09 Dec FSMG Tips for Getting Pregnant Naturally
When you’re trying to conceive (TTC), getting pregnant naturally can’t come quick enough. For both men and women, there are several things a couple can do to increase their ability to conceive.
Simple routine enhancements can make it easier to conceive and — reach the goal of welcoming a baby into the world.
Each month, on average, a woman only has a 15 to 20 percent chance of conception, and this goes down significantly with age. For women in their 20s, the chances of getting pregnant within 1 year are 78-86 percent. For women 30 to 34, the chances of getting pregnant within 1 year is just over 60 percent. For women ages 35 to 39, the chances of conception within 1-year falls to just over 50 percent.
In order to get pregnant naturally (without fertility assistance) sperm must reach and fertilize a mature egg, which is released once a month from the ovary during ovulation. If you are seeking ways to improve fertility naturally prior to seeking fertility treatment, FSMG shares seven valuable suggestions to increase your fertility and naturally improve the chances of conception.
Tips to Naturally Improve Chances of Conception
Sustain a Healthy Weight. The number one thing you can do to get pregnant is know and understand the importance fertility and weight. Being obese or overweight impacts fertility in both men and women, while being underweight primarily affects the fertility of women. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), 12 percent of all primary infertility cases are due to the woman either being obese (6 percent) or being underweight (6 percent) — while obesity in men can lead to unbalanced hormone levels, resulting in low sperm counts and poor sperm motility (movement).
Stop Smoking and Recreational Drug Use. The second biggest impact you can make to improve your chances of conceiving is to stop smoking, vaping, or any other recreational drug use. ASRM says infertility rates in male and female smokers are about twice those of nonsmokers. Certain drugs can lessen a man’s sperm count and motility and lower testosterone production, decreasing fertility.
Get a Physical Exam. Underlying medical issues, such as diabetes, can make it harder for a woman to get pregnant. Scheduling a preconception exam with an OB/GYN could be a good idea. A male partner can have a similar exam performed by his primary care physician or a urologist.
Cut Back on Caffeine. The recommended dose of caffeine when trying to conceive is 200mg a day. It is important to cut back on caffeine and energy drinks, as they are most likely high in caffeine.
Be Aware that Age Affects Fertility. The concept of a “biological clock” is very real. Women are born with all the eggs they will ever have (about 2 million). That number is reduced to around 300,000 by the time of her first period and then decreases by about 1,000 eggs per month thereafter. Not only does the quantity of eggs diminish as women age, but so does the quality.
Avoid Lubricants. Many lubricants contain ingredients that inhibit the sperm’s ability to move through the vagina, cervix, and fallopian tube. There are fertility-friendly lubricants, like Pre-Seed by First Response that is sperm-friendly and PH balanced. Mineral oil also can be used safely.
Ovulation Predictor Kits. Another way to increase your odds of getting pregnant quickly is to make sure that you’re having sex at the right time in your cycle. Many drug stores sell ovulation predictor kits. These kits test a woman’s urine for the luteinizing hormone (LH), which rises 12-36 hours before ovulation occurs. Testing should begin a few days before the predicted date of ovulation.
Whether you’re just getting ready to start trying or you’ve been attempting to get pregnant for a while without success, FSMG is here to help. Connect with the FSMG team today.