Indulge sex for five days leading up to ovulation day, which you can also track with an ovulation calendar & signs like raw egg white-like mucus. Sex pose does not matter but tries the much vouched-for doggy pose. Alcohol and smoking both harm conception & sperm quality as do antidepressants & many over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs. Consume veggies for slow carbs & proteins, plant irons & oily fish. Stay active.
Thinking of having a baby sounds like a lot of fun & no chore. After all, making child comes as naturally to all living beings as breathing, eating & sleeping. But having sex with your partner is all nice & lot of spice, conception may sometimes not be as quick as an orgasm.
Have You Been Checking All The Boxes?
1. You Are Actually Timing Your Intercourse To Your Ovulation
A reality is, one of your ovaries releases an egg every month in a process named as ovulation. It then moves to the fallopian tube where it fuses with the waiting sperm. This process is called as fertilization. It is important to track your ovulation since you are fertile for only five days leading up to the day of ovulation and a day after. This is why, while the sperm can live for a max of 5 days inside your body, your egg is available for fertilization only for 12 to 24 hours. So your fertile window is 6 days with the day before ovulation showing the highest chance of conception.
Most ovulation calendars on the Internet will tell you that ovulation occurus on the 14th day of a 28-day menstrual cycle, calculating the 1st day of your last period as Day one, or 14 days before your next period, irrespective of the cycle length. But this is rarely the case. More than 70% women are in their fertile window before day 10 or after day 17 of their menstrual cycle.
If you have a regular cycle or not, your foolproof bet is to look out for the following indication of ovulation in not your fertile window but what the American Pregnancy Association calls your fertile phase is Day 7 to Day 20:
- Raw egg white–like clear, slippery & runny liquid in your vagina that can stretch about 5 inches without breaking
- A huge amount of luteinizing hormone (LH) in the urine that increase each day for three days max, as detected with an ovulation predictor kit
- A drop in temperature on the day of high LH & a sharp raises by .4 to 1 degree Fahrenheit within 2 days, measured by a basal thermometer
- Increased sexual desire & fantasies
- A centrally aligned soft cervix, which is challenging to reach, with a slight opening in the middle
- Breast tenderness coinciding with egg white-like cervical mucus
- Pinkish or Brownish blood spots, or very mild flow & dull pain on one side of the abdomen
Others may not all appear together, but the first 4 are reliable indices. Usually, you ovulate within a day later you notice the highest number of LH and the last day of egg white-like mucus. The temperature growth happens the day after ovulation. To calculate your day of ovulation, read: systematic Way To Calculate Your Ovulation Day.
It’s hard to understand which day is the last day of the egg white-like mucus unless you have found a pattern by noticing these signs for a few months so that you can somewhat predict your dates. To be on the safe side:
- Get down to the game as soon as you observe the egg white-like mucus and a rise in LH. You are in your fertile window. Have sex every day to increase your chances. The perfect day is the day before your ovulate. You can stop having sex after you notice the temperature rise because the odds of conceiving drops to almost 0% on the day after ovulation.
- If the signs are not very clear to you, take no risk & have sex every alternate day from Day 7 to Day 20. Throw on Day 6 & Day 21 if you want to be extra-careful.
2. You Are Trying The Missionary & The Doggy Pose
There is little scientific proof about what position or form exactly gets you pregnant fast. Actually, as long as the sperm is deposited inside your vagina, things should work. However, anecdotal notes from couples with good and healthy babies give thumbs up to certain positions like
- The good old “vanilla” position or missionary position that is considered the safest & most efficient for the job
- Rear insertion or doggy position that is believed to work as it allows the penis to reach the cervix & allows for the ejaculation to be closer to the cervix
That doesn’t mean, you don’t have to ditch your favorite positions & try only these, especially since there’s no any documented research on these positions. But it surely doesn’t hurt to try & see if there’s merit to these old wives’ tales.
3. You And Your Partner Are Avoiding These Meds
There are some medicines that can affect the chances of conceiving and their bad effect is not limited to women. As a woman, if you are holding any of the following medicines, you need to check with your doctor before trying to conceive.
- Anti-inflammatory drugs: Quickly available drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin fall into this category.
- Spironolactone: This is used to alleviate liquid retention. The outcome of the medicine is reversible and you should be able to get pregnant a couple of months after stopping the medication.
- Chemotherapy: Certain drugs or medicines applied for chemotherapy to tackle cancer can result in permanent ovarian failure.
- Neuroleptic medicines: These are antipsychotic drugs medicines that can mess with your periods & lead to infertility.
If your partner is taking the following medicines:
- Testosterone: Replacement testosterone (also known as supplemental testosterone) affects the natural production of testosterone that, in turn, inhibits, sperm production.
- Anabolic steroids: The anabolic steroids used to build muscle mass & decrease body fat affect fertility the same way testosterone does. So if your partner is a professional body builder, he should pause or rest his body building efforts for a bit.
- Medication for prostate enlargement: Certain medications like dutasteride, propecia & finasteride, used to treat prostate enlargement & hair loss, can affect fertility. But the result is mild and will reverse once the medicine is discontinued. The alpha blockers or drugs that treat hypertension & problems with urination because of prostate enlargements, such as Alfuzosin, Hytrin, silodosin, tamsulosin & Cardura too can come in the way of your family plan.
- Erectile dysfunction medication: Viagra, Levitra, Cialis or any oil(Japaani Tel) used to treat erectile dysfunction can delay getting you pregnant.
- Antidepressants & anti-anxiety drugs: Antibiotics prescribed to treat depression & anxiety could prevent the proper movement of sperm through the reproductive tract or could affect the sperm.
- Fungal infection Drug: Ketoconazole, a medicine used to treat fungal infections, if taken as a pill and not as an ointment, could affect your partner’s testosterone quality & sperm production.
There are additional medications, too that could affect or delay pregnancy. Please do check with your doctor if you are on medication.
4. None Of You Are Boozing, Smoking & Overdosing On Caffeine
Party animals or late nights coupled with binge drinking sessions are no friends of baby making. Reports have linked alcohol intake to decreased possibilities of conception in women. A study on Danish couples in the age group of 20–35 years trying to conceive for the first time found that in the six cycles of follow-up, 64% women with a weekly alcohol intake of fewer than five drinks and only 55% women with a higher intake could conceive.
The researcher’s outcome came to the conclusion that the more a woman drinks alcohol, the less her probability of conceiving, even when she is doing sex during the fertile window of the month.
So, even if you have a weekly alcohol intake of 5 or fewer drinks, you are sabotaging your baby-making efforts. And though hard it is, keep the wine glasses & the shot glasses away from yourself & partner.
Yes, your partner as well. He can consume to enjoy a couple of drinks per week but not more than that if he doesn’t want to compromise on his quality of semen. Heavy drinking raises the amount of free testosterone in the blood, which can begin to problems in semen volume & sperm density. Excessive intake can even lead to reduced sex drive & sexual performance.
But don’t make up for all your lost alcohol with endless cups of coffee either. The tea , soft drinks, caffeine in coffee and chocolate may prolong the time to pregnancy. According to the Fertility Society of Australia. Limit your caffeine intake to 1–2 cups of coffee a day.
Smoking, which is injurious to health at all times, is especially bad for conception & both you and your partner should quit smoking when hoping for a visit from the stork.
5. You Are Eating These 8 Foods
You are welcome to try the foreign aphrodisiacs like oysters & Chinese ginseng but not at the cost of mainstream healthy foods that contain the right carbs, protein, quality fats, essential vitamins & minerals. Eat lots of veggies & fruits to aid your reproductive system to function well. A comprehensive examination of diet & fertility in an eight-year study of more than 18,000 women found these 8 things that enhance fertility in women:
- Unsaturated vegetable oils that found in nuts & seeds like walnuts, almonds, olive oil & avocado oil to help improve the body’s sensitivity to insulin & heal inflammation, both factors being important for pregnancy.
- Oily fish like salmon & sardines—but make sure you are buying from a great place as stale fish leads to health complications.
- Vegetable proteins such as beans, peas & nuts
- Carbs like whole grains, green vegetables & whole fruits that are slowly digested.
- Water in sufficient quantity.
- Multivitamins to get some additional folic acid, about 400 micrograms a day
- Plant irons like whole grain cereals, tomatoes, beetroot, pumpkin, and spinach.
- Whole milk and full-fat yogurt not skimmed milk
Ignore high-sugar, high-calorie processed foods that have trans fats, which clog arteries, affect heart health, and also threaten fertility.
Apart from this, maintain normal weight and a BMI of 20–24. Being overweight can interrupt menstrual cycles & affect ovulation. And for that, also stay physically active & try to get enough exercise or a yoga. A brisk walk in the fresh air is always good for your system & also benefits you to stay stress- free.
6. And Your Partner Is Eating These Four
Fertility is a lot about female health, but it’s not just a Female thing.Even, men need to have a healthy diet as well to raises chances of conception. Some of the nutrients that improve semen production & quality in men are:
- Zinc, found in beef, pumpkins & spinach, increases the sperm count and motility
- Vitamin C, found in leafy greens & citrus fruits, prevents sperm from clumping together
- Vitamin E in combination with selenium, found in almonds & chia seeds, respectively also enhance sperm quality
- Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish like tuna, fish oil and chia seeds, enhance sperm viability
Your partner should avoid soybean as studies and reports are been carried out that a compound called genistein, found in all soy-based foods and products like soy milk, tofu & edamame, slows down or even destroys human sperm.
7. Your Gynecologist Knows All Your Medical Stuff
Share your medical history with your gynecologist, letting him/her know about any medications you may be taking for high blood pressure, PCOS, thyroid, diabetes, or any other health problems; previous pregnancies and/or miscarriage (if any) and your dietary intake & your lifestyle habits. Being on the same page with your gynecologist is as necessary for your conception as eating healthy & tracking ovulation. Now that you understand all the guidelines for hassle-free conception & have checked all the boxes, set for the “good news.” Your journey to parenthood is about to start. All the best for the roller-coaster ride.