When trying to get pregnant it may first appear straightforward. We all know that getting pregnant doesn’t involve sitting on a toilet seat after a male has used it or can occur from holding hands, but most often happens when a male and female have sexual intercourse.
In actual fact the science and circumstances involved when both the male and the female have intercourse can make getting pregnant quite difficult.
Following are ways you can optimize your chances of conceiving a child.
1) Stop using birth control
The most obvious thing to do is to stop using birth control. Some women have the ability to conceive immediately whereas others need to allow their body’s several months to get into a regular cycle again.
2) Understand your body and cycles
It’s usually not until we’re trying to get pregnant do we begin to monitor our periods and our ovulation cycles. It’s also not until this time do we realize that we are born with the total number of eggs we will release throughout our lifetime.
The menstrual cycle is said to occur every 28 days for women. The first day in which your period arrives is considered day one of the cycle. It will last for approximately 3-7 days, where it will then taper off and an egg will be released from one of your ovaries at approximately 14 days after the first day of your period. If sperm does not fertilize this egg it will then continue down the fallopian tube, into the womb and then result in another period to release it through the cervix.
Spend some time monitoring your cycles by filling out a diary or calendar for a few months upon commencement of trying to conceive.
As we age, the quality and number of eggs we release begins to decrease as we approach menopause. Medical professionals advice is that it’s preferable to try and conceive a child prior to age 35 so our eggs are still plentiful. Some medical conditions do not allow for healthy egg production and this may need to be assessed if there is any history of unusual periods.
3) Have intercourse at the optimum time
In order for an egg to be fertilized by sperm, your ovaries need to have released one. This occurs approximately 14 days after the first day of your last period. Some women are sensitive to their bodies occurrences and can feel a slight twinge, cramp or “pop” when the egg is released and from which ovary each month.
A female can detect she is ovulating through a couple of processes. One way to determine ovulation is through your vaginal secretions. The optimum time will result in mucous that is stringy, clear and very similar to egg whites. You can also determine ovulation by monitoring your temperature during your cycle, as it will increase when ovulating.
It is at this time when you want to have intercourse so that a sperm can try and fertilize the released egg.
4) Have lots of Orgasms during ovulation
During orgasm a woman’s vaginal walls contract to allow sperm to be pushed further up the vagina and into the cervix. A woman who has many orgasms, during intercourse and the days after will increase her chances of pushing the sperm further into the cervix where a released egg will be waiting.
5) Don’t use any lubricant
Although lubricant can sometimes be a requirement during sex, not always is it safe for male sperm. The vagina and its unique environment make it conducive to allow sperm to travel up through the vagina and into the cervix. Most lubricants hinder the mobility of sperm so it’s best not to use any at all.
6) No showering or Bathroom after Sex
Although many do head straight to the shower or the bathroom after intercourse, when you’re trying to conceive you’re better to remain lying down than upright.
Both men and women need to maintain a healthy and balanced diet that ensures the body and its processes all work in optimum condition. Control your weight with healthy exercise and a nutritious diet.
8) Encouraging healthy sperm
Healthy sperm are those that appear plentiful and have good mobility. Drugs, nicotine and alcohol hinder sperms mobility so it’s a good idea to cut down or stop any recreational use of these when trying to conceive.
Vitamin supplements can be taken to increase healthy sperm production, which must include zinc.
9) Chuck away the Briefs
Men should wear boxer shorts to encourage healthy airflow to the testicles. When wearing briefs, heat accumulates in the groin and pelvic area and can hinder sperm production.
10) Relax and take each period as it comes
When trying to get pregnant, the best advise for anyone is to relax and have fun. Do not place high expectations on yourself or your partner and expect results immediately. Some of us are blessed with all the right conditions above that make conceiving a child a simple process, whereas others it takes time.
If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for over twelve months, have implemented many of the above and still have not had success, you may need to consult your doctor to receive a medical opinion. As you can see, getting pregnant is not always as simple as what we’re led to believe and getting the right conditions right will most often lead to success.