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Tips for Trying to Conceive

For some couples, conception can be one of the most challenging stages of pregnancy. If you have an irregular menstrual cycle, eggs or sperm with a shorter lifespan, or other fertility issues, then conceiving can take much longer for you, and you may doubt your ability to get pregnant without medical intervention.

Today OvuSense has some tips for those trying to conceive, that could help cut down the time to begin your pregnancy journey.

Finding Your Fertile Window

You can give yourself a better chance to conceive if you’re consciously targeting your fertile window: the span of days in your menstrual cycle when the lifespan of sperm and eggs overlap, giving sperm the chance to meet a fertile egg and potentially fertilise it. If you’re not trying to conceive during this fertile window, you’re cutting your chances of success significantly.

The most important thing you can do is predict when you’re going to ovulate. This allows you to try to conceive in the days leading up to this event, when sperm have the best chance of encountering that fresh egg.

OvuSense recommend monitoring your Basal Body Temperature to identify when you’re going to ovulate – this is a method that can help even if you have very irregular periods or hormone disruptions caused by conditions like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. OvuSense’s own fertility monitor takes your temperature automatically and uses a clinically tested algorithm to turn that data into a prediction of your upcoming fertile days.

Lifestyle Changes

The lifestyle changes you need to make to boost your chances of conception are relatively simple: exotic fertility diets often aren’t as effective as making one or two small, important changes. The most important thing you can do right now is give up smoking, if you are smoker. There’s almost nothing that does as much damage to your fertility, but fortunately, your reproductive cells recover their health within three months of quitting, so if you’re serious about stopping you’ll see the results quickly.

You can also try to add more leafy green vegetables to your diet – these contain some of the most important building blocks that go into creating the key reproductive cells of sperm and eggs, as well as electrolytes that help to ensure your body’s menstrual cycle is regular.

Exercise and Health

Moderate exercise is recommended for people trying to get pregnant: if your normal fitness regime is intense and testing, this may be the time to scale back a little, while if you’re a stranger to the gym under normal circumstances, this may be a good time to begin a gentle workout to ensure your body is in good health for conception and a trouble free pregnancy.