Trying to conceive can be a daunting prospect for some couples. We've all heard tales of Suzie from the office who get pregnant at the drop of a hat. But for some of us, it can be a long, complicated process that seems impossible. Now, one study claims to give couples a simple – yet effective – answer. According to the research conducted by the University Hospital of Zurich, it's less about the frequency and more about the time of day that couples try to conceive.
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Researchers studied sperm activity throughout the day, looking back at evidence that suggests sperm have a 24-hour clock just like the rest of us. By keeping a close eye on the sperm count, concentration, motility, and the size and shape of the little guys, the team determined that conception is most likely when it occurs in the morning. If you're not usually an early riser, set your alarm for sometime before 7:30 am as this is when sperm is at its peak in all of the before mentioned areas.
The university studied a wide range of samples from 7,068 men ranging from 25 to 40 and was able to pinpoint the best months to try. Lead author Dr. Brigette Leeners explained that the Spring months, March, April, and May, were the most fertile for men, while this decreased significantly as the seasons changed to summer.
According to Women's Health, around 10% (6.1 million) women in the US struggle to conceive, with around 9% of men experiencing similar issues. Although this isn't necessarily the answer for all couples, combined with other natural methods such as ovulation calenders or ovulation tests, this new research could be just what the doctor ordered. After all, while IVF is an option it's also incredibly expensive and not always covered by insurance plans.
In an interview with Daily Mail, Dr. Hana Visnova said that men with low sperm count shouldn't put all their faith in the early morning method. She did see a benefit for this information when it came to IVF treatment, however, she was a bit cautious about the research.
"Sperm collection is clearly a vital aspect of any IVF procedure. So if we can maximize the potency of a sample then that's to be encouraged," said Visnova. "Yet the evidence relating to the best times of the day, or the year, for that to take place is conflicting and controversial."