If you’ve been trying for a few months but haven’t yet conceived you’re probably wondering what’s the best way to get pregnant fast. You don’t need to worry just yet, it can (and does) often take at least 6-12 months to get pregnant. Because the optimum time for conceiving is only a few days each month, you actually only have a very small window of opportunity each cycle. You only have a 15-20% chance of getting pregnant at this time each month, and this percentage is actually lower if you’re over 35 years of age. There are some things that you can do though to optimize your chances of getting pregnant faster. Check out the following tips:
- Have sex at least 3 times a week
Regular sex is the best way to get pregnant quickly. Just because you think you should be ovulating at a particular time each month doesn’t meant that you are – even if you have a textbook 28 day cycle you may not ovulate exactly in the middle of your cycle (you can’t just assume you will ovulate on day 14). By having sex 3 times a week or more, you are covering your bases and will be less likely to miss out on your ovulation time.
- Use a fertility monitor or ovulation kit
There are interactive ovulation calculators online that can help you predict your date of ovulation based on the first day of your last period and the length of your average cycle. These might work for some people, but in reality most women ovulate either before or after the ‘predicted’ date. The easiest way to work out exactly when you are ovulating is to use a fertility monitor or ovulation kit. Monitors and kits like this are designed to read LH surges prior to ovulation and are generally accurate at predicting ovulation dates and making it clear when is the best time to get pregnant.
- Have sex before rather than after ovulation
After ovulation, the egg will survive approximately 24 hours. However after intercourse, sperm can last up to 3-5 days. That means by having sex prior to ovulation you are increasing your chances of getting pregnant because your partner’s sperm will survive longer than your egg.
- Visit your doctor
It is always a good idea for both you and your partner to get checked out before your start trying for a baby. Untreated infections, undiagnosed problems or general poor health can greatly affect your chances of getting pregnant quickly. Many women also start taking prenatal vitamins before trying to conceive.
- Avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs
Common sense I know, but there are women who try to get pregnant while indulging in one or more of the above. Alcohol, drugs and smoking can all affect your fertility, but not only that they can affect your unborn child. Do not wait until you are pregnant to stop – it is important to stop before trying to get pregnant.
- Some sex positions are better than others
There are no major studies to back up the theory that certain positions are more conducive to conceiving than others. However common sense tells us that sex positions that allow for deep penetration should help when trying to get pregnant. The missionary position and doggy style are two positions favoured by those looking for the best way to get pregnant.