Welcome to Practical Things You Can Do To Help Conception. This is part 6 in my 100 Tips For Getting Pregnant series of articles. I do hope that, as we enter the second half of this series, you are gaining some benefit and you’ve identified some changes that can be implemented immediately (if you haven’t done so already). So let’s get practical….
51 – Stop Taking The Pill
Okay, this should be so obvious that it shouldn’t need mentioning. However, there might be some things about this that you didn’t know. For example, the pill can actually prevent ovulation long after you have stopped taking it – some say as long as 2 to 3 months in some women. It is therefore best to stop taking the pill as soon as you decide that you want to raise a family, and don’t expect miracles straight away.
52 – Monitoring Body Temperature
Start taking body temperature readings two to three months before planning to get pregnant, in order for you have an idea of your ovulation cycle, and use a Basal Thermometer. It is important to record your temperature as soon as you wake up, and before you eat or drink anything. You might want to draft a simple chart, with the temperature in increments of 0.1 degrees Fahrenheit along the side (say 96.5 through to 98 degrees), and the dates along the bottom of the chart. If you join up the dots, it will clearly show a curve making the cycle obvious. Ovulation is indicated by a temperature rise of 4.0 Fahrenheit over a 48hr time-scale.
Be mindful, though, that temperature readings can be skewed by things such as the amount of sleep you have had; whether you consumed alcohol the previous night; or your general state of health (i.e. do you have a fever). The problem with this method is that, ovulation would have already occurred once you see the rise in temperature.
53 – Should My Man Be Using Ice-packs
Okay, it is stated elsewhere on this site, that male sperm do not perform when overheated. So logic would say that if he applies an ice-pack to his genitals then this might help cool them down. Unfortunately, it does not work like that – you do not want to freeze them to death. Leave them alone ‘au naturel’ and they will perform to the best of their ability (however good or bad that may be).
54 – Cervical Mucus Testing
Another test you can undertake by yourself is to check the condition of your cervical mucus. This changes throughout your monthly cycle from being hostile to sperm, to aiding its passage to the egg. The mucus generally starts very dry, and then turns creamy, before ending up like the white of an uncooked egg. When you get to the stage of a stretchy, but watery mucus, then the time is right for making babies.
55 – Don’t Jump Up After Sex
After making love, take time to relax for a bit. You don’t want to jump up and start doing the ironing straight away; your man’s little swimmers might just end up dripping out. Instead, give the sperm five or ten minutes to start swimming in the right direction, then get up and do the laundry (How romantic).
56 – Will Headstands Help Then ?
I’ve mentioned previously that sexual positions can make a difference, before and after love making. However, doing a headstand, after sex, will not help the sperm get to the egg any quicker or more efficiently.
57 – Get Out More
A study at Yale Uni concluded that there is a link between low amounts of the D vitamin (obtained from sunlight) with infertility in women. Supplements should be taken, especially in winter, or if you are in a particularly temperate, dull, climate.
58 – Romantic Weekend Away
Well this one is certainly worth a try. Seriously, for some couples it really is just a case of ‘getting away from it all’ which can make all the difference. The relaxing, stress-free, environment can work wonders for your reproductive organs. Remember though, it must coincide with your most fertile time of the month.
59 – Don’t Leave Me
The last thing you want, when trying to get pregnant, is for you or your partner to be ‘working away’. It sounds obvious, but you really need to be with each other as much as possible during this time, to ensure that you ‘hit the right days’.
60 – Does My Cervical Position Make A Difference ?
Most certainly. In fact, although it’s not easy to judge accurately, it is a better indicator of ovulation than either your body temperature or cervical mucus (52 and 54 above). The menstrual cycle starts with a hard, low and open cervix. Then the uterine opening closes when the blood stops, although the cervix remains low and hard at this point. Next, coming up to ovulation, the cervix becomes soft and rises up. Eventually, it may actually feel as though it has disappeared completely (because your finger can no longer reach it and it’s embedded with the walls of the vagina). Finally, you are most fertile when it becomes wet, high and open.
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