Starting to plan the family of your future or trying to conceive can be a very exciting time. Here are some tips that can help you get pregnant faster and boost your body's fertility.
Know when you ovulate. It is a myth that women ovulate on day 14. This is based on the assumption that all women have a 28-day cycle each and every month. Most women do not, and furthermore it is common for ovulation to vary from month to month by as much as 5 days. Purchase some reliable ovulation predictor kits (OPKs), and begin keeping track of when your most fertile days are.
Time intercourse. If your partner has a normal sperm count, begin having sex on day 10 of your cycle, or when you first get a positive on your OPK, which ever happens first. There after, have sex every other day until you get a positive. Once you get a positive, have sex 2-3 days in a row. Skip one day, and then have intercourse once more.
Track your cycles. Free online services such as fertiltyfriend.com can help you keep track and chart your cycles. You can easily enter in basal body temperature, OPK results, intercourse days, and much more.
Increase your cervical mucous. Healthy, copious amounts of cervical mucous (CM) nourish the sperm and maximize travel time and travel conditions to the egg. As we age, cervical mucous can decline. Healthy cervical mucous looks and feels like raw egg white. If yours is less than optimal, increase water intake and limit alcohol and caffeine. Taking 3000 mg of evening primrose oil a day from the beginning of your cycle up through ovulation can also help to increase the quantity and the quality of CM.
Check your lube. Most lubricants, in order to extend shelf life, have harmful additives and preservatives that have been shown to kill or adversely affect sperm motility and mobility. PreConceive Plus and Pre Seed are two lubricants that are not only preservative and additive free, but also have ingredients that help nourish and feed the sperm, similar to a woman's natural cervical mucous. Astroglide Natural is also preservative free.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Studies have confirmed what practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have known for thousands of years. Acupuncture can improve fertility by regulating and stabilizing hormone levels, increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, and reducing stress.
Increase blood flow to the pelvis. Any regular cardiovascular exercise and deep stretching targeted at the pelvic region increases blood flow to the genitals, which can make sex more pleasurable and can also increase the chances of implantation. Yoga, power walking, jogging or cycling all target the pelvic organs. Regular exercise can also decrease stress and improve your mood, both important factors when trying to conceive.