Wednesday 25 March 2020

The Key to Getting Pregnant?

{Collaborative content} When you decide the time is right to start on your journey towards parenthood, you dont want to wait around! Unfortunately, for a lot of would-be parents, waiting is precisely what they have to do. Even if youre in the peak of reproductive health, with no bar to your fertility, youre at the mercy of sheer chance: pregnancy is never a certainty, and you may simply be unlucky. If you have a health condition that affects your fertility, then those odds lengthen further.

Unfortunately, there is no single key to getting pregnant, but there is one very important thing you can do to shorten those odds and increase the likelihood of your getting pregnant, and it all revolves around ovulation.

Ovulation is the event that makes you fertile: you can only get pregnant when sperm encounter and fertilise an egg within 24 hours of it being ovulated. If you can answer questions like When does ovulation start?’ and How long does ovulation last?you can boost your chances of getting pregnant when you want to.

Ovulation and Fertility

Ovulation and fertility are linked, but they arent one and the same: you dont only have that 24 period in which you can get pregnant. Sperm can survive up to five days in a womans body, so sex from up to 120 hours prior to ovulation can potentially lead to fertilisation and pregnancy!

Knowing when you ovulate is still key to your fertility: if you can predict when you will ovulate, then you know when this fertile windowwill begin. You can consciously focus your attempts to conceive on this time when you stand the greatest chance of success, which boosts your odds of getting pregnant!

Tracking Ovulation

The two most common methods you have of tracking ovulation are ovulation predictor kits, and BBT tracking. OPKs test your urine for the surge in Luteinising Hormone that causes ovulation, and use that tell you when youve ovulated - its an easy test to use and widely available but not always accurate if you have any kind of hormone disruption that could affect your readings.

BBT tracking involves taking your temperature each morning and looking for small changes across the course of your whole cycle. If you detect a rise of a tenth of a degree thats sustained for three days at least, its an indicator you are ovulating.

The key thing to do is to apply what youve learned to your next cycle. If your tests show you you ovulate on the 14th day after your period, then you know that next time, you should begin trying to conceive from the 5th day after your period to boost your chances of getting pregnant!

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