Conceiving can be easy for some women, requiring only that they stop using contraception, while for other women it takes time and some lifestyle changes. Some tips on getting pregnant can include weight management, diet and exercise information and when you should see your doctor. How fast a woman conceives will vary from individual to individual and can depend on the woman’s age, weight and how frequently she has sex.
Tips on Getting Pregnant: Increasing How Often You Have Sex
Whether you have just started trying to conceive or you have been at it for a while, following some tips on getting pregnant that are science based can help to increase your odds of conceiving.
It’s important to have sex frequently. If you aren’t timing your cycle or your periods are pretty irregular, then you can cover your bases by having sex at least once every other day.
Women who have a regular twenty-eight day cycle can just count fourteen days from the first day of their last menstrual period, in order to determine when they’re ovulating. If you’re someone who does not have a regular cycle, an ovulation kit can help you to determine your most fertile time each month. Most of these kits will work by measuring the levels of LH in your body. This hormone signals the ovaries to release an egg. This hormone begins to surge around thirty-six hours before you will ovulate, but most of these kits are only able to detect LH around twenty-four hours prior. A woman with a regular twenty-eight day cycle should begin testing her urine on the ninth day after the start of her period.
Another way to track your ovulation is to monitor cervical mucus. This method isn’t as reliable as an ovulation kit, but it won’t cost you anything. To use this method you’ll need to check your secretions for two or three months, until you notice the pattern. Increased levels of progesterone will thicken the mucus right after ovulation, while estrogen will cause the mucus to be thin, following menstruation. Once you have determined when you ovulate, you can then plan to have intercourse a number of times leading up to that day.