Get Pregnant Quicker

Want to get pregnant soon? Here are a few ways to improve your chances of conception and minimize the waiting game.

Couple embracing with positive pregnancy test

Pregnancy and parenting open you to a whole new world of unknowns -- but there are some ways you can take action to improve your chances of conception.

Understand your cycle

In a typical reproductive cycle, your ovary releases an egg, which then travels into your fallopian tube for potential fertilization by a sperm. This process usually happens about two weeks before you expect to get your period. If a sperm is able to penetrate the egg and fertilize, conception occurs. If no sperm is around for fertilization, or it cannot penetrate the uterine wall, the lining of the uterus eventually sheds, and you'll have your period. The process begins all over again in the next cycle. One way to maximize your chances each month is to know when you're most fertile. A fertility monitor can help you understand what days you are fertile. You'll boost your chances of conception by having sex on those days.

Time for success

Are you getting more and more frustrated with every negative pregnancy test? Before you start questioning your own fertility, be patient and keep trying for at least a year. But make time work to your advantage, especially if you're having children later in life. A woman in her early 20s has a 98 percent chance of getting pregnant in a single ovulation cycle. In her late 20s, the odds are about 84 percent. But if you're in your mid to late 30s, that number begins to dip to about 65 percent. Getting pregnant has everything to do with timing, because an egg can only live unfertilized for about 12 to 24 hours once it's released by the ovaries. Sold over the counter at your local pharmacy, an ovulation test can let you know exactly when you should be having intercourse to increase your chances of conception -- before that "fertility window" closes for another month.

Adjust your lifestyle

Being pregnant requires you to cut out alcohol, tobacco and unhealthy foods, and you and baby will certainly benefit from an active lifestyle during pregnancy -- and beyond. But if you and your partner make these adjustments now, it can improve your chances of conception. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, weight loss of just 5 to 10 percent can dramatically improve ovulation and pregnancy rates. Obesity, alcohol or tobacco use and high levels of stress have also been linked to low fertility in men. Aim to get at least three to five servings of brightly colored fresh fruits and veggies (organic when possible) into your diet each day. Besides delivering a boost of much-needed vitamins, they can help to combat the environmental free radicals we're all exposed to -- which can impact both your reproductive organs and a man's sperm.

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