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I’m a fertility doctor – here’s the exact number of times per week you should have sex to get pregnant

Trying to have a baby is an all-consuming affair.

Hopeful parents can become obsessed with apps and tests that track ovulation and tell them when to have sex.

Couples should have sex every other day to increase their chances of conceiving

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However, one fertility expert has said it’s not necessary.

According to Professor Adam Balen, former chairman of the British Fertility Society, all you have to do is have regular sex – about three times a week.

He said it really is that simple, and by focusing on ovulation, couples can forget about having sex at other times as well.

He told the Daily Mail: “Couples should ideally have sex every other day to maximize their chances of having a baby.

“If men don’t have sex regularly, older sperm that build up in their bodies can release chemicals that can cause other sperm to die off.

“Women sometimes get too fixated on ovulation, just wait for that day to have sex, and as a result, do it less often.

“Couples trying to conceive often only focus on the timing of ovulation to have sex. But you must have sperm there waiting for the egg.”

“We’ve become too high-tech in our approach to life in general, and that extends to getting pregnant.

“Women should be aware of when they’re ovulating, but not get bogged down about it and forget the importance of sex in general.”

The NHS adviser on reproductive medicine also said that focusing so heavily on ovulation can result in men “having sex on demand”, which is not good for them.

Many people have reported getting pregnant and finding it a less stressful process by using apps or devices.

However, some experts fear they are beginning to hinder more than they help.

One, Professor Allan Pacey, expressed concern that more people today need help conceiving, perhaps because they aren’t having enough sex.

Another fertility expert spoke to the Sun to reveal when you can know when you’re at your most fertile without having to rely on apps.

Hannah Pearn advised that you’re most fertile five days after your period, but it can be anytime between two and 10 days.

She explained: “Don’t rely on apps to tell you when you’re most fertile – many are algorithm-based and won’t always tell you the best time.

“Your ovulation can change every month and doesn’t always happen on the 14th day. So if you rely on the algorithm, you can easily miss it.”

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