Fertility & Ovulation Facts to Help You Get Pregnant

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If you are thinking about trying to get pregnant, there are likely many things that you already know about getting pregnant. For example, you know that some birth controls should be stopped several months prior to begin trying and you probably know that it is a good idea to start taking prenatal vitamins a few months ahead of time as well.

In fact, many women who aren’t even trying to get pregnant take prenatal vitamins because of the effects that they have on their skin and hair. However, there are several little known facts about fertility that you may find very interesting. Here are some of the ones that you probably are not aware of and need to be when you are trying to get pregnant.

1. You are fertile before you ovulate

First, you actually are fertile before you ovulate. Many women believe that they should have sex when they are ovulating, but this is not the case. You are actually more likely to get pregnant if you have sex about five days before you ovulate.
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The reason behind this is when your egg is ready to be fertilized, sperm only have about 12 to 24 hours to get there before the timing has been missed. Since sperm can live in your body for several days, having sex a few days before your fertility date can actually allow for more sperm to be in your body and offers a better chance that some will get there and fertilize your egg.

2. Don’t let your guy where tight shorts

Another fun fact; don’t let your guy where tight shorts. Temperature affects sperm tremendously. In fact, even a one degree increase can reduce the effectiveness of sperm and if your guy wears tight clothing, he can be adding to the temperature in the downstairs department. Don’t follow him around with a thermometer, but it is best if his male parts stay around 94 to 96 degrees. Wearing loose fitting clothing is the best way to keep him cool, calm and collected.
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3. Ovulation can increase sense of smell

Many women do not realize that ovulation can actually cause an increase in their sense of smell. If you have noticed strange smells recently, now is a good time to try to get pregnant. Many hormones are affected during our ovulation period and the ones that affect smell are some of them.

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4. Yoga is a great way to boost fertility

Yoga has also been a great way to boost fertility. This is probably related to the stress that is released by practicing yoga, but studies have shown that women who participate actively in yoga are more likely to get pregnant. If you aren’t into yoga, you can also try forms of meditation; they seem to affect fertility just as much.

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5. Women have a 15% chance of getting pregnant each month

If you are struggling to get pregnant, you probably do not want to know this fertility fact, but you actually only have about a 15% chance of getting pregnant each month. Some studies have shown that most couples have sex over a hundred times before they get pregnant and that it usually takes around eight months. So, the best thing to do is to keep at it and stick with building your ovulation calendar.

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6. Cleaning your teeth well is an important part of fertility

You should also know that cleaning your teeth well is an important part of fertility. Not only does this help prevent gum disease, it can also affect your baby once you do get pregnant. Many women have found that poor oral health leads to premature labor and poor birth weight. Men have also found that their sperm count is affected by poor dental hygiene.

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7. Men are naturally attracted to ovulating women

Men are naturally attracted to ovulating women. If you find that your guy has been eyeing you more lately, the chances are that you are ovulating. If you are trying to get pregnant this is the perfect time to try to conceive. Not only will it be more fun for the pair of you, but you will have a better chance of conceiving.

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Finally, fertility can actually be affected by the pill as well. Women who have been taking the pill regularly have found it easier to get pregnant once they come off of it. Studies have shown that the pill helps to regulate hormones and can even lower your risk of some types of cancers. If you are considering getting pregnant in the next couple of years, it may pay to take the pill for a few months so that you can conceive easier.

Fertility is affected by many things and there are many ways that our bodies can fight it. By learning more about fertility, women can have a better chance of getting pregnant once they are ready because they will understand how their body works and the proper ways to treat their body for the best odds of conception. Be sure to keep these facts in mind when you are trying to get pregnant.

Dr. Lynette Weiss, MD

Dr. Lynette Weiss is ConceiveEasy's Senior Physician and Scientific Director. She is certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.