Trying to Conceive? Tips for Men and Women
It usually takes two to make a baby. Though it is a woman’s responsibility to conceive and deliver the child, a man also has an important role to play. Generally, for fertilization to occur, the man’s sperm must be strong and healthy enough to reach and penetrate the woman’s egg. For this to occur, the man must be able to have and keep an erection, have enough semen to transport the sperm to the eggs and have enough sperm that is of the optimum shape and move in the right manner.
For women, the desire to have offspring can motivate some to make healthier lifestyle choices. They may pay more attention to the drugs, food, and beverages they put in their body. Some may be encouraged to exercise. For men and women who want to optimize their fertility, taking a good care of their body is an important step. So what else can couples do to improve their chances of having a baby? In this article, we are going to discuss some tips that could fast track the conception process.
Different studies have suggested that situations in which the man is overweight and the woman is of normal weight result into a longer conception time than couples with no weight problem. Other research has also pointed to the fact that being obese can affect a man’s sperm motility, which reduces sperm count and their ability to swim. Recently, a study discovered that obese men are more likely to have low sperm count when compared to optimal weight men which could possible make it a little harder for those men to father children.
Several studies have shown a direct correlation between smoking and reduced sperm quality. Male smokers are more likely to have higher numbers of abnormally shaped sperm. They are also more likely to have low sperm count and highly decreased sperm mobility and motility. Prospective fathers are advice to avoid cigarette, marijuana, and other recreational drugs.
Manage Your Health
Managing chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure effectively will highly improve your chances of getting your partner pregnant. Some other conditions like cystic fibrosis may also affect male fertility if not properly treated. Some STD’s are also known to negatively affect a man’s fertility if not properly treated.
Daily multivitamin intake is recommended for men. It doesn’t harm but has a lot of potential benefits. Most multivitamin formulation for the male folks might include antioxidant like vitamin C and E, and the minerals Zinc and Selenium. Antioxidants are known to cause the increase in sperm count and movement.
Keep Menstrual Circle Record and Ovulation
Women who want to get pregnant should pay a lot more attention their menstrual circle. They should monitor if the first day of their period tends to arrive in the same numbers of days apart or whether it varies from month to month. Seeing your period on the same numbers of days apart signify a regular menstrual circle; the menstrual circle is irregular if the days vary. By accurately tracking the menstrual circle, women can best predict when they are ovulating which is the best time for conception. Conception usually occurs during or soon after ovulation as the eggs are released from the ovaries. So knowing when this time will come and planning to have sex during before and during that period will greatly improve her chances of conceiving within that particular menstrual circle.
Generally, the “fertile window” in a regular menstrual circle spans a period of five days before ovulation and the day of ovulation. These are the most fertile days of the menstrual circle. Some studies have discovered that conception is most likely when intercourse occurs two days before ovulation. However, couples should have regular sex regardless of the period in the menstrual circle. Regular sex increases the chances of getting pregnant regardless of when it occurs. Waiting for the period of evolution to have sex is not the best idea if you want to get pregnant.
Smoking can lead to severe fertility issue with both sexes. Chemicals such as carbon monoxide and nicotine found in smoke can speed the loss rate of a woman’s egg. It is also advisable for a woman who wants to get pregnant to avoid second-hand smoke as it also affects the chances of getting pregnant. Marijuana and other recreation drugs are also not recommended when you are trying to get pregnant.
Fertility Friendly Environment
Regular exposure to farm and lawn pesticide, chemical solvent or pollutant used at home or work can greatly reduce a woman’s fertility. It is recommended she takes some steps to minimize the level of exposure by wearing protective gloves, masks, glasses and clothing around potentially harmful materials. Stress management is also an important element in creating a fertility friendly environment. Trying to conceive is stressful enough for most couples. Though it is not clear how much stress affects a woman’s chance of getting pregnant, it makes sense for the woman to have a good coping strategy to help manage the stress at all time. Women can relax the body and mind by taking a deep breath, exercising, listening to music and doing yoga.
Finally, couples should seriously consider having an infertility evaluation if the woman is well above 35 years and has not become pregnant after more than six months of having regular sex without using birth control. It is also recommended that a woman of 34 years or below consult a fertility specialist with her partner if she failed to get pregnant after more than one year of having unprotected sex on regular basis.
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