How can we improve our chances to get pregnant?
Practical information and lifestyle tips to enhance chances of getting pregnant
Timing it right
You probably know that the best time to conceive is during the “fertile window” – that is, during the 6-day interval ending on the day of ovulation.1 But for some couples, the need to ‘schedule’ intercourse on a particular day or hour adds stress and accurately predicting ovulation can be a challenge. There is a more relaxed approach that may increase your chances of getting pregnant. Simply increase the frequency of intercourse beginning soon after cessation of menses if the female partner is having regular menstrual cycles.
|Frequent intercourse (every 1 to 2 days) yields the highest pregnancy rates, but results achieved with less frequent intercourse (two to three times per week) are nearly equivalent.1|
You can determine ovulation by keeping track of your basal body temperature (BBT) throughout your menstrual cycle with an ovulation calendar If you have an average 28 day menstrual cycle, monitor your body temperature about 14 days after you start your period. A rise in body temperature of about half a degree suggests this is your ovulation date.
Lifestyle choices to maximize fertility
Friends and family may have volunteered personal insights into how to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Some lifestyle tips deserve scepticism. But a surprising amount of common-sense advice rings true. While no single lifestyle change can increase fertility and deliver success, simple suggestions can produce dramatic results.
|There’s no hard evidence that relaxation leads to conception. However learning how to relax can help you cope with any stress and anxiety you may feel about fertility. It will help you gain a healthy perspective and reduce the tension in your life.|
Your fertility history
Infertility (or sub-fertility) is commonly defined as the inability of a couple to achieve a successful pregnancy conception after 12 months or more of regular unprotected intercourse.2
Earlier evaluation and treatment may be justified based on medical history and physical findings and is warranted after 6 months for women over 35 years of age.2 It’s important that your doctor knows about your medical history to assess whether earlier intervention is necessary.
|There are just a handful of days each month when a couple can achieve pregnancy. A healthy 30-year-old woman has about a 20% chance in a given month to get pregnant. This probability declines with age.³|
1. Optimizing Natural Fertility. Fertil Steril 2008;90:S1-6. 2. Definitions of fertility and recurrent pregnancy loss. Fertil Steril 2008;90:S60. 3. Age and Fertility. A Guide for Patients. ASRM 2003;http://www.asrm.org/Patients/patientbooklets/agefertility.pdf