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Improving your chances for Pregnancy

 
"How long does it take to get pregnant"
That is not easy to answer, but improving your and your partner's lifestyle will definitely help increase your chances to get pregnant.The benefits of exercise, a proper diet, maintaining good general health are very important. People who are very unhealthy will have a much higher incidence of infertility.

Remember, fertile couples have a 25 percent chance of getting pregnant each cycle, even when they have sex right around the time of ovulation. However, it can take up to a year for some perfectly fertile couples. After a year of trying, 75 to 85 percent of couples will have conceived.
There is plenty you can do to increase your chances of getting pregnant.Understanding your body and the way it works, especially with regard to your reproductive system, is essential in learning how to optimise your possibilities of conception.

Also, maintaining your health and fitness is very beneficial, as are
avoiding things that will decrease your chances.

Look at your daily habits and take time to make the necessary changes for you and your future baby.

If you don't get pregnant after a year of trying, see a fertility specialist so that you may consider infertility treatments such as infertility drugs or assisted reproductive technology (ART).
  
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Understanding your body

 
If you don't fully know about the processes involved in conception, such as ovulation and fertilization, do yourself a favor and do a little research. Not only will you find it fascinating to learn about the miracle of reproduction, you will better understand how you can give yourself the best possible starting point before you begin trying.

Sperm can live inside the female body for up to five days, but each mature egg can only be fertilized for 12 to 24 hours after it is released from the ovary. Intercourse at the time right is important.

Find out when is the right time:
  • Keep track of your menstrual cycles: The average menstrual cycle lasts 28 days, but can be shorter or longer. Knowing how long your menstrual cycle is, will help you know when your ovulation might happen.

  • Calculate your ovulation dates: For the average 28 day cycle ovulation happens around day 14. With longer cycles ovulation occurs 12 to 16 days before the menstrual period begins.

  • Tune in to your body's rhythms and signs: Track your cervical mucus, yes it sounds gross, but if you take note of your vaginal discharge, you will notice that it does change consistency depending on ovulation. During the first couple of weeks of your cycle, your cervical mucus will be light and sticky. During the few days leading up to ovulation, however, it will change to the consistency of raw egg whites. This is your most fertile time.

Tools and articles that may help:
BBT Temperature Chart    Ovulation Planner    Your Menstral Cycle
  
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Your Health and Fitness

 
Many times, some simple lifestyle changes can improve your chances of conceiving.

Some of these changes include:
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Manage your weight. - Eat healthfully.
  • Avoid smoking, drinking alcohol and using illegal drugs.
You don't need to start running laps around the local football field if you're not a regular exerciser, but aiming to do some walking, dancing or swimming can help to improve your general health. Recognize the value of sleep and make a point of going to bed early. Make healthy lifestyle choices regarding activities and healthy diet and make them a part of your every day life.

Most doctors say when it comes to your daily diet your best bet is to use common sense and get plenty of fruits and vegetables. It can't hurt and it should help your body function at its best, something you'll want during the conception process and eventually need to keep up with your baby.

Doctors also say you should not overlook the possibility that a prescription drug you are taking could play a role. Medications, such as one class of high blood pressure drugs, can be potentially toxic to sperm. Antidepressants also may cause irregular menstrual cycles.
Do not just stop taking your prescription medication, talk to your health care provider.

Quit unhealthy activities
Female smokers may take months longer to conceive than non-smokers. Women face a 40 percent lower chance of conceiving if they smoke. Men who smoke have been found to have reduced sperm counts and abnormal structure of sperm, both of which affect fertility significantly.

Lay off the alcohol as this can cause damage to any new fetus during the first few days of existence.

The use of recreational drugs such as ecstasy, cocaine, marijuana, or heroin should be avoided entirely, not just to improve the chances of fertility, but also to ensure that any baby conceived is not drastically affected by these drugs.

quit smokingIt is best to stop smoking before you get pregnant, rather than waiting to quit once you become pregnant. It is never too late to quit, the sooner a woman stops smoking, the better it will be for both her baby and herself.

Smoking can increase the risk of a miscarriage and cause a woman's eggs to deteriorate more rapidly damage that can't be reversed. The habit can significantly lower a man's sperm count, too.


Tools and articles that may help: Exercise Healthy Diet Your BMI Quit Smoking
  
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Things that will decrease your chances

 
Some factors depend on the man, some on the woman.

First, the man must produce healthy, active sperm. Some medications, exposure to hazardous chemicals, use of marijuana and other illicit drugs, and use of hot tubs can impact male fertility.

It may come as quite a surprise to some, and upsetting to others, but repeated ejaculation only lowers the male sperm count. In order to make sure you maintain a healthy sperm count, cut this down to no more than once every 2 or 3 days. That may not be what you want to hear, but in trying to become pregnant, this is what you'll need to do. Also, be sure he isn't wearing any tight underwear because this can also reduce the production of sperms in the testicles.

Second, the woman must be fertile, her reproductive tract must be able to move the sperm into the fallopian tubes, and the uterine lining must be conducive to implantation. STDs such as chlamydia can prevent pregnancy by blocking a woman's fallopian tubes.

See a doctor before trying to get pregnant. Untreated infections, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and poor health can affect your chances of conceiving. In addition to treating such problems, your doctor can prescribe vitamins that can boost your fertility.

Age will effect your chances of getting pregnant. At 40 your chance of conceiving within a year of beginning to try is about 40 to 50 percent, compared to a woman in her mid 30s, who has a 75 percent chance. Around the age of 43, a woman's chance of pregnancy plummets. A the time you reach puberty, your eggs number about 400,000 and you'll lose about 12,000 eggs a year. By age 43, you're really at the end of your egg supply and your chances of pregnancy are decrease.

Finally, alcohol may decrease your ability to get pregnant, that goes for dad too.
  
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When to seek extra help

 
Getting pregnant can be a frustrating process for many couples. If you have recently begun trying to get pregnant, you and your partner might be upset if conception hasn't occurred in a short period of time. You might wish to see a fertility specialist for help getting pregnant; this specialist would then be able to determine whether fertility treatment would be beneficial and give you tips for getting pregnant.

If you are having trouble conceiving, you're not alone about 10 percent of couples of childbearing age face problems trying to get pregnant, especially as women wait longer to have children. Remember, fertile couples have a 25% chance of getting pregnant each cycle, and it can take more than a year for some perfectly fertile couples.

If you don't get pregnant after a year of trying, see a fertility specialist so you can consider infertility treatments such as infertility drugs or assisted reproductive technology (ART).

Age is affecting a large number of couples ability to conceive, a group that's growing as more people delay having children until later in life. Women have a lifetime supply of eggs when they are born and when they're gone, they're gone. In fact, a woman's fertility starts to measurably decline around age 27, due to the depletion and aging of her eggs. For those under 30, it's estimated that the chance of getting pregnant in any one cycle is 20 percent to 30 percent. By the age of 40, it falls to 5 percent, according to the American Fertility Association.

Men over 35 are twice as likely to be infertile as those under 25. Studies also are showing that, as with older women, older men are more likely to have children with birth defects due to the decreased genetic quality of their sperm. Every cell in the body ages.

Fertility is an issue that involves both men and women. When couples are having difficulties becoming pregnant, it is generally the female who will seek treatment first. However, the statistics show that men are the infertile partners in 40 to 50% of couples unable to get pregnant. One won't work without the other and in many cases where couples have difficulties getting pregnant both she and he have some problems.

  
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