How To Improve Your Chances of Conceiving

Trying to conceive is such an exciting time, but if you are having troubles it can lead to frustration and concerns about fertility. Taking your lifestyle into consideration can affect your chances at conception. 

  1. Understand fertility. A woman is born with all the eggs she will ever have in her lifetime and must be ovulating in order to conceive. A man has the ability to regenerate sperm and normally has the ability to fertilize an egg at any time. There are several Internet resources to review in depth information on fertility.
  2. Remain health conscious. A bad diet, being overweight, underweight, smoking and drinking can all contribute to fertility issues. Maintain an exercise program to keep your body balanced and in good health.
  3. Maintain a balanced diet. Choose fruits, vegetables and lean meats. Increase your daily folate intake through red meats, spinach and orange juice or add a pre-natal vitamin to your daily routine. Keep your caffeine intake, such as tea, coffee, cola and chocolate under control.
  4. Know your cycle. Most women are on a 28-day cycle, some may be longer and others may be shorter. On a 28-day cycle, ovulation should occur around the 14th day before the start of menstruation.
  5. Check your cervical mucous. Observe changes in cervical mucous as it is one of the best clues of ovulation. Lack of cervical mucous is an indication that conception is not likely. Once you are close to ovulation it becomes thicker and increases in volume. When you are most fertile, the mucous should resemble egg white and be thin and stretchy.
  6. Use an Ovulation Predictor Kit (OPK). An OPK tests your luteiniszing hormone, which should surge just before ovulation.You can purchase these at any drug store and they work similar to a home pregnancy test.
  7. Chart your basal body temperature (BBT). Your BBT is your resting temperature. Try to take your BBT first thing in the morning and at the same time every day. Chart your daily results and look for a drop in temperature, which could signal ovulation.
  8. Timing is everything. The egg has a short lifespan so ensure you have frequent intercourse during your most fertile phase.
  9. Reduce alcohol intake. Drinking can reduce your chances of conception by 50%. Women should greatly reduce their alcohol consumption when trying to conceive.
  10. Avoid cigarettes. Smoking can cause early menopause and has been known to cause infertility in women and a lower sperm count in men. Quitting will greatly increase your odds of conceiving.
  11. When to be concerned. A general rule is to try for a year, then contact your doctor to discuss your options. If you are over 30 or suspect you are not ovulating, your doctor may work with you after six months of trying.

 

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