Top Ovulation Questions Answered by Dr. James Goldfarb, M.D.



How many days is a woman fertile each month?

In general a woman may be fertile for as much as 4-5 days before her ovulation and 1 day after ovulation.

When is the best time during my monthly cycle to have sex?

The best time to have intercourse is just before ovulation.

Should we abstain from intercourse a couple days right before I’m ovulating?

Some men’s sperm counts do decrease if there is ejaculation on a daily basis. Thus it is often recommended that couples have intercourse every other day around the time of ovulation rather than every day.

If I have PCOS, what are some things I could do in attempt to regulate my cycle?

There are many ways to regulate a patient’s cycle when she has PCOS. The way chosen is generally determined by the desire of the patient. Different approaches are taken depending on whether the patient wants to get pregnant or whether she just wants to have regular periods. While there are various approaches, it is generally not difficult to regulate patients’ periods when they have PCOS.

Our ovulation calculator can help you predict your most fertile days of the month. Identifying the days of ovulation will help you find out when you are most likely to conceive. Menstrual periods vary from woman to woman and month to month. Use this calculator to help determine the timing of your ovulation and peak fertility. To begin charting your ovulation, it is recommended you test daily with your favorite ovulation test s from your local stores.


About Dr. James Goldfarb, MD, MBA

Dr. Goldfarb is currently the Director Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at University Hospitals of Cleveland. He is also a Clinical Professor of Reproductive Biology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.  Dr. Goldfarb earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University School of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio and his master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from CWRU Weatherhead School of Management.

On a national level, Dr. Goldfarb is Past President of the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (SART), SART is the national professional group that provides leadership to the country’s In Vitro Fertilization Programs. Dr. Goldfarb has also served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and has been a member of the National Coalition of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (NCOART)




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