Best Way To Get Pregnant

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Every couple that is trying to get pregnant is looking for the all-around best way to do so. Knowing the best way to get pregnant can make the conception process faster and less stressful, which is great. Read on for ways to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

Tip #1: Use An OPK

Ovulation Predictor Kits, or OPKs, are a great way to find out just when you are ovulating. By finding your ovulation days, you can know when to have sex for the best chance of getting pregnant. You can buy an ovulation predictor kit at any local drugstore, or online.

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You can also use a smartphone app or online software program to track your ovulation. Some women prefer to chart their basal body temperature with a special thermometer every day, and look for the LH surge. Some women choose to pay attention to their cervical mucus to find out just when their ovulation is occurring.

Tip #2: Have Conception Sex

Just having sex whenever you feel like it is not enough when you are trying to conceive. Once you know when you are ovulating, you have to have sex during that short window of time. Since the sperm live longer than the egg (3 days or so, compared to around 24 hours), you can actually have sex right before ovulation and the sperm will be ready and waiting to fertilize the egg once it is released.

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Many couples who are trying to conceive practice this “trick”, as well as having sex several different times during the ovulation window. It’s up to you and your partner to decide exactly how to go about your ovulation sex, but make sure that you are having it.

Tip #3: Boost Your Fertility

There are all sorts of different small changes that you can make that will be a big booster for your fertility. For example, if you are overweight, losing as little as five pounds can really help you to boost your fertility. Changing your diet from processed junk foods to whole, healthy foods can also make a big difference.

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So can giving up bad habits like smoking, using drugs, and excessive drinking. Cutting down on stress and getting enough sleep are also important things that you should be doing to boost your fertility. If you are not exercising regularly, make sure to get into the habit of a good exercise routine.

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You also might want to start on a regimen of prenatal vitamins to make sure that you are getting the best nutrition possible. To keep things simple, think of everything that you could possibly be doing to help boost your fertility, and those are the things that you should be doing and working towards each day.

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Remember that conception is a marathon, not a sprint. It might take a while to get to where you want to be, but it will be well worth it in the end. Just keep your head up and don’t get discouraged, and keep trying to meet your goals.

Dr. Karen Leham, MD

Dr. Karen Leham is double board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and in Reproductive Endocronology and Infertility. Dr. Leham completed her residency at Loyola University, followed by a fellowship at UCLA.