Fertility Awareness: The Lazy Way

With all the talk about checking you temperature every morning, checking and charting mucous, and even checking your cervix position, just the mention of using natural family planning to get pregnant can make a girl run the other way. (seriously – you can’t be lazy about it if you’re trying to prevent!) It sounds like a lot of work and really it can be. It can take up time and energy and it can also take the fun out of ….. you know. When being intimate is all scheduled and planned the intimacy tends to be strained or pressured.

So here is a Lazy Persons guide to natural family planning:

  • Have sex every other day. Or at least every third day.

Yup, that’s it.

Everyday actually gets to be to often in the aspect that the man’s sperm count isn’t as high as it needs to be. Give him a day off so his little guys can recuperate. You want the sperm to be many in number and strong in swimming. Being intimate every 48-72 hours gives both of your body’s a chance to rest, as well as allowing a short enough period in between bedroom sessions to keep the sperm alive in case you do ovulate.

Checking and charting does have a purpose, and I personally found it helpful when I first started looking for ovulation signs. And it can also be extremely helpful in conceiving, but, if treated correctly, your body has it’s own features in allowing conception even when you aren’t intimate on the exact day you ovulate.

Anyone else notice how I’m de-stressing this week? :-) I just noticed my last 2 posts are all about being lazy! Ahhh, the cold weather brings out the couch potato in me.

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. after doing this for 8 years I got sick of the charting and temp taking so we just do they every other day thing. It is so much easier and more fun.

  2. I started charting this year and found this site to be extremely helpful http://www.fertilityfriend.com

  3. IdleMindOfBeth says:

    I’ve charted for too many years, and have just recently decided that it’s time to give nature’s miracle a chance to work, the natural way.

    Every other day, baby – that’s the way for me!

  4. Questioning says:

    I actually heard on the news that a new fertility study recommended having sex everyday, even though there is less sperm, increases the quality of the sperm, and people that do it everyday have a better chance of getting pregnant. However, I don’t have the link to the study, I’m just saying maybe it should be looked into again, studies on fertility are changing and evolving. Let’s look into it. I know livescience.com publishes recent studies on fertility if you type it into their search engine.