Fertility Expert Emma Cannon Answers Your Questions


My Husband and I have been married for 3 years but have been trying to for a baby for only a few months. I have heard that if I orgasm during intercourse, it will help my chances of falling pregnant. Is this true?

Emma’s Answer:

The research says that orgasm is not essential, but when you orgasm you release oxytocin which makes contractions that helps the sperm travel through the cervix and reach the egg. So perhaps with orgasm it is propelled towards its goal more efficiently. Oxytocin is not called the Love hormone for nothing; it makes you feel good and relaxed which may or may not aid conception. Spend time enjoying making love with your husband – explore one another rather than racing towards the climax. I think that Baby- Making sex can become quite stagnant if you are too focused on outcome (i.e a baby!) I also think it can become a chore and chores are boring, so try and keep things interesting for each other.


I am thinking of starting a family with my partner and was wondering If I am getting my period regularly does that mean I’m ovulating and fertile?

Emma’s Answer:

It’s a good start. It does not however tell you everything about your fertility; for instance whether the tubes are working and there are many other factors that need to be working in order for you to be fertile. It’s the fertility of both the man and the woman that will ultimately result in conception and a baby – so don’t leave him out of this.

You don’t say how old you are but if you are under 30 then don’t start stressing too quickly, as long as you are having a period and you and your partner are generally healthy; don’t smoke and only drink moderately and are not over or under weight. Then it is best just to have plenty of sex (every other day around the mid cycle and 2-3 times a week the rest of the time), don’t panic for now. If you are over 30 then it would be worth seeing a Dr after 6 months of trying, although it is quite normal for it to take up to a year.

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Emma Cannon is a fertility, pregnancy and integrated women's health expert, registered acupuncturist and author.

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