All women and men must have an infertility evaluation if the woman is 35 or older and has not become pregnant after six months of having regular, unprotected sex. To optimize a woman’s chances of conceiving, taking better care of her body is a good first step. Secondly, it's important to know how far apart her cycles are so she can more accurately time her ovulation window and get pregnant.
10 Tips & Tricks to Get Pregnant
Here are 10 tips and tricks that may help increase a healthy woman's chances of becoming pregnant.
1. Record menstrual cycle frequency
A woman who wants to have a baby should monitor her periods for regularity. A woman's egg is fertile for only 12 to 24 hours after its release. However, a man's sperm can survive in a woman's body for up to five days.
2. Monitor ovulation
Women with regular cycles ovulate about two weeks before the arrival of their periods. It's harder to predict ovulation for a woman with irregular cycles, but it usually occurs 12 to 16 days before the start of her next period.
There are several methods women can use to help determine their ovulation window each month.
- Ovulation-predication kits can be purchased at most drug stores
- A woman can track her cervical mucus by looking for a slippery appearance
3. Have sex every other day during the ovulation window
A woman’s ovulation window spans a six-day interval, the five days prior to ovulation and the day of it. Fertility tracking apps on websites can be used to determine a woman’s ovulation window.
4. Strive for a healthy body weight
Being overweight can reduce a woman's odds of conceiving, but being too thin can make it even harder to have a baby. Research has shown that a woman who is overweight can take twice as long to become pregnant than a woman whose BMI is considered normal. Likewise, women who are too thin might not be getting regular periods or could stop ovulating.
5. Take a prenatal vitamin
Women who are attempting to conceive should start taking a prenatal vitamin even before becoming pregnant. This way a woman can find one that's more agreeable to her system and stay on it during pregnancy.
6. Eat healthy foods
Eating a specific fertility-promoting diet can help prepare a woman's body for pregnancy by giving her adequate stores of critical nutrients such as calcium, protein and iron. This means eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, dairy and healthy sources of fat.
7. Cut back on strenuous workouts
Being physically active most days of the week can help a woman's body prepare for the demands of pregnancy and labor. But doing frequent strenuous workouts could interfere with ovulation.
8. Be aware of age-related fertility declines
As women get older their fertility decreases because of age-related changes in the ovaries that cause a decline in the quantity and quality of her eggs. There's a gradual fertility decline in women beginning in their 30s, a sharper decline after age 37, and a steep decline after age 40. These declines mean it may take longer to become pregnant.
9. Kick the smoking and drinking habits
Smoking can lead to fertility problems in both women and men. Chemicals found in cigarette smoke, such as nicotine and carbon monoxide, speed up the loss rate of a woman's eggs. Smoking ages a woman's ovaries and depletes her supply of eggs prematurely. It's safest for a woman to avoid alcohol when she is hoping to become pregnant. Once a woman becomes pregnant, there's no safe amount of alcohol.
10. Infertility Awareness
Pregnancy success is reliant on many patient-focused variables.
- Infertility diagnosis
- History of previous pregnancies
- History of previous miscarriages
- Number of failed IVF cycles – fresh and frozen embryo transfers
- Number of embryos transferred in a single cycle
- IVF protocol recommended
- IVF ancillary procedures used – ICSI, Assisted Hatching, In Vitro Maturation
- Genetic testing to select only quality embryos for transfer – PGD, PGS/NGS
- Gender Selection
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Difficult Patients Welcome
We don’t refuse those patients diagnosed as a difficult case. At New Hope Fertility Center, we welcome patients rejected by other fertility specialists because they are deemed to be hopelessly infertile.
- No refusals based on a woman’s advanced maternal age
- No refusals based on low FSH levels
- No refusals based on the number of potential eggs (follicles) a woman can produce per fresh cycle
- No refusals because a woman does not respond well to fertility medication
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