Ready to be pregnant now? You’ll want to put some planning behind your babymaking. Follow these tips to help you conceive more quickly.
- 1: First Thing First: Do Away With Your Birth Control Pills Ahead of Time:
Birth control pills are among the most popular pregnancy prevention tools for women. They may also be used to help treat acne and uterine fibroids. The pill works by delivering hormones that prevent an egg from being fertilized.
There are different types of pills with varying amounts of hormones. For pregnancy prevention, the pill has a high efficacy rate when taken every day, and at the same time of day.
The question is, what happens when you stop taking the pill? The answer ultimately depends on where you are in your menstrual cycle.
If you stop taking the pill in the middle of your pack, you could get pregnant right away.
After you’ve been using birth control for awhile, it may take your body a few cycles to start ovulating regularly and be primed for pregnancy. Plus, this gives you time to track your cycle to figure out exactly when you ovulate (step #2), which is key for timing your baby-making.
Just remember: Once you stop using birth control, you can get pregnant at any time!
- 2: Spot Out Your Fertile Days:
No matter how often you and your partner get horizontal, if you skip the key days out of the month when your egg is raring to go, you won’t get pregnant. The biggest mistake my patients make is not knowing exactly when they ovulate.
Today, most doctors recommend using ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) for a more accurate measure of ovulation. Though you can still use basal body temperature (BBT) charting, OPKs give you advance warning that your egg is about to be released, so you can plan accordingly. OPKs work by detecting a surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine, which occurs about 36 to 48 hours before you ovulate.
There are two basic types of OPKs available: Those you use only around the week before you ovulate (these are better for women with very regular cycles, since you need a rough idea of when you ovulate to know when to start using the kit) and those you use every day of the month (a better choice for women with less regular cycles; they’re also a bit pricier).
FYI: For the most approximate way to determine when you ovulate, subtract 14 from the length of your cycle.
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3: Go For Sex Before You Ovulate:
Those hardy sperm can stick around in your uterus and Fallopian tubes for two to three days, but your egg only lasts for 12 to 24 hours after it’s released. So having sex before you ovulate boosts the chances that there’ll be sperm around to greet your egg as soon as it debuts.
For a typical 28-day cycle (where you ovulate on day 14), here’s what you’ll do:
* Start having sex a few times a week as soon as your period ends. Getting busy that often ensures you won’t miss your most fertile time, especially if your cycle length varies from month to month.
* Make a point to have sex every other day starting around day 10.
* When you have a positive result on your OPK (around day 12), have sex that day and the next two days — these are your primo days out of the month to conceive.
4: Dos This & Don’ts Do That In Your Sex Session:
What really works and what’s purely the stuff of old wives’ tales is somewhat debatable.
* Lie on your back after sex. The vagina naturally slopes downward, resting on your back after sex allows sperm to pool there, which gives them an edge in swimming toward your egg. Should you keep your legs elevated, too? It can’t hurt, but it probably doesn’t help any more than lying down does.
* Have sex before bed. Though some sources report that sperm count is highest in the morning, the truth is that there’s no optimal time of day to have sex. However, doing so before you hit the hay is an easy way to ensure you stay on your back afterward.
* Keep it vanilla(ish). While there’s no single sex position that’s best for baby making (or for choosing your baby’s sex), stick to one where you’ll be on your back when it’s over.
Don’t Do That:
* Use lube to give sperm a leg up. Some people may think that a lubricant may help sperm move more quickly, but the truth is that this can actually hinder your pregnancy efforts. Many formulas may alter the pH balance in the vagina and decrease sperm mobility.
* Worry if you don’t have an orgasm. A great perk of satisfying sex, sure, but don’t count on your postcoital bliss to help you get pregnant more quickly. Though some speculate that orgasms boost conception by drawing more sperm into the vagina and uterus, this theory lacks scientific proof.
* Worry about boxers vs. briefs. Because some fertility problems in men stem from a condition where the temperature in the testicles is excessively warm, which affects sperm production, it’s natural to believe that favoring briefs over boxers could hinder conception. However, there’s no good evidence this is true. There’s certainly no downside to sticking with boxers, but it’s unlikely to significantly speed up your pregnancy timeline.
P.S: PERFORMING A FERTILITY CLEANSE IS ONE OF THE BEST FIRST STEPS YOU CAN TAKE IN PREPARATION FOR CONCEPTION AND TO SUPPORT NORMAL HORMONAL BALANCE…Click here to learn more on why you’ll need a fertility cleanse for a successful conception this year!
5: Get Prepared for Test
The earlier you know you’re pregnant, the sooner you can see your doctor to start prenatal care and make sure your eating, drinking, and other habits are as healthy as possible. Though some of today’s home pregnancy tests allow you to start testing super-early (as soon as 10 days after you ovulate), you’ll get the most accurate results if you wait until the day you expect to get your period.
Home pregnancy tests work by detecting levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in your urine. Levels of this hormone, produced by the placenta, continue to rise in early pregnancy. Tests marketed as “early results” or “early response” may be more sensitive at detecting lower levels of hCG earlier.
Testing too early is likely to yield what experts call a “false negative” result — where the test says you’re not pregnant, but you really are. What’s happening is that your body isn’t producing enough hCG yet to be detected by the test. Waiting and testing again a few days after your missed period is likely to turn up the plus sign you’re looking for.
6: What You Should Do If the Test Is Negative.
Didn’t get pregnant this month? Don’t panic. Most couples don’t succeed the first time out of the gate (more than half get pregnant by 6 months, about 85 percent by one year). Most likely, you miscalculated your most fertile days, so your partner’s sperm never had the chance to fertilize your egg. Consider switching to a daily OPK if you haven’t already tried it, and get psyched to try again next month.