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Getting PregnantFor some women, getting pregnant might be as easy as getting rid of the contraception, be it their first baby or their third. For others, trying to get pregnant is as troublesome as a chore, a crazy struggle involving ovulation kits, waiting for monthly cycles, and most commonly taking fertility tests to pinpoint the problem.

Regardless of whether you have just started trying for a baby or have already tried many times, heeding some good advice that’s based on science can help you increase the odds of conceiving. Here are some tips from fertility experts.

 

1.       Try to have sex frequently

This might seem like common sense, but many working adults have busy lives and rarely have the time to do it. If you do not time your cycles or you have periods that aren’t regular, you can still cover up the gaps by having sex every other day.

2.       Figure out when you are fertile

If you have very regular 28-day cycles, you can just count 14 days from the first day of your period to determine your ovulation date. In the event that your cycles aren’t regular, using an ovulation kit can help you put a finger on your most fertile time.

Ovulation kits help you to predict your most fertile time of the month with great accuracy. Ovulation kits, being easy to use, can greatly increase your chances of conception. Just before ovulation, there is a surge of LH(Luteinizing Hormone). Ovulation kits work by detecting the LH, allowing you to accurately predict when you will ovulate. If you get a positive result, you most likely will become fertile over the next 3 days, being the most fertile at 36 hours following the LH surge. LH begins to increase around 36 hours before ovulation, but most kits aren’t able to detect it until 24 hours before. If you have a normal 28-day cycle, testing your urine on days nine or ten after the start of your period would be beneficial to you and help you not miss your surge.

3.       Positions aren’t that important

There are many myths about the best positions for getting pregnant, but those are just what they are—myths. There has really been no scientific evidence saying that a certain position is better than another position when it comes to making a baby and conceiving.

It is very rare for a woman’s cervix to be in such an unusual position where it can actually make a difference. Certain positions, such as standing or sitting during intercourse, might affect sperm and pull them down due to gravity. These are the only few exceptions that gravity will actually make a difference.

4.       Don’t try too much

Even if you have sex every day, this might not increase your chances of getting pregnant, even if you do it during ovulation. Instead, you should focus on doing it every other night (around the time that you ovulate) as sperm can live up to 72 hours after intercourse. It is best to have sex regularly, whether you’re ovulating, or not.

Wearing tight-fitting clothing can negatively affect sperm count too. Spending too much time in a hot tub or Jacuzzi can also be detrimental. What your husband does with his cell phone is also important.  A study in the journal Fertility and Sterility showed that men who used a hands-free device with a cell phone and kept their phone close to their testicles had poorer sperm quality.

Your husband might also want to avoid soy products. Men who eat more soy products have been known to have a lower sperm count compared to men who don’t eat soy foods, according to a study published online in Human Reproduction.

5.       Try to stay relaxed

Sometimes trying to get pregnant can be a stressful thing, but try to stay relaxed. Stress can actually affect your ovulation, so try your best to de-stress using healthy ways.

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