Giving birth is one of the most beautiful feelings in the world. When you hold your baby for the first time, the joy is unimaginable. Only the parents will relate to the above statements I made. Your biological clock is an essential factor when it comes to conception; younger women have higher chances of conceiving within a few months. If you are finding it difficult to get pregnant, then consider visiting your gynaecologist. Here are a few ways you can increase your chances of successful conception:
- Track your cycles regularly: Every month, your reproductive system goes through several hormonal changes. You will have a fertile window of about 2-3 days when you will be ovulating. Ovulation is when a mature egg is released from the ovary, and it slides down the fallopian tube where it can be fertilised. Keep track of your cycles and have unprotected sex during and two days before ovulation. This process makes it easier for fertilisation. Sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for 4-5 days after unprotected sex.
- Ovulation predictor kit: These are simple tests that detect Luteinizing hormone (LH) in your urine sample. The levels of LH are high right before ovulation. If the results are positive, get in bed with your partner on the same day or in the next few days.
- Changes in cervical mucus: When your estrogen level rises, the cervical mucus becomes thin and slippery. You might even notice higher levels of cervical mucus during this period.
- Follicular monitoring: You need to visit your OB-GYN regularly for this, they will keep monitoring your blood hormone levels on check. They will monitor your ovaries which will help you know exactly when you are ovulating.
- You should avoid using K-Y jelly, saliva and olive oil as a lube instead use pre-seed, mineral oil and canola oil. These will not interfere with the sperm.
- Get healthy: Visit your OB-GYN when you are trying to get pregnant. At this preconception visit, you’ll talk regarding your existing health issues and gettested for genetic diseases. Try to be transparent about your health issues as these can affect your chances of conception.
Most of the healthy couples will get pregnant within a year of trying. If your tries have been unsuccessful after trying and you are younger than 35, visit your doctor for a fertility evaluation. If you are over the age of 35, you should wait for only six months before making a doctor's appointment. You should also consult your gynaecologist if you have a history of miscarriages.