For some people, pregnancy is slow to arrive. Whether you have some fertility issues to contend with, difficulty making time to try regularly or simply suffering from bad luck, it’s not unreasonable to worry it could take you longer than you’d like to see a positive result on your pregnancy test.
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Fortunately there are some simple steps you can take to improve your chances, and the speed with which you can achieve a pregnancy and begin to move toward becoming a parent for the first time!
With fertility, timing is everything. There is a span of a few days in each month when your fertility is at its natural peak – this is known as the fertile window, and it’s defined by three things: when you ovulate, the fertile lifespan of the egg, and the fertile lifespan of sperm.
When you ovulate, that egg is fertile for between twelve and twenty four hours under normal circumstances. Sperm, meanwhile, can survive for around five days in a woman’s body after ejaculation.
This means that the five days before ovulation and for as long as a day afterwards comprises your fertile window – when the sperm can survive to reach the egg while it’s fertile. If you know when your fertile window is, you can consciously concentrate your attempts to conceive on this key time. giving yourself a very real fertility advantage.
There are lots of different methods for predicting your fertile window, but if you’re looking for real accuracy you need a modern fertility kit which can use data like the results of hormone based ovulation predictors, your basal body temperature and your progesterone levels to identify exactly where you are in your menstrual cycle and when you’ll next be at the peak of fertility.
Talking to Experts
One of the most valuable things you can do is ensure you’re talking to the experts as you make your plans. Whether it’s your doctor, or a fertility specialist, they can help to identify the very specific issues that may be impacting your fertility, and help you find very specific remedies.
For example, if you have polycystic ovary syndrome – a common fertility issue caused by your body creating too much of some key hormones – then it can be useful to you adjust your diet and take a supplement of inositol, whereas if you don’t have the condition, those changes won’t have as dramatic an effect.
Being specific and ensuring that you’re addressing your individual fertility concerns gives you the best chance of boosting your fertility for a quicker conception without wasting your time or resources.
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