Every month, hormones from pituitary gland stimulate your ovaries to release an egg, or ovulate. It happens around day 14 of the menstrual cycle, although the exact timing may vary among women or even from month to month. The more sex you have, the greater your chances of getting pregnant. You should know that with frequent unprotected sex, most healthy couples conceive within six months.
You must figure out when you're most fertile. Most women's cycles vary from month to month, it's no wonder most couples have some mistaken notions about predicting when ovulation will occur and when you're most fertile.
Lack of knowledge can add unneeded frustration and delay. Many women think that the minute they stop using birth control, they'll conceive. Woman's fertile period lasts six days: the five days leading up to, and the day of, ovulation — the time of the month, about midway between menstrual cycles, when an egg is released from one of your ovaries. You should know that sperm may live up to five days; even old sperm can fertilize an egg.
A natural method of family planning that depends on watching changes in the type and amount of cervical mucus as a means of telling the time of ovulation during the menstrual cycle. Because pregnancy occurs with fertilization of an egg released from the ovary at ovulation, the method is used to increase the woman's chance of becoming pregnant.
One method is to have intercourse every other day between days 10 and 18 of your cycle. You should count the first day of your period as day 1. You should know that this is the time during which ovulation typically occurs.
You can also detect ovulation by watching for changes in your cervical mucus. At the start of the menstrual cycle, this mucus is sparse, tacky, and dense. When is time of ovulation it becomes increasingly plentiful and slippery. Judging the texture and appearance of vaginal secretions can be in some cases subjective.
You should determine when you are the most fertile. Use calendar to mark the day your period begins each month. Also track the number of days each period lasts. If your cycles are irregular, subtract 18 from the number of days in your shortest cycle. You should know that many factors may affect the exact timing of ovulation, including illness, stress and exercise. This method with a calendar is often inaccurate, especially for women who have irregular cycles.
Basal body temperature - method of family planning
Basal body temperature is method of family planning, a natural method of family planning that relies on identifying the fertile period during a woman's menstrual cycle. Basal body temperature is often most helpful to determine when you've ovulated. Use an oral thermometer to monitor your basal body temperature. You should take your temperature every morning before you get out of bed. You may plot the readings on graph paper and look for a pattern to emerge. The basal body temperature raises 0.5o to 1.0o F during ovulation. The rate and pattern of the increase varies greatly from woman to woman, and somewhat from cycle to cycle in any one woman. Several cycles (six is recommended) are observed, and the woman keeps careful records of her temperature at the same time every morning before getting out of bed. It may be taken orally or rectally but should be done the same way every day. Many factors may change the reading, including infection, stress, a bad night's sleep, medication, or environmental temperature. If any of these factors are present the woman notes them on her record. The fertile period is considered to continue until the temperature is above the baseline for 5 days. The rise can happen slowly over 5 days or it can increase rapidly, reaching a plateau for 3 or 4 days. The temperature change may be subtle. The increase of temperature sometimes comes too late, after ovulation has already happened. It could be inconvenient for you to take your temperature at the same time every day, especially if you have irregular sleeping hours.
Ovulation prediction kits
Ovulation prediction kits are also effective in some cases. Ovulation kits can identify the most likely time of ovulation. The kits are much more precise than the old basal body temperature method. Ovulation predictors kits give you advance notice of about a day to a day and a half. Ovulation kits test your urine for the surge in hormones that takes place before ovulation. You should follow the instructions on the label to the letter.
How often should you make love?
If you want to conceive it is a better to simply make love slightly before the time you think you might be ovulating. You should know if you've have anxiety, it may interfere with your ability to conceive, you will harder stay pregnant. It's been long thought that a man should abstain from sex for several days prior to his wife's fertile. The more frequently a man ejaculates over a period of several days, the lower his sperm count. Although man's sperm count is lower the more often he has intercourse, it's still plenty high enough for achieving pregnancy. That doesn’t mean that you need to make love every day to stay pregnant. If you make love weekly you reduce your chances of conception for 10 percent per cycle.
How to confirm a pregnancy?
You should know that blood tests can confirm a pregnancy as early as a week after conception.
The best way to confirm that you are pregnant is to check in with your doctor. Doctor will generally perform a blood test after you've missed a period. When you use a home pregnancy test, you should wait until at least day 28 of your cycle. Testing any earlier could result in a false negative.
Some good tips for you
You should have sex regularly. This may be all it you need to conceive. You should have a healthy weight, exercise regularly, eat healthy food and keep stress under control. Healthy life style will be good for you and for your baby. You should take enough vitamins. You shouldn’t smoke, because tobacco could change the cervical mucus, which may keep sperm from reaching the egg. You shouldn’t drink also. If you take some medication you should discus about them with your doctor. Certain medications can make it difficult to conceive.
If you try everything to conceive, you should consult with your doctor. You should know that infertility affects men and women equally. Don’t lose your hope. There are many treatments of infertility. You should know that your gynecologist, your partner's urologist or your family doctor may be able to help. In some severe cases, a fertility specialist is best choice for you.