Timed Intercourse

The decision to see a fertility specialist can be daunting and many individuals and couples are reluctant to set up an initial consultation because they are not interested in aggressive fertility treatment. Seeing a fertility specialist does not automatically mean IVF. For some women, achieving pregnancy can be optimized with menstrual cycle awareness and monitoring to determine the most fertile time for conception – the ideal window to time intercourse.


Some women have irregular menstrual cycles, which suggest that they are not ovulating consistently every month. If an egg is not being released in a predictable fashion, it is very difficult to conceive. With the assistance of various medications to develop eggs that are ready for ovulation (ovulation induction) as well as cycle monitoring, we are able to predict the time of ovulation and the fertile window. Medications to assist ovulation may include tablets and injectable hormones. Pelvic ultrasounds and blood work to evaluate hormone levels can be utilized to monitor a woman’s cycle.

If you’re interested in beginning your fertility treatment as natural as possible, cycle monitoring with timed intercourse is a great option to consider when consulting with one of our physicians. Examples of ovulation induction (OI) protocols that we often recommend are listed below. Please remember that these are sample protocols and we will personalize a treatment plan to each individual.

Timed Intercourse


Oral medications Injectable medications Hybrid cycles
  • Clomid (clomiphene) / Femara (letrozole)
  • Injectable medications Clomid (clomiphene) / Femara (letrozole)
  • Hybrid cycles Clomid (clomiphene) / Femara (letrozole)
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