Once a woman decides to get pregnant, it needs to be done fast or else they often get frustrated. In theory, the procedure to get pregnant is simple but in practice, conception can be a tricky process and always seems to be more difficult for those who really want to bring a child into this world. Women need to look at the basics first in order to increase their chances of getting pregnant.
Step one when it comes to getting pregnant is to keep track of those intervals between the first day of bleeding and the first day of the next menstrual cycle. If you have a regular 28 day cycle for example, you subtract 14 from 28 and this gives you an estimated ovulation date. Now, you and your partner need to have intercourse in and around day 14 of your cycle. It’s not unusual for sperm to last 2-3 days so you should begin trying for the child around day 12 and continue until at least day 16. There are a number of sites online that will do the calculations for you if you’re not sure.
The fertility window is open for between 3-5 days and this is often missed by couples who work all week and only have the time and energy for intercourse at weekends. Predicting ovulation is an excellent way for couples to increase their chances of achieving conception.
The Basal Body Temperature
Taking the basal body temperature is an ideal way for women to be precise with regards to their ovulation date. A chart improves the chances of sperm being present after the egg is released. Unfortunately, this method only tells you the peak time for ovulation after the event has already occurred which can certainly be frustrating.
For this method to work, you need to take the body’s temperature every day and put it on a chart. It’s necessary to identify a change of around 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit after ovulation. Before ovulation, a body temperature of 96-98 degrees Fahrenheit is normal but this rises to between 97-99 degrees Fahrenheit after ovulation. However, as the temperature shift can happen days after ovulation, the basal body temperature method could be in vain.
Saliva and Semen Testing
Did you know that ovulation predictor kits can also test saliva and are far better value for money than a regular saliva kit? What these kits do is monitor and identify the mineral content in saliva once it dries. A slide and microscope are used and if a pattern that looks like a fern leaf is discovered, it means that the woman is due to ovulate in the next couple of days.
An important part of the procedure to get pregnant involves testing the sperm of the male partner with male infertility kits available which measure sperm concentration. Although tests bought at a pharmacy are not 100% accurate and don’t compare to a semen analysis performed in a lab, it’s a quick way of finding out if there is a problem on the male side. Women need to keep their partners away from tight shorts and hot baths when trying to get pregnant.
If you have been following the correct procedure with regards to getting pregnant for more than six months and have not had any joy, you’re perfectly entitled to seek medical assistance. When we say ‘following procedure’, we mean that you need to document your ovulation and have intercourse at the right time for at least six months before you get your system checked. At this stage, a physician will check to see if your fallopian tubes are open as well as ordering a detailed semen analysis for your partner. There is the possibility that other tests will also be required.