, abstaining from sex for several days ups your chances of conceiving since studies show the more a man ejaculates over a few days, the lower his sperm count.

The bottom line: You don't need to get busy every day. And just because sex is now goal-oriented, doesn't mean it can't sizzle. So bust out those fantasies, try that daring position, or just have a quickie!

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Heidi Rex December 5, 2008, 12:47 PM

I’m highly disappointed with this article. There is no mention of the actual spices used…

I’m sorry, but I really hope the author never writes again. Misleading title, non-informative articles…it’s a literary train wreck.

Disappointed December 21, 2008, 1:50 PM

This makes no sense. 22% more fertile around time of ovulation? that is the ONLY fertile time! And seriously, who doesn’t know that????? Especially someone who has been trying to conceive. So the point of this article is: have sex less often. How does that “spice up” anything??

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