Eager to get Pregnant? We have the Top 4 Tips to Conceiving Fast
Know your cycle
One certain way to increase your chances of conceiving is to time sex during your fertile window, which takes place in the three days leading up to and including ovulation. This is the only time in your cycle when you can get pregnant, so it is crucial that you do not miss these few days. In order to know when you are ovulating, you will need to become better attuned with your cycle. There are various means of doing this. One option is to use an ovulation calculator, which will require you to be aware of the length of your menstrual cycle and luteal phase. Alternative options include charting your basal body temperature; tracking your cervical mucus; or using an at-home ovulation prediction kit.
Have sex every 2-3 days
Some people prefer not to go through the trouble of tracking ovulation. If you are in this camp, there is still hope. The key here is consistency. If you are not tracking ovulation, experts recommend timing sex about every two to three days. If you skip a session during your most fertile period, your efforts will have been wasted. You may be wondering why we would not recommend having sex every day during your cycle instead. Not only would this be more of a time commitment, but it may also deplete your man’s reserve of sperm. Avoiding sex for too long can also have negative effects on conception as sperm have short lifespan. Once older sperm begin dying, they secrete a substance that can infect younger and otherwise healthy sperm.
Get to a healthy weight
Obesity can lead to many health issues, including heart disease and diabetes, but many people do not realize that it can also cause you to face more difficulties when trying to conceive. Not only can obesity interfere with ovulation, but it can also cause fertility issues in women who seem to ovulate normally. Being under-weight can also interfere with ovulation, so be sure that you are eating well and often enough. Experts recommend getting your BMI to fall between 18.5 and 24.9 for the best chances of conceiving. If you are either obese or underweight, you should always seek medical advice regarding how to best get yourself to a healthy weight range.
There are numerous scientific studies that confirm the adverse effect smoking has on both male and female fertility. Smokers tend to experience higher levels of infertility, and have to wait longer to conceive than non-smokers. In women, smoking has been associated with: the early onset of menopause; greater incidence of genetic abnormalities in the eggs produced; and accelerated loss of eggs and the reproductive function. The incidence of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy are also much greater in women who smoke. Studies also provide strong evidence that problems in natural fertility caused by smoking cannot necessarily be addressed through reproductive technologies. Rather, the success of reproductive technologies is also lessened amongst women who smoke.