There are a number of ways you can increase your chances of falling pregnant. Taking care of your body by eating healthily, sleeping properly, taking certain supplements, giving up smoking and exercising in the right amount is a good first step.
You can also make sure you are not too stressed and your mental health is good. But what else can you do to improve your chances? Here are five tips that will help you to fall pregnant more easily.
- Be aware of age-related decline in fertility
As women age, their fertility decreases due to changes in the ovaries causing a decline in the number of quality of eggs. There is also an increased risk of age-related health problems, such as endometriosis or uterine fibroids, which can cause infertility. There is a sharp decline in fertility after the age of 35 that can make it take much longer to fall pregnant.
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- Get to know your menstrual cycle
Tracking your menstrual cycle means monitoring whether the first day of a period comes the same number of days apart every month. This means that it is regular and when it is regular, you have a better chance of knowing when you are ovulating.
This is when your ovaries release an egg and the egg is only viable for about 24 hours after it is released. If the egg is fertilized by the sperm during this time, it will travel down to the uterus, where it implants into the lining.
- Know when you’re ovulating
If your cycle is regular, you ovulate about two weeks before your period arrives. A home-ovulation prediction kit can take some of the guesswork out of knowing when you ovulate. You have to urinate on a test strip in the morning, starting a couple of days before you think you will ovulate. The strip tests luteinizing hormone which surges just before ovulation.
Tracking the amount of appearance of cervical mucus is another way to determine when you’re ovulating. The amount of mucus increases and it becomes more slippery so it can help the sperm reach the egg.
- Have sex in your fertile window
The five days prior to ovulation and the day of ovulation are the days of the month on which you are most fertile. If you have sex at the right time, you have a much higher chance of getting pregnant.
Research shows that having sex every night during your fertile window or every other night does not really make that much of a difference. Sperm are able to survive in the female reproductive tract for up to four or five days. As long as you have sex in the days before and after ovulation, they are right there when the egg is released, making it easier for fertilization to happen.
- Ignore sex position myths and assess your lubricant
It is a myth that certain sex positions increase your chances of getting pregnant. There is no evidence for this or that your chances of getting pregnant increase by lying on your back with your hips elevated after sex.
One thing you can consider is your lubricant. There are some vaginal lubricants that can decrease sperm motility and viability. You should avoid olive oil, KY-jelly, saliva and Astroglide. If you need to use a lubricant, you should rather use canola, mineral or pre-seed oil.