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What are the Best Fertility Tips?

By Amanda R. Bell
Updated May 17, 2024
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Infertility affects around 12 percent of couples trying to conceive. In fact, even for those who have no fertility or health issues, the chance of getting pregnant is only around 25 percent during each ovulation cycle. While many men and women only think about their fertility when they begin trying to conceive, successfully becoming pregnant begins long before this. Avoiding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), maintaining a healthy weight, eating well and quitting smoking are some of the best ways to maintain fertility health. When trying to conceive, charting menstrual cycles and utilizing certain fertility tips to ensure the sperm has every opportunity to make it to the egg has helped many couples become pregnant.

It is important for both men and women to practice safe sex to protect themselves from STDs, which can reduce fertility, and to avoid heavy exposure to environmental toxins. It is also important for couples, especially women, to maintain a healthy weight and eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, which keeps hormone levels in check and preserves the health of the reproductive system. While these things are important, perhaps one of the most important fertility tips for both men and women is not to smoke. Smoking as few as 10 cigarettes a day can reduce fertility by as much as 50 percent.

Once a couple decides to try to conceive, they often gather as many fertility tips as possible from as many sources as possible. While this information can be useful, it can also add even more stress to an already stressful situation. For those with no known fertility issues, it’s important to try to stick to the basics of conception.

Women typically ovulate 14 days prior to the start of their menstrual cycle. The days before and after ovulation are when a woman is most fertile and has the best chance of becoming pregnant. While there are several devices available to help couples figure out the date of ovulation, tracking a woman’s menstrual cycle is one of the most common and useful fertility tips.

Once a woman knows when she usually ovulates, she and her partner can plan to try to conceive on the two days before and the two days after the date of ovulation. Having sex at least every 48 hours during this period ensures that there is sperm in the fallopian tubes, ready and waiting for the egg. For couples who are uncomfortable with scheduling intimacy, having sex two or three times a week will typically produce the same results.

While there are certain sex positions that enable more sperm to enter the fallopian tubes, it is most important for a woman to lay down with her hips slightly elevated immediately after sex. This use of gravity can give sperm a little extra help and boost the chances of conceiving a child. While these fertility tips have helped many couples successfully become pregnant, one of the most beneficial fertility tips is for both men and women to talk to their doctor about conception both before and after they begin trying. The inclusion of a medical professional can go a long way toward bringing a healthy child into the world.

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Discussion Comments
By fify — On Feb 15, 2014

Staying away from stress, cooking at home, walking every day and taking vitamins are the best ways to get pregnant. Being happy, relaxed and calm makes a huge difference because stress reduces libido as well as sperm and egg quality. Pregnancy requires regular sex so happy and healthy couples are more likely to get pregnant.

By bear78 — On Feb 15, 2014

@fBoyle-- That's funny. If you don't know much about fertility than it may seem that way. I used to feel the same way before I decided I want children. After my husband and I started trying, I started reading a lot about fertility and the factors that affect it. It's really a very complicated process and there are so many things that go into it. Both the female and the male have to be very healthy for pregnancy to occur. And the timing must be right too.

So it may seem like complete luck when someone gets pregnant, but it really isn't. If one is spiritual or religious, one may also feel that the divine must allow it to happen as well. I believe this, so in addition to having a healthy lifestyle, I think that praying and asking the divine to intervene increases chances of fertility. I'm trying to do all of these things.

By fBoyle — On Feb 15, 2014

Fertility is a very interesting topic. I know someone who fell pregnant after a one night stand even though she did not want to. I also know someone who has been trying to get pregnant for four years with no luck. Conceiving is kind of like a lottery ticket. You never know who is going to be the winner.

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