Better to Abstain From Sex Before TTC?

Better to Abstain From Sex Before TTC?

Fact or Myth?

It has long been a rumor in the fertility world, that if you are trying to conceive, you should abstain from having sex for five to seven days before ovulation. The reason behind this? The reason that couples have long been told to abstain from sex before ovulation is because abstaining from sex would give sperm more time to “build up” for release during ovulation.  Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

More sperm should equal a better chance of getting pregnant, right? Not so fast. Experts are now saying that this age old advice might not be such a good idea after all. Read on for more information about whether or not you should abstain from sex while trying to conceive.

A New Study

There has been a new study that indicates that perhaps what we originally thought about abstinence before trying to conceive is wrong. A group of researchers in Israel recently examined close to 9500 semen samples.

Surprisingly, the researchers noted that there was a significant decrease in sperm count the longer a man was abstinent. That is completely opposite of what doctors have been telling couples for years. The new research indicates that men should not abstain from sex for more than one day.

After that one day, the sperm count began to decrease, and abstaining from sex does more harm than good. So, what is the truth about abstaining from sex while trying to conceive? Should couples try to abstain from sex before trying to conceive? Or should couples try to have sex as much as possible when trying to conceive?


There is still a lot of controversy surrounding which method is best for trying to conceive. There are some fertility treatments and other medical reasons that a couple should abstain from sex. Your doctors will let you know if or when you need to abstain from sex.

If you have any questions about that, make sure to ask, if you need to clarify. The main point taken from the study is that if a couple has no fertility issues, it really doesn’t matter if they abstain from sex or not.

However, if a couple has fertility issues, they probably shouldn’t abstain from sex for more than one day, or a man’s sperm count can begin to go down. Of course, this is still an area that needs to be addressed and researched more, before doctors can make a final determination one way or another. If you have any questions, check with your doctor for advice on your own particular case.

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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).