Getting pregnant is not always easy, and in many cases, it may take up to several months until a couple finally conceives a baby. Fortunately, there are a number of methods that can help to improve your fertility and the chances of conception. These methods include things that you should, as well as things you should not do to get pregnant faster.
Below, there are six tips on what not to do, if you want to conceive as soon as possible.
#1: Do not limit your sexual activity only to your most fertile days.
It is known that the chances of conception are higher during the two days prior to and one day of ovulation – the release of the egg from ovaries, which happens twelve to sixteen days before your next menstrual period. There are various methods that help to track the ovulation period. For instance, you can use ovulation predictor kits, chart your body basal temperatures, or check cervical mucus changes.
However, although you are most fertile when you are ovulating, you don’t have to have sex only during this time. According to research, the more frequent is sex, the healthier is the sperm. Therefore, it is a good idea to have sex before the ovulation period, in order to get healthy “swimmers” when it’s time.
Besides, sex after ovulation may also contribute to successful conception. Specialists believe that semen supports embryo development and implantation.
Finally, there is an emotional aspect in favor of having sex during the whole months and not only during your ovulation period – your partner feels less stressed. In fact, for some men, the pressure that is put on them during ovulation period is too intense.
Based on a related study, couples who tend to have sex only during ovulation are more likely to experience issues associated with erectile dysfunction and even extramarital affairs. If you notice that your relationship suffers from your intention to focus on timed intercourse, you are better off forgetting it. Having sex more or less three times a week during the whole month is enough.
#2: Do not put passion and fun on the back burner when trying to conceive.
Some people think that conception sex is only about the intercourse, not passion. However, things are not so simple.
According to research, you are more likely to get pregnant, if you are having sex that gives you pleasure, rather than a quick intercourse. Studies suggest that longer foreplays and increased sexual arousal may increase the quantity and concentration of sperm ejaculated.
In women, lengthier foreplay increases the amounts of cervical fluids, which are essential in the process of sperm transportation within the vaginal environment. It also provides higher chances of female orgasm, which can also help to conceive.
All this does not imply that you are not likely to get pregnant after a quick and quite an unpassionate sex. In many cases, such intercourses lead to conception. Pregnancy is also possible, even if both of you are under stress.
Yet, making the experience less stressful and more pleasurable may really increase your chances of getting pregnant.
#3: Do not use popular personal lubricants such as Astroglide or KY Jelly.
Sufficient lubrication is essential for a comfortable and pleasurable sex. In most cases, your own body provides enough lubricating fluid, but sometimes, couples may need some external help.
A lot of couples use lubricants found at a local pharmacy, including such popular brands as Astroglide or KY Jelly. However, based on a recent research, the majority of such lubricants are harmful to sperm.
Therefore, when it comes to baby-making sex, specialists do not recommend using lubricants, unless you find a fertility-friendly alternative. Fortunately, today’s market offers various options.
#4: Do not wash yourself with vaginal douche products.
Up to forty percent of women in the United States are using a vaginal douche. Douching is the practice of flushing the vagina with water and other fluids in order to cleanse it. Vaginal douches are available in the form of squirt bottles filled with water and vinegar and sometimes perfumes that cover up the natural vaginal scents. A tube attached to this bottle is used to squirt the fluid up and into the vaginal canal.
As mentioned above, there are a lot of women who use this cleansing method. However, if you are trying to conceive, you will probably have to stop doing it. The reason lies in the potential side effects of douching.
Thus, one study has found that women who use vaginal douches have 30 percent less chances to get pregnant, than those who don’t. Besides, vaginal douching may cause other negative effects on your health, such as increased risk of vaginal infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, as well as ectopic pregnancy.
You may be using douche products because you try to cover up the strong vaginal odors. If this is your case, you should visit your doctor, as this could be a sign of a certain vaginal infection. Infections may also affect your fertility in a negative way.
Speaking about scented tampons, pads, vaginal sprays, etc., it has not been proved yet that these products affect your fertility. However, specialists often recommend women to avoid those, since they may trigger irritations leading to infection.
#5: Do not forget about the importance of your overall well-being.
It is extremely important to maintain your health in general, and especially when trying to get pregnant. This helps to decrease the risks of pregnancy complications and increases the chances of having a healthy baby. Besides, a good health condition may improve your chances of conceiving at first place.
A human body is mechanism where all the organs work depending on each other. For instance, male fertility may suffer, if a man has a gum disease. Therefore, you should always maintain your overall well-being in order to ensure your reproductive health is OK.
In addition, common unhealthy habits like junk-food diet, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and (maybe) caffeine may affect your fertility, as well.
Being at a healthy weight is also important when you are trying to conceive. If you are over or underweight, you will need to take measures to achieve a healthier weight.
Finally, make sure to pay attention to any annoying symptoms. For example, such symptoms as bad cramps, painful sexual intercourse, irregular menstrual cycles may be a signal of some fertility issue. If you experience anything similar, you should speak to your healthcare provider.
#6: Do not delay fertility treatment.
In most cases, it’s not possible to control how soon the conception occurs. You may be having sex during the whole month, but there are no results. In fact, more than 60 percent of the couples willing to have a baby cannot conceive after one month of trying. However, a six months period tends to be enough for more than 80 percent of couples.
Sometimes, couples who have been trying to conceive for too long (a year or more) choose to seek for medical help. In such cases, it’s very important not to wait too long, especially when you are getting older, since your age is also a factor. Moreover, there are particular forms of infertility that get worse with time, which means you may put yourself on a significant risk, if you delay the treatment. Therefore, women over 35 years who have been trying to conceive for six months with no results, must see a specialist.
Fertility treatments are often associated with high, often unaffordable prices, which is why some couples delay the treatment or choose not to seek help at all. In this case, it is recommended to at least make a research. There are certain treatment options that are not so expensive and that are likely to work in your case.
Another reason why some couples prefer not to use fertility treatment is their unwillingness to do in vitro fertilization. Again, a simple research will show you that infertility can be treated with various methods and only a small percentage of infertile couples will actually need IVF.
However, you will never know unless you consult your doctor. Fertility testing will determine your problem, based on which the doctor will recommend possible treatments.