A gynecologist will advise you that once a couple has made the decision to have a baby, many women try to do as much as they can to conceive during their next cycle. But it’s vital to remember that getting pregnant can take time.
A healthy, 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of getting pregnant each month ONLY. It’s normal for it to take a few months or longer.
If you’re anxious about getting pregnant, there are a few steps you can take to make “your trying” more effective.
Here’s how to safely increase your chances.
Gynecologists often say that our high school health teacher probably made it sound like we can get pregnant any time we have sex. But in truth, it’s a little more complicated.
Each month, there are a series of hormonal changes in the body that cause an immature egg in the ovary to grow and mature. Each woman’s cycle is different. This process takes about two weeks on average, beginning with a woman’s menstrual period.
Once the egg is mature, it’s released from the ovary in a process known as ovulation. The egg then travels down the fallopian tube toward the uterus. The egg is only viable for about 24 hours once it’s been released.
If the egg is fertilized by a sperm cell during this time frame, the fertilized egg will keep traveling down toward the uterus. It will then implant into the uterine lining.
The key is to have sex in the days before and during ovulation. That way, the sperm cells are in the fallopian tubes when the egg is released. This makes it easier for fertilization to occur. Sperm can survive in the female reproductive tract for up to four or five days.
Gynecologists say that the best way to increase your chances of getting pregnant quickly is to ensure that you’re having sex at the right time in your cycle.
If you have regular cycles, you will ovulate around two weeks before your period. This means your fertile window will be the seven days before your expected ovulation.
If you have irregular cycles, it can be a little more difficult to predict when you will ovulate and when your fertile window will be.
There are a number of techniques that can be used to more precisely pinpoint your ovulation and fertile window. To learn more about these techniques, we are glad to help. Book a consultation with your top Alpharetta and Atlanta OBGYN for your obstetrics and gynecology care and let’s help you become a mother as soon as possible.