5 Tips If You Are Trying To Conceive

5 Tips If You Are Trying To Conceive

People have different timelines and reasons to start their families. Some might begin trying and conceive immediately, while for some it might be long and arduous. Do keep in mind that it takes a couple of months for most couples to conceive. Here are some tips to help you in your journey.

1. Stop using any form of birth control

This might seem like a very basic tip, but it is a very important one. Birth control pills prevent ovulation or the process through which the ovary releases a mature egg. In the absence of ovulation, there is no egg to fertilize and hence there can be no pregnancy. If you have been on birth control for a while, you might be worried about how it affects your fertility. There are no known long-term side effects of birth control pills on fertility. However, depending on the type of birth control pill you're on, it may take anywhere between a couple of months to a year to conceive after stopping the pill. It is best to talk to your medical provider to know more.

2. Time your sex

A lot of people might tell you to have sex constantly. While that doesn't sound like a terrible idea, it might be better to time it around your fertile window. Each month, the ovary releases an egg that travels down the fallopian tube and waits there for 12-24 hours. If a sperm meets the egg during this period, there is a high chance of fertilization. This process is called ovulation and gives you an insight into your fertility window. Five days before ovulation and the day of your ovulation are roughly defined as your fertility window. Ovulation and fertility window are not the same for everyone and can occur on different days of your cycle.

💡 To estimate your ovulation date, take the length of your cycle and deduct 14 days from it. Say your cycle is 32 days long. You might ovulate on 32-14 = 18th day of your cycle. This means the 18th day from when your last period started. Your fertility window in this case is between the 12th - 18th days of your cycle.

Tracking your menstrual cycle can help with identifying your fertility window. Having knowledge about your ovulation and fertility window gives you insight into when is the right time to have sex. Look out for physical signs of ovulation such as cervical mucus, basal temperature, and others.  

3. Take extra care of your health

Ensure that you are giving your body the nourishment it needs to boost fertility. This includes having a healthy diet (avoid bingeing, cut down on alcohol consumption, and smoking), and incorporating physical activity into your daily routines. In addition to this, try and destress and get in some time to wind down and keep yourself calm and relaxed. You might find yourself stressed and anxious in your efforts to conceive, but take a step back and remember that stress adversely affects your fertility and you won't gain anything by stressing too much

The preconception period is a great time to start prenatal vitamins which mainly include a combination of folic acid, calcium, iron, and vitamin D. These are essential for the development of the child. Your medical provider may recommend additional supplements depending on the individual needs of your body.

4. Avoid using lubricants

You might be using lubricants to increase your pleasure and it is a brilliant way to enjoy sex with your partner. Unfortunately, most lubricants have a negative impact on sperm motility, that is the ability of the sperm to move towards the egg. Hence, you might want to cut down on your lube usage. Anyway, the vagina is the best source of natural lubrication, so get your foreplay game on!

5. Don't overdo it

You might be tracking your fertile window and think that having sex very frequently during that period will help you maximize your odds. Think again. Having too much sex can be counterproductive and might even lead to burnout. It might also make the whole process very mechanical and take the fun and intimacy out of it. Try to enjoy the process and take time to listen to your body.

Trying to get pregnant can be very stressful, especially if you have hormonal conditions such as PCOS. Remember to be patient, it might take you several months of trying before you conceive, this is normal. Do not be disheartened. However, if you have been trying for more than 12 months and have not been able to conceive, it might be time to visit a medical provider to understand why.  

Written by Sharanya Menon

Content and community lead at Uvi Health.
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