If you have decided to have a baby, you want to get pregnant as soon as possible. Unfortunately, nature does not always play along and statistics show that the chance of becoming pregnant per cycle is just between 20% and 30%. What can you do to increase the chance?
1. Cycle Observation and Sex on The Fertile Days
If you observe your cycle and have sex on the fertile days, you can get pregnant faster. This is because a woman is only fertile in a very limited window of time. If you know when the fertile period begins and ends, you can have sex specifically on these days and thus increase the chance that an egg cell will be fertilized and pregnancy occurs. Good methods for cycle monitoring are the basal temperature method or the symptothermal method.
Both methods are based on using the temperature increase after ovulation to determine the fertile days. The symptothermal method also includes a further characteristic, which means that you cannot only determine the fertile period afterwards, but also record when it starts.
With these methods, you can increase your chances of becoming pregnant per cycle to approximately 38%. That doesn’t mean that it will actually work in the first cycle, but it can help you get pregnant faster.
When I wanted to have children, I also used methods of natural family planning. To make my job a little easier, I used a cycle computer such as the Ava bracelet for temperature measurement and evaluation.
2. Pay Attention To A Balanced Diet
Those who eat a healthy diet not only do something good for their body, but at the same time create the best conditions for getting pregnant quickly. A lot of fruit and vegetables is just as important as enough calories to meet your own energy needs. Women who eat very little or on strict diets should check whether the energy intake is sufficient. If this is not the case, it may be that the body switches to an “emergency program” and does not suspend functions that are essential for survival (such as ovulation, which is necessary for reproduction). An indication of this can be a very irregular or no menstrual period. Women who feel that this could apply to them should definitely discuss this with their doctor.
There are also some nutrients that are particularly important during pregnancy and that we often do not consume enough. This includes, for example, folic acid, which is why doctors often recommend starting additional folic acid three months before pregnancy to fill the stores. You can do this simply in the form of a dietary supplement that you take once a day.
3. Avoid Risky Behavior
Those who want to get pregnant quickly should avoid some behaviors. This includes smoking cigarettes in particular: Studies show that women who smoke have to wait longer to conceive (Bolumar, Olsen & Boldsen, 1995) and are more sterile than non-smokers (Augood, Duckitt & Templeton, 1998). The researchers therefore recommend that women who want to conceive stop smoking altogether or at least limit their consumption to max. Limit 10 cigarettes a day. As soon as pregnancy occurs, smoking should definitely be avoided.
The fact that the man smokes does not seem to have any influence on the waiting time, but it certainly helps the woman if the partner also stops or at least reduces the cigarette consumption.
4. Avoid Environmental Pollutants
Certain environmental toxins can accumulate in our bodies and disrupt body functions. Studies have shown that lead and cadmium in particular can affect fertility, with lead primarily affecting men, while cadmium affects both partners’ fertility (Buck Louisa et al., 2012). Another substance that always causes discussions is mercury. Studies have not found a connection between mercury and infertility, but mercury increases the risk of neurological damage to the fetus in an existing pregnancy (Järup, 2003). Mercury is found in amalgam fillings, which should be replaced if possible before pregnancy occurs, and in some species of fish that should be avoided during pregnancy (shark, swordfish and tuna).
Other environmental toxins such as pesticides or radioactive radiation are also suspected to have a negative impact on fertility, but there is yet no clear evidence of this. In general, it is quite difficult to blame a single factor for a pregnancy that does not occur, since our way of life is very complex and often several factors have to come together to have a certain effect. Nevertheless, one should also look at which pollutants one is regularly or in large quantities exposed to if a desire to have children is not fulfilled.
5. If It Takes Too Long: Make an Appointment With The Gynecologist
If the waiting time exceeds the limit of normal, it is better to make an appointment with the gynecologist. When exactly the waiting time is too long, you can find different information on the Internet: Some sites recommend that you go to the doctor after nine months; others state that it is okay to wait up to two years. However, the age of the woman should be taken into account in any case, since the success of an artificial reproduction measure decreases with age.
On the familienplanung.de website of the Federal Center for Health Education, it is recommended that women between 28 and 32 years of age should seek medical advice after about a year, that older women can wait half a year and younger women up to 18 months. It looks different, however, if previous illnesses are known or if there are special accumulations of diseases in the family that affect fertility, then couples should make an appointment with the doctor, regardless of how old the woman is.
In addition, what if you can’t get pregnant quickly?
If you have ruled out that there is a physical, hormonal or other cause of infertility, studies nowadays show that, apart from that, there are hardly any factors that are clearly to blame for not getting pregnant even after a long wait. There are always smaller connections, such as between smoking and the waiting time, but even then these factors often explain no more than a few percent of the different waiting times across many women.
In plain language: basically we are at a loss as to why one woman becomes pregnant in the first month and the other only after 15. Of course, it cannot do to live healthier, but if it still does not work, it does not automatically mean that it is up you like or you are doing something wrong. Some get pregnant quickly, some do not. Only waiting and drinking tea then helps.