Are you on the path to expanding your family? There are many aspects of conception that may not have been covered in health classes. Let’s dive into the specifics that can make a significant difference in your journey to parenthood.
Recently, Heidi Murkoff, the creator of What to Expect, and Dr. Aimee Eyvazzadeh, founder of The Egg Whisperer, discussed techniques to enhance fertility and expedite pregnancy. But they admitted that, while conception can be surprisingly quick for some people, it often requires planning and preparation for others.
This article seeks to encapsulate the critical insights shared by these experts. However, it’s always wise to consult your doctor before implementing any advice that impacts your health and wellness.
Understanding the process of ovulation is crucial when trying to conceive. It is defined as the release of an egg from a follicle- a fluid-filled sac in the ovary. This is your fertility window and it happens only once in your menstrual cycle.
Cycle lengths can vary significantly from woman to woman. Though on average a cycle lasts about 28 days, yours could be longer or shorter. It’s important to keep a track of your cycle to better understand and predict your fertility window.
The timing of intercourse is directly tied to your chances of conceiving. The fertility window is open for a very short period. It’s recommended to have sex every day or at least every other day during this window, leading up to one day after ovulation, to increase the chances of conception.
According to Dr. Eyvazzadeh, the egg waits in the fallopian tube for almost 24 hours following ovulation. However, sperm can survive and stay fertile in the female reproductive tract for up to six days.
Thus, it's possible for a couple to conceive even if they have intercourse several days before ovulation. To better understand this, many individuals resort to ovulation testing strips.
These strips measure the level of a hormone called luteinizing hormone (LH) in your body. An increase in the level of LH indicates that ovulation is imminent. However, this doesn't mean that ovulation is happening at that moment.
Dr. Eyvazzadeh emphasizes that ovulation generally occurs 24 to 48 hours following the LH surge. Therefore, she advises her patients to continue having intercourse up to two days after observing the peak LH level to not miss the fertility window.
Curious about the average time it takes for a couple to conceive? “Most people get pregnant within the first six months,” says Dr. Eyvazzadeh. However, she quickly adds that couples need not wait for six months before seeking medical advice.
When you're ready to embark on your journey to parenthood, it's important to have an open conversation with your healthcare provider. Discussing potential issues and solutions ahead of time can make the process smoother and more successful.
Your healthcare provider can guide you regarding lifestyle changes or treatments that can optimize your fertility. These could include modifications in diet and exercise routines, stress management techniques, and medical therapies if needed.
Remember, everybody's journey to parenthood is unique. It's important not to compare your situation with others. Instead, focus on understanding your body and following the advice of healthcare professionals.
Taking care of your health, understanding your body’s cycle, tracking ovulation, and timing intercourse right can significantly increase your chances of conception. But most importantly, stay positive and patient throughout this journey.