Are trying to get knocked up/pregnant?
What you need to know
If you are trying to get knocked up /pregnant there are number of things you can do and information you need to know to increase your odds of getting pregnant. The first thing that you can do as a female is to start tracking your cycle. This tells you how regular you are and help you figure out when you are ovulating. Ovulation is a surprisingly small window of about 12 to 24 hours for sperm to meet egg resulting in pregnancy. Even though this window is small the good news is that sperm lives and is able to fertilize much longer anywhere from three to six days.
Good timing can be the ticket to getting pregnant naturally without medical intervention. Read below for information and strategies to get pregnant naturally. If you have already tried these methods you may need help from an infertility specialist do not wait too long.
Age is a really an important factor in how long you can wait to see a fertility specialist if you are having trouble getting pregnant.
If you are 35 or younger, have had unprotected sex at least 2 times per week and have not been able to conceive in a 12 month period, you may need to contact a fertility specialist. When you are under the age of 35, your body is still at a good and healthy age to conceive naturally. It is important to contact a fertility doctor and have him run some fertility tests at this point.
Women who are over the age of 35, have had unprotected sex at least 2 times per week and have not been able to conceive should schedule an appointment with a fertility specialist after only 6 months. This is because women who are over the age of 35 often have a more difficult time conceiving naturally and additional fertility measures may be needed. As women age, the quality of their eggs decline and menstrual cycles are more likely to become irregular. The process of conception can just become more difficult in general.
Other medical issues that warrant going to an Infertility Specialist (REI) as soon as possible.
- A woman has had a history of three or more miscarriages.
- A woman needs microsurgery or treatment for endometriosis or a blockage or scarring of her fallopian tubes.
- A woman who ovulates irregularly (or not at all) hasn't responded to previous drug treatment.
- A couple has a known risk factor, such as a history of genital infections or pelvic inflammatory disease, a DES mother (a mother who took diethylstilbestrol, a synthetic form of estrogen, during pregnancy), irregular periods, undescended testicles, etc.
- A man's semen analysis shown a low sperm count, poor motility (movement), or poor morphology (structure).
- A couple is considering assisted reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) or interauterine insemination (IUI).
- A couple has "unexplained infertility" (their basic tests have come back normal, but they haven't had luck in conceiving).
Strategies and information to get pregnant before seeking medical intervention:
Know when you are ovulating
Timing – ovulation occurs halfway through your cycle. Day one is the first day of your period if your cycle is regular it is 28 days. So you be ovulating on day 14 a few days before and on this day would definitely give you the best chance of getting knocked up/pregnant.
Ovulation Predictor Kits – they are easy, accurate but cost money and you still need to use timing as detailed above so you are not using tests when you are not close to your ovulation date.
Ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) are able to pinpoint your date of ovulation 12 to 24 hours in advance by looking at levels of luteinizing hormone, or LH, which is the last of the hormones to hit its peak before ovulation actually occurs. All you have to do is urinate on a stick and wait for the indicator to tell you whether you're about to ovulate. The best time to take these tests is late morning or early afternoon.
Listen to your body. It is probably giving you all the signs.
Pain or cramps in your lower abdominal area usually on one side - this is the side you are ovulating from. If you feel this it is a good sign to get to the baby making (intercourse).
Signs in your Cervix
As ovulation approaches the cervix pulls back up, softens and opens a little. It is like your body is opening up the doors for sperm to fertilize the released egg. Another sign that you can watch for is the appearance increase in quantity and change of cervical mucus (the stuff that is typically thick transparent and gooey feeling similar to an uncooked egg white). Its purpose is to carry sperm to the ovum (egg) deep inside you. This is a good early indicator so you have plenty of time to get your partner and get busy to try to get knocked up.
Basal Temperature charts
Your basal body temperature (BBT) is your lowest body temperature in a 24-hour period. This definitely requires some effort planning and tracking. You need to take your oral temperature with a basal thermometer (this type of thermometer is more sensitive showing very tiny degree changes). This is best done in the morning ideally before you get out of bed. Record and track results you will see a spike in temperature right before you are going to ovulate. Before ovulation, your BBT probably ranges from 97.2 to about 97.7 degrees Fahrenheit. But two or three days after you ovulate, hormonal changes cause a rise of 0.4 to 1.0 degree in your BBT, which lasts at least until your next period. (You may notice your temperature spiking on other days here and there, but unless it stays up, you probably haven't yet ovulated.) If you become pregnant, your temperature will stay elevated throughout your pregnancy.
Female fertility and your age
A woman’s best reproductive years are in her 20s. This is when it is easiest to get pregnant naturally. Fertility gradually declines in the 30s, particularly after age 35. Each month that she tries, a healthy, fertile 30-year-old woman has a 20% chance of getting pregnant. That means that for every 100 fertile 30-year-old women trying to get pregnant in 1 cycle, 20 will be successful and the other 80 will have to try again. By age 40, a woman’s chance is less than 5% per cycle, so fewer than 5 out of every 100 women are expected to be successful each month. The age-related loss of female fertility happens because both the quality and the quantity of eggs gradually decline.
Women do not remain fertile until menopause. The average age for menopause is 51, but most women become unable to have a successful pregnancy sometime in their mid-40s. These percentages are true for natural conception as well as conception using fertility treatment, including in vitro fertilization (IVF). If you are experiencing trouble getting pregnant after the age of 35 it is important to seek help from and infertility specialist as soon as possible.
We are proud to offer infertility diagnosis and a variety of modern, state-of-the-art infertility treatments, including IVF, IUI, and fertility preservation, at ReproMed Fertility Center in Dallas Metroplex. Dr. Pinto has dedicated his life to helping make his patients' dreams of achieving a successful pregnancy a reality. Our team is eager to provide you with the tools you need to safely conceive a child. If you are interested in in vitro fertilization, contact ReproMed Fertility Center to schedule a confidential consultation with Dr. Anil Pinto or Dr. Orkun Tan.