It’s that time of the month. Your partner is monitoring ovulation and her fertile window has just started. When trying to conceive, this means sex. But, what if you’re not in the mood? Studies show that having sex every 1 to 2 days leads to higher conception rates – we also know that scheduling love-making is a sex-drive damper like no other.

While it’s good to have sex more often when trying to conceive, forcing yourself into a schedule can be counterproductive. You should have sex when it feels comfortable to you and your partner – and there are simple ways that can help you increase this longing, starting with the food you eat.

In this article, we’ll go over 5 foods that do wonders for male libido, and which can, in turn, allow you to achieve pregnancy faster.

#1 Strawberries

For Ancient Romans, the strawberry symbolized Venus, the goddess of love. Its heart shape and red color have since then become synonymous with Valentine’s day and all things sensual – and for good reason. Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and antioxidants. Antioxidants benefit your heart and arteries leading to good circulation, a crucial element for sexual function. Together with Vitamin C, they’re the perfect recipe for higher sperm counts. Strawberries also have folic acid, which the body uses to create sperm cells.

#2 Raw Oysters

Go for a hearty serving of oysters for raised testosterone levels and sperm production. A natural aphrodisiac, oysters are said to have been Casanova’s go to breakfast. Oysters are high in zinc: a zinc deficiency can be a reason behind sperm abnormalities, so make sure you’re consuming your fair share. If you’re not too sure about preparing them at home (you do have to be extra careful that they’re kept safely on ice and are scrubbed clean of dirt and bacteria), book a table for two at a fancy restaurant, and let the night blissfully carry you away.

#3 Avocado

High in monounsaturated fats, Vitamin E, potassium, and Vitamin B6, avocados contribute to heart health, which in turn promotes better blood flow, including to your sex organs. Men with heart disease are actually more susceptible to erectile dysfunction.

#4 Almonds

Almonds are packed with vitamins and minerals important to your reproductive health. A 2019 study published in Nutrients concluded that “including nuts in a regular diet significantly improved auto-reported orgasmic function and sexual desire”. Add 60 grams of walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds to your daily diet for a boost to your libido.

#5 Sesame Seeds

If oysters aren’t your thing, try sesame seeds instead. Sesame seeds are another great source of zinc, promoting healthy testosterone and sperm production. There are many ways you can include sesame seeds in your diet – mix them into granola for a healthy breakfast or sprinkle them into a stir fry.