Increasing your chances of pregnancy before fertility treatments

Sexual Wellness


Another month has come and gone, and you're still not pregnant. You thought you might be. You even noticed a few symptoms that had you over the moon with hope. And then your period came and you were disappointed yet again.

You and your partner may be ready to seek help to conceive, and fertility treatment seems like the next logical step. But slow down: you may be skipping a step or two. Before you decide to make an appointment with a fertility specialist, ask yourself 2 important questions:

Are we trying to get pregnant at the wrong time?

Because of the way a woman's monthly cycle works, there are some days when it is nearly impossible to get pregnant. But if you and your partner make love on certain days during your monthly cycle, you can really boost your baby chances.

An ovulation tracker can help you to pinpoint the 2 days in each of your cycles when you are the most fertile and the most likely to get pregnant. And since sperm can live in body for several days, you may also be able to conceive on other days, which you can determine by charting your cycles on your own.

Have we been trying to get pregnant for long enough?

How long have you been trying? If it has only been a few months, give it time. Most healthy couples conceive within a year. If you have been trying at the right times and have been trying for more than a year (or more than 6 months if you are over 35), you should speak to a doctor. At that point, you and your partner and your doctor can work together to identify your fertility obstacles and come up with a plan that leads to pregnancy.

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