6 Strategies When You Are Struggling to Conceive
For most people, it seems getting pregnant is relatively easy. They have unprotected sex with their partner and after a few weeks or months of trying, they’ve successfully conceived, right? But for those who are struggling with conceiving, it’s hard to take.
It simply doesn’t happen as easily for some couples. There are lots of couples out there who struggle with conceiving and, no matter how much sex they have, they just can’t get pregnant. Not only can this be extremely frustrating, but also very upsetting–especially if you have been trying for quite some time.
Thankfully, there are quite a few things you can try to increase your chances of falling pregnant. Both men and women may be able to improve their fertility by following some great tips and advice. And in the event of continuing struggles, you may want to turn to your doctor for further suggestions.
Are you currently struggling with conceiving? Or thinking about starting soon? Below are a few things you may want to try.
Keep Doin’ It
Yes, I’m referring to sex. One of the best pieces of advice is to simply keep trying. It may be what your doctor suggests if you have been trying for less than a year, as they tend not to refer couples to fertility specialists until they’ve been unable to conceive for a year or more.
So, even though it may feel like you’ve been trying for a very long time, try to be patient with the process. Keep trying. On average, couple generally get pregnant within the first three months. However, this is just an average and somewhat non-specific statistic. It takes other couples much longer. Don’t give up hope!
Track Your Ovulation
Are you already tracking your ovulation? If not, it’s probably a good idea to start doing so. Even if your periods are very regular and you’re super tuned in to your body, it can be a challenge to determine exactly when you’re ovulating–which, of course, is the opportune time to create a beautiful baby.
Ovulation prediction kits are very popular today and available both online and in most drugstores. It’s also a good idea to ask your doctor to help you monitor your ovulation or recommend a specific strategy, as they will use blood tests that provide more accurate results. They can also carry out an ultrasound to ensure that follicles are forming during ovulation as well.
Once you do start tracking your ovulation, you will then have an idea of the time of the month when you are more likely to conceive and use that to your advantage.
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If you do see your doctor about your fertility, he might advise you to start taking a drug such as Clomid. This is the common drug prescribed to stimulate ovulation. It is known to have great effects on fertility. When you are given this drug, your doctor will need to monitor you closely as it is possible for the Clomid to overstimulate your system. Be prepared to visit your doctor a few times a week.
Lower Your Stress
Did you know that your stress levels play a big part in how fertile you are? High stress levels can reduce your fertility and make it a lot more difficult to become pregnant. If you recognize that you are particularly stressed when trying for a baby, it’s best to attempt to slow down a bit and relax as much as possible. Yes, I know–this can be really difficult–especially when you’re finding conception is very stressful in itself.
Self-care becomes essential during this process. If you are working, try to take some time in the evening to yourself to unwind and prepare your mind and body for sleep. Just getting a good night’s sleep is very effective in lowering stress levels.
It’s also a good idea to try to cut out any foods and drinks that might make you anxious. One of these is caffeine. Caffeinated drinks have been linked to an increase in stress, and many studies have shown caffeine may cause fertility issues.
A Specialist’s Advice
There’s certainly nothing wrong with scheduling an appointment with your doctor to discuss the issue of conception. This gives you the chance to discuss your issues with them, and they will likely provide you with more expert advice. They may prescribe Clomid (as mentioned above) or simply advise you of important steps you can take to improve your chances.
Your doctor may also provide you with a referral to a fertility specialist. If you’ve been trying to conceive for more than a year, a specialist may then recommend IVF, IUI, or another method to improve fertility.
In fact, you may want to do a little research before your visit. Make sure you have a good understanding of each fertility treatment before you go to your doctors appointment, as it will help you make a more informed decision when they ask you how you would like to proceed. Learn more about IVF here, and you will find more IUI information here.
Monitor Your Weight
Your weight can also affect your body’s fertility. It’s not just your weight that matters, though. Your partner’s weight also comes into play. Both male and female fertility is affected by weight. If you’re carrying a bit more than you should be, consider options to lose a few.
Try to let that future baby motivate you to a healthier diet and a smidge more exercise than usual. Both of these steps will help you drop a few pounds!
There are several options once you and your doctor have determined you need medical intervention to conceive. But, long before you reach that point, there are simple steps you can take that may help. It may sound a bit too simple, but lowering your stress, tracking your ovulation, treating your body better, or taking Clomid can make a big, big difference.
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