There are various reasons why you may want to conceive quickly. You may have a plan to have children at certain age, or you are afraid that you might soon become too old to conceive. Or there may be no particular reason but you just feel you are ready to become a parent and want it to happen as soon as possible.
If you recognize your situation, then there are both good and bad news. The good news is that there are ways to increase the chances of getting pregnant fast. However, pregnancy is something you can plan exactly, which means these tips may not work for some couples. According to statistics, about 70 percent of couples who followed the instructions managed to conceive in three months, while in twelve months the rate of successful conception increased to 92 percent.
If you think you have been trying to conceive for a long time already, but your attempts remain unsuccessful, you need to realize that there might be some underlying problem that does not let you get pregnant. In fact, about 10 percent of couples around the world experience infertility at some point. However, remember that this is not the end, and there are various treatments that do help in such cases.
Below are a few tips/recommendations that are considered to help with conception.
The More the Better
Specialists recommend to aim for “ovulation window” in order to increase the chances of successful conception. However, this method may not be effective enough because it’s easy to make a mistake. In that case, the whole month will be lost.
Regular and frequent intercourses, for instance, every other day or every two days, during the entire month have shown to be good for baby making. Although doctors do advise having a lot of sex, it is not necessary to have it every day, since in most cases, this just results in burnout. The optimal frequency of sexual intercourses is three to four times a week, as this way, you more likely to have sex once or even twice during your most fertile period. Besides, having sex frequently helps to improve the health of the sperm, which increases your chances of getting pregnant.
Optimize Your Sex for Conception
Optimizing your baby making sex can help you conceive faster. Thus, you should pay more attention to certain details of your sexual habits, including personal lubricants. Regular lubricants such as Astroglide and KY Jelly may cause harm to the health of sperm. In fact, the best option for baby making sex is rather your own cervical fluid. However, if this appears to be problematic in your situation, specialists recommend using sperm-friendly options.
Some people believe that certain sexual positions or lying down after the sex increases the chances of successful conception. While this hypothesis still remains debatable, some research on intrauterine insemination treatment suggested that lying on the back after insemination for a few minutes may help to get pregnant. Therefore, you may want to try various methods, if you are willing to conceive faster, including lying down and using more creative sexual positions.
In addition, having passionate sex might influence your chances of conceiving. According to research, the amount of sperm ejaculated depends on the level of sexual arousal. Besides, female orgasm may also contribute to conception.
Ovulation Monitoring Is Important
The term ovulation describes the process of the release of egg from the ovaries caused by hormone changes, which happens once in every menstrual cycle. Usually, this happens 12 to 16 days prior to the next period. The two days before the ovulation are the most fertile. There are several methods that can help you calculate which days these are. For instance, you can chart your body basal temperatures during the month, check for fertile cervical mucus, keep track of cervical changes, and use a saliva ferning microscope.
However, all the mentioned methods are quite difficult to use, since it takes both time and effort to learn using them. Thus, when it comes to basal body temperature charting, you may have trouble trying to figure out how to measure your temperatures right in the morning and interpret you chart. Therefore, many specialists recommend using ovulation predictor kits or ovulation monitors.
Ovulation predictor kits, also known as ovulation tests, have a mechanism similar to that of pregnancy tests. You need to urinate on it to obtain the result. However, make sure to get familiar with the instruction, because ovulation tests are more complicated than pregnancy tests, and therefore, it is harder to interpret them.
On the other hand, there are also digital devices called ovulation monitors available on the market, which are able to inform you about your most fertile days. However, ovulation monitor is significantly more expensive than other options.
Improve Your Fertility by Optimizing Your Lifestyle
The chances of conceiving can also be increased by some general lifestyle modifications, most of which are pretty obvious.
To start with, you need to stabilize your sleeping habits and make sure you sleep enough. Problems with sleep, such as insomnia, are unlikely to cause infertility, but may interfere with your plans on getting pregnant quickly, since they can they can cause missed or irregular periods.
Diet is an important factor to consider, as well, if you want to get pregnant. Following a healthy balanced diet and drinking enough water improves your chances of conceiving. It is strongly recommended to avoid binge diets and other extreme types of eating plans, if you are trying to become pregnant.
Stress can also affect your chances to get pregnant in a negative way. Although infertility as a potential side effect of acute stress is still under debate, this condition can interrupt your menstrual cycle. Just one missed period is enough to stand in the way with your intention to conceive quickly, within one or two months. Therefore, doctors always recommend women trying to get pregnant (and those who are already pregnant) to minimize their stress levels as much as possible.
Women trying to get pregnant have to make sure they are getting enough folic acid – a man-made form of vitamin B9, or folate. Taking a recommended dose of folic acid before and during pregnancy can help to prevent serious birth defects of the spinal cord and the brain of the baby. Besides, it may improve your fertility.
Another thing you can do to increase your chances of successful conception is to achieve a healthy weight before trying to get pregnant. It does take more effort and time, but you should keep in mind that even slightly overweight women tend to have more fertility issues than those at a healthy weight.
On the other hand, there are also some tips for men, that can help to conceive faster. For instance, they are recommended to keep their reproductive organs away from the heat in order to keep the temperature in the scrotum at a normal level. For this, avoid hot tubs and seat warming systems, do not place laptops directly on the lap and do not sit with the legs close together for a long time.
Finally, both men and women should quit smoking and decrease the consumption of alcoholic drinks, which will help to improve your health in general and increase your chances to have a healthy pregnancy and child.
Medical Help Can Be an Option
It often takes time, sometime up to one year, to get pregnant, but in some cases, women are not able to conceive even after that. Thus, women over 35 years of age who cannot get pregnant within half a year or women younger than 35 who do not conceive within a year may want to seek for medical help. Some people perceive using medical intervention as giving up. However, it actually just means you are brave enough to find out why you cannot get pregnant and whether you can change it.