Women's Health

How To Increase Your Chances Of Getting Pregnant

I’ve forgotten the movie title now but the storyline was typical.

A couple had been childless for years after their marriage even though several doctors kept confirming them fit to conceive. So, medically, neither of them was faulty but guess who was always blamed? *sad*

Your chances of getting pregnant go beyond being medically fit and having unprotected sexual intercourse.

There are only just a few days in your menstrual cycle for every month within which you’re fertile to get pregnant. Trying for a baby outside these fertile days is nothing but firing blanks.

Read how to calculate your fertile period in order to fix your intercourse within these periods and make as many babies as you want.

Or you can, as well, use this knowledge to avoid unwanted pregnancy.

How do pregnancies even happen?

Pregnancy occurs when your released egg is fertilized by a sperm and implanted to the wall of your uterus.

Sperms swimming to an egg

However, sperms do not live forever, and neither does your egg once released. They both have a lifespan and if one is missing for fertilization within that period, the other dies off.

What factors determine your fertile period

  1. Sperm lifespan
  2. Ovulation
  3. Egg lifespan

Sperms can live for a maximum of five (5) days in your reproductive tract.

Ovulation is the release of a matured egg from your ovary. This happens on or around the middle of your menstrual cycles.

Your egg, once released, lasts for a maximum of 24 hours (i.e. 1-day) before becoming “infertile.”

When are your seven fertile days?

Fertile days are those days in your menstrual cycle within which you can get pregnant from unprotected sexual intercourse.

These days are calculated based on the sperm lifespan of five (5) days, egg life span of one (1) day and your ovulation day.

How to calculate your seven fertile days

  • Count five days before your ovulation day.
  • Add one day after your ovulation day.

And that makes your seven (7) fertile days (i.e. 1 + 5 + 1) in every of your menstrual cycle.

This is regardless of how long or short your menstrual cycle is.

A 2-month calendar showing the fertile days in a 28-day menstrual cycle
Red for menses. Green for sperm life. Pink for ovulation. Blue for egg life.

However, two (2) days should be added before and after your ovulation day just in case the egg drops earlier or later than calculated.

How to improve your chances of getting pregnant

One research on human reproduction in Oxford University Press found that your chances of getting pregnant increase towards ovulation.

A chart showing the chances of getting pregnant
These data were collected from the Oxford research mentioned above.

Therefore, getting pregnant is all about timing your intercourse around when your egg is or would be present for the sperm to fertilize.

And speaking of timing,

Here are four (4) simple fertile-day-sex tips

Have sex every day within your fertile period.

Although this can maximize your chance in each of your fertile days, however, you (and your man) may run out of juice to keep up with such schedule.

Have sex once every 2 days within your fertile window.

This is more flexible than every day, isn’t it?

Sunday. Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday. This way, you’d be taking a day-off (your man too) and still not miss your ovulation target.

Have sex on your ovulation day.

Are the above methods still tiring? You can skip the sperm lifespan, calculate your ovulation period and have sex on or around the day your egg is released.

Have sex once every 3 days from after the last day of your menses.

If the whole fertile-window-calculation thing is still too much Maths, Mayo Clinic recommends that you just keep having sex once in 3 days (starting from after your menses).

Sunday. Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. Thursday. Friday. Saturday.  And one or two of your attempts would definitely fall within your fertile period.

How to avoid unwanted pregnancy

Who says the fear of unwanted pregnancy should prevent you from having a good time with your man?

You’re only fertile for eleven (11) days in every of your menstrual cycle, which means that for the remaining days (outside your fertile period) you can have sex without getting pregnant.

However, this method of birth control is best used in combination with contraceptives because there are other factors that can affect your menstrual cycle and change your ovulation date.

Also, this calendar method does not protect you from sexually transmitted diseases. Abstinence remains the absolute option.

Conclusion

If you’re trying to conceive, finding your fertile days in each month and having intercourse within that period can greatly increase your chances of getting pregnant.

However, you (and your man) also need to be medically okay, with no reproductive health problems, for this timing to work. Otherwise, consult a doctor to treat any underlying reproductive health issues first, including Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).

If you are less than 35 years and didn’t get pregnant after one (1) year of trying this “fertile period” method, seek medical help immediately.

And if you are 35 years or more, this method should get you pregnant even faster under six (6) months otherwise, see your doctor immediately.

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References
1. Expert’s top tips for maximizing conception. (2019). www.motherandbaby.co.uk
2. How to get pregnant. (Nov. 2016). www.mayoclinic.org
3. Day-specific probabilities of conception in fertile cycles resulting in spontaneous pregnancies. (Jan. 2013). www.academic.oup.com
4. Right time for sex. (Jul. 2019). www.yourfertility.org.au
5. Timing of sexual intercourse in relation to ovulation – Effects on the probability of conception, survival of the pregnancy, and sex of the baby. (Dec. 1995). www.nemj.org

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