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Is sexual intercourse safe during fertility treatment

Every couple venturing into the world of fertility treatment is very cautious about things that may and may not harm their future child. It is natural to tread very carefully when taking steps towards realizing the dream of parenthood. Among other doubts, the question couples are most curious about is whether partaking in intercourse is safe during fertility treatment.

Dr. Roshi Satija, an expert IVF specialist, answers it as YES. Yes, it is safe to engage in intercourse during fertility treatment. She further adds that there might be certain days during this treatment, where the doctor would suggest that couples abstain. These days would vary with each fertility treatment.

Sexual intercourse and abstinence would vary in the following ways:

Semen Analysis: Before producing a semen sample for analysis, the male partner would be suggested to abstain from ejaculating for 2-3 days. This is required to make sure the sample produced is optimum, and the analysis results are accurate.

Monitored Ovulation Induction Cycle: When the female partner is given medication to induce egg production, the couple is suggested to engage in intercourse during the most fertile day. Else, the couple may maintain their regular intercourse frequency.

Intrauterine Insemination (IUI): After the follicles are ready, a trigger shot is administered to the female partner. 40-42 hours after this shot, the couple should abstain from intercourse. However, the couple can engage in it on the day of the shot. Sometimes multiple follicles are present in the female partner; in such cases, couples are advised to abstain to avoid multiple pregnancies.

In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) Cycle: During the stimulation phase of IVF treatment, engaging in intercourse is acceptable as long as couples use contraceptives. Though in the case of hyper-stimulation, abstinence is a must.

Post Embryo Transfer: IVF, FET, and Donor Egg Treatment: To not stress the female partner’s pelvic, it is suggested to abstain from intercourse. This gives the embryo the time to place itself securely in the uterus. Two weeks after the embryo transfer and after discussing it with your doctor, the couple can resume their sexual life.

We understand that everybody reacts to these treatments differently and might take a toll on some. But sexual relations can help you strengthen your bond with your partner during these stressful times. Even the studies have suggested so. To know more about fertility treatments and which treatment would suit you best, contact 9958722133.

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