“Do not stress yourself and chill out, it will happen soon”. This is probably the most annoying statement for ladies desperate to get pregnant and nothing will satisfy the urge except for the baby. Believe it or not, stress is the biggest hurdle in the way of getting pregnant. All of you ladies out there consider doing yoga or joining a stress relieving program in order to stay relaxed during the mind boggling journey called Pre‐conception phase. The good news is that most of the couples are able to conceive spontaneously within 12 months of trying especially those in their 20s have 30 percent chances of getting pregnant each month. This figure however declines to 15 percent chances each month as the age approaches 40.
When Is It Time To Seek Medical Attention?
If you are a woman younger than 35 years and are unable to conceive despite 1 year of unprotected intercourse it is about time to talk to a healthcare provider. If however you are 35 years of age or above, then contact healthcare personnel to find ways to get pregnant fast after 6 months of failed efforts to get pregnant.
Put An End To Use Of Contraception Methods
The first and foremost step to pregnancy is discontinuation of any birth control pills you might have
been using in the past. It may however take you a few months to achieve the previous level of fertility
and establish a normal menstrual cycle. Same fact holds true if you have been getting shots of Depo‐
Provera as it is supposed to be a long lasting form of contraception. On the contrary, if you are one of
those women who have been relying on intrauterine devices (IUD), then getting the IUD removed by a
healthcare provider will return you to a normal level of fertility instantly.
Know When You Ovulate Each Month
In the technologically advanced world of today, it is no brainer to keep a track of your ovulation schedule. Every female ovulates each month, and the egg remains viable for up to 24 hours waiting in the womb to be fertilized by a sperm (the male counterpart of a female egg). If this does not happen, the egg disintegrates and the woman has normal bleeding as the lining of womb begins to shed itself. This explains why there is a very narrow window of opportunity each month so to make the most of it, every woman should be well aware of the frequency of her menstrual cycle and how long does it last? Here, the calendar comes in as a handy tool. You must be having a vague idea that ovulation happens on the 14th day of a menstrual cycle but unfortunately this holds true only for a minority of women who have an exact 28‐day cycle.
As for the rest of us, it is crucial to remember that the ovaries will release an egg 14 days before the last day of menstrual cycle (counting the first day of bleeding as day 1). For example, a woman with a 22‐day cycle, ovulation will occur on the 8th day of cycle as opposed to woman with 34‐day long cycle that ovulates on day 20. There are 3 easy ways to keep a track when you will ovulate:
- Changes In Consistency Of Cervical Mucus
The cervical mucus changes its texture and quantity prior to and during ovulation in order to allow easy penetration by a sperm. It becomes abundant in quantity and feels extremely stretchy, slippery and thin resembling raw egg white.
- Recording The Basal Body Temperature
This is a cornerstone to gauge your fertility accurately. You need to buy a basal body thermometer from the nearest pharmacy and record your BBT as soon as you wake up every morning before getting out of bed. Remember, it will be of no value if you forget to record BBT first thing in the morning. The temperature shows a dip on the day you ovulate and then shows an upward trend from the very next day remaining high until your regular period begins. This may not seem fruitful the very first month you start but charting BBT on a regular basis for a few consecutive months will show you the exact trend of your menstrual cycle.
- Take Help Of An Ovulation Predictor Kit
It is much less hectic than the above given methods of tracking fertility. Grab an OPK from a local pharmacy and get started but since it only carries 7strips/pack so you need to be really sure of when is the time to start using it. It senses the rise in Luteinizing hormone (a female fertility hormone) in urine which shows a surge about 24 to 72 hours prior to ovulation. It is best to use the second urine of the day instead of the first one. You are advised to start testing on day 9 of menstrual cycle and continue until you see a positive that may be a second line on the test strip or a smiley face symbol which shows that it is time to get busy with your partner.
Do Not Make Intercourse, A Chore
It is recommended that you have a regular intercourse every alternate day starting at least 5 days prior to ovulation and continuing for up to 2 days after it. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, contrary to a common notion, frequent ejaculations do not interfere with fertility of male partner so having intercourse on a daily basis during the ‘the fertile window period’ is not prohibited.
However, if it is building up your frustration and stress level then you must not indulge in baby making daily. There is is no particular intercourse position you need to fret about, just do what takes the two of you to a happy place. Keeping still with legs elevated, for up to 10 minutes after intercourse may help the sperms get to their target in time. The success is just round the corner; all you need to do is to stay focused and positive! This might be your month, go grab it!