Getting pregnant can be tricky for some couples. They might be trying month after month without success. If you have been trying to conceive for a while now, you are bound to try almost anything to increase the chances of conception. If you are on schedule, you may even want to conceive immediately.
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Are you trying to conceive immediately? Wondering how to get pregnant fast? Here are a few tips and tricks you can try:
The most important aspect and one of the surest ways, to conceive successfully is to track your ovulation dates. Ovulation is the most fertile period when the sperm can travel up to the egg and fertilise it.
For this, you need to start tracking your menstrual cycle. You need to know how long your menstrual cycle is and if it is regular. You can use an ovulation kit to know the precise timing of your ovulation. Alternatively, you can track your body temperature. A woman’s basal temperature tends to increase around her ovulation time.
If need be, consult a fertility specialist, who can help you calculate the dates and understand the do’s and don’ts, when you want to get pregnant immediately.
What you eat matters. If you are asking “how to increase chances of conception”, you can try including the following food items in your regular diet:
Your lifestyle has a big impact on your chances of getting pregnant. If you or your partner smoke or consume alcohol regularly, you may want to cut back. Both nicotine and alcohol can reduce the quality of both the sperm and the eggs, thus making it harder to conceive.
A sedentary lifestyle can hinder your chances of getting pregnant. On the other hand, vigorous workouts can delay your ovulation, thus making it difficult to track the dates for conception. You may want to change the way you exercise for the next few months.
In terms of lifestyle, you may want to implement the following changes:
Try to have sex every other day. The sperm can live up to five days inside a woman’s body. So, sperm ejaculated before ovulation can also stay alive long enough to fertilise the egg during ovulation.
If it is not feasible, ensure you and your partner have sex every other day at least during the fertile period. It can increase the chances of conception manifold. There are many apps that you can use to keep track of these dates.
You can also try positions that allow deep penetration, to help the sperms travel further. Staying on your back for a while after having sex might also increase the chances of the sperm reaching the egg.
Lubricants can be very helpful for many couples. However, lubricants can also reduce sperm mobility by altering the pH balance in the vagina.
If you need to use a lubricant, use a sperm-friendly lubricant. Your fertility specialist or pharmacist might be able to help you here. Certain studies show water-based lubricants are more fertility-friendly than oil-based lubricants.
It is important to have an emotional connection with your partner. If you have been trying to conceive for months, chances are that you are disappointed and eager to conceive right away. While you keep telling yourself “I need to get pregnant this month”, you might treat the entire process as something you ought to do, rather than connect and enjoy with your partner.
Some studies show wearing tight underwear can reduce sperm count. Though this may not prevent conception, switching to looser-fitting underwear might help increase the sperm count.
This is an obvious step if you want to conceive. Skip birth control, and condoms, also remove your IUD if you have one. If you have been taking birth control pills, it might take a few weeks for your hormones to come back to balance. Unless your menstrual cycles become regular, it will be difficult to track your ovulation dates. In the case of a non-hormonal IUD, removing it makes you pregnancy ready immediately.
For some couples, no matter how hard they try or how well they follow all the suggestions above, they may not conceive successfully. It could be age, irregular periods, or some other issue that might need medical intervention.
Remember, it is okay to seek help. Consult a fertility specialist and undergo treatments if necessary. Many doctors and institutions are well established in this field and are waiting to help you.
If your periods are irregular, it can be tricky to not only calculate your ovulation dates but to also know when to take the pregnancy test. Apart from following the above-mentioned steps, you can consult a doctor to rule out conditions like PCOS, PCOD, endometriosis, or other hormonal issues.
How much time it takes to get pregnant does not have a standard answer. It can vary from couple to couple. Tracking your ovulation, taking precautions after ovulation when trying to conceive, and leading a healthy life can help improve the chances of getting pregnant. If nothing works, it is advisable to seek medical help rather than give up.
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