Top Conception Tips.
Q 1. How often should we have sex?
A 1. 3-4 days before and 1 day after ovulation.
Most women understand they must ovulate in order to conceive. Having sex on the day of ovulation is obvious but is there more that can be done?
Only having sex on ovulation day may decrease a woman's chance and bypass her optimal fertility. After ovulation, an egg lives for about 24 hours. Sperm lives in your fallopian tubes for 3-4 days, sometimes even longer. Of the millions of sperm to be ejaculated every time a man has sex typically less than 20 make it to the fallopian tube! These sperm are able to live and wait for the egg so having sex regularly in the 3-4 days before ovulation dramatically increases the amount of sperm available to fertilise the egg. Studies suggest that having daily intercourse up to six days before you ovulate gives you the best to become pregnant. The more times you have intercourse during your 'window of opportunity', the more likely you are to get pregnant.
How do I know when I’m ovulating? See this ovulation tracker. It is very informative. An Ovulation Tracker or Ovulation Calculator is an easy way to know when the best times to focus on conceiving.
Q 2: Can we have too much sex? Will it hurt the egg after ovulation?
A 2: No!
The only natural way to fall pregnant is by having sex. Having sex every day in your ‘window of opportunity’ is likely to yield better results than every second day a study concluded.
There is no evidence to suggest that sex after ovulation can harm the egg. The vaginal mucous prevents additional sperm from reaching the cervix by thickening its consistency to prevent sperm from swimming. You may notice how thick your mucous becomes after ovulation – this is why.
Avoid make love making a chore! There can be a lot of pressure on both couples when trying to make a baby. Though this act of coupling is one of the most special intimacies, repeated failures in conceiving every month builds pressure and can create stress where once there was bliss. Think more about ‘making love’ than ‘making babies’ and stay optimistic.
I have been trying to conceive for over 12 months and still no baby! Why? See our ‘common reason why conception hasn’t occurred’.
Q 3: Do I need to do anything after having sex to improve my chances?
A 3: The sperms motility does all the work for you.
Myth 1. Lying on your back or lifting your pelvis for 20 minutes will help more sperm get to the uterus.
Myth 2. Different sexual positions improve the sperms ability to make it to the uterus.
Dispelling the myth: it is your vaginal mucous and sperms motility that allows the sperm to enter the cervix and fallopian tubes. Gravity or sexual position does not affect sperm.
Some semen will inevitably come out of the vagina following ejaculation, sufficient sperm are deposited in the neck of the womb and are able to begin their journey towards the egg, regardless of the position taken.
How do I know if my partner’s sperm are swimming well? Only a semen analysis can tell you this. See your GP or fertility specialist for a referral.
How do I know if my mucous is right? See here to understand you vaginal mucous and how it affect fertility.
Q 4: Should my husband save up sperm so it is more potent?
A 4: Quite the opposite!
Millions of sperm are produced every day in the testicles. They tend to take 76 days to grow to maturity. Studies have shown that increased ejaculation is better for sperm health than abstinence. Some suggest that stored or older sperm may even be of inferior quality and hinder the freshly produced, healthier sperm from reaching the egg.
How do you know if the sperm is working properly? Only a semen analysis can tell you this. See your GP or fertility specialist for a referral.
What can I do if the sperm is not within healthy range? Our Male Fertility Program is an effective way of having every aspect of sperm health bought within range.
Q 5: Are they lubricants I can use to help?
A 5: Nothing is better than what nature endowed you with.
A woman’s vaginal mucous is the key to whether sperm is able to access to cervix and fallopian tubes or not. You will notice changes in your mucous throughout your cycle. As you come closer to ovulation the mucous becomes more and more slippery up to an egg white consistency. This is your natural lubrication and is a sperms best friend.
Artificial lubricants such a KY Jelly and others of similar sorts that are designed to be used when natural lubrication are insufficient can change the pH balance inside a woman and potentially hinder sperm and a woman’s ability to conceive. Natural products like Olive Oil seem to be less problematic than artificial lubricants.
How do I know if my mucous is right? ?See here to understand you vaginal mucous and how it affect fertility.
What do I do if my mucous isn’t like what’s on the chart? Consulting your fertility specialist on this problem is an excellent way to remedy the underlying causes that create this problem.
Q 6: Do I need to orgasm to conceive?
A 6: Only if you are male.
Provided a man’s sperm is within specifications, only the male needs to orgasm for conception to occur.
Knowing when you are ovulating and when your ‘fertility window’ is important to knowing when to make love to conceive. Try to have sex everyday during your fertility window but don’t limit your sexual activity to only then. A healthy sex life goes beyond trying to conceive.
How do I know when my fertility window is? See this ovulation tracker. It is very informative. An Ovulation Tracker or Ovulation Calculator is an easy way to know when the best times to focus on conceiving.
Q 7: I’ve been trying for so long, will I ever get pregnant?
A 7: Further investigations by medical specialists are recommended.
The statistical chance of becoming pregnant in any one month for a healthy fertile couple is at best 25%. Infertility is defined by not being able to achieve a natural pregnancy within a 12 month period. Infertility is a symptom, not a cause. Understanding the root cause of your fertility problems allows you to make intelligent choices of what you can do to fix it and achieve your dreams of parenthood. Your overall health, menstrual health, diet, lifestyle and medications can all impact on your fertility.
I think I have fertility problems. What should I do? We have many options to help people resolve the root cause of the fertility problems and conceive naturally. Having a ‘pre-natal screening’ and a ‘semen analysis’ from your GP is a smart thing to do. Remember there are many options open to infertile couples. Find a practitioner who resonates with you, and helps you understand the nature of your problem and provides safe and effective measures to resolve these issues.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine has a rich history in treating difficult health problems that Modern Medicinehas no answers for. We treat the root cause of your problem, so that the body can perform its functions normally.
At Australian Natural Fertility Townsville, Mackay and Whitsundays we use Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine to treat a wide range of gynaecological disorders and help people conceive naturally and improve the outcomes of IVF.
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