How to maximise your chances of conception each month.

Despite what we were told when we were younger, you don’t always get pregnant from unprotected sex!

In fact, it is estimated that women are only fertile for approximately 4 to 5 days each cycle. And even if there are no underlying issues and you have sex at the right time there is only a 25 to 35 % chance of conception happening.

So if you are trying to conceive, it’s important to understand your fertility, know what problems to look out for and be confident in when your fertile window is, to maximise your chances of conception each month.

 

As a fertility awareness teacher and acupuncturist these are my recommendations:

 

Understand Your Menstrual Cycle

Knowledge is power when it comes to conception. Familiarize yourself with your menstrual cycle, including the length and regularity of your periods. Learn your cycle patterns so you can identify the phases of your menstrual cycle and when you are most fertile. Be clear on what is normal and what isn’t so you can identify problems and seek medical support for issues which might be impacting your cycle, your health and your fertility.

 

Track your cycle

Tracking using a calendar, pen and paper or apps is important to help you highlight your ovulation window and understand where issues might be arising. It also helps you identify any changes, which again could be a sign that investigations or attention to lifestyle is needed. Be warned with the apps, many simply predict your ovulation based on an algorithm. Don’t rely on them to identify your most fertile time, learn to understand your body in combination with track for the most effective method of understanding.

 

Be clear and confident with your fertile window.

Ovulation doesn’t always happen on day 14. Despite what the books say approximately only 5 % of women ovulate at this time and it is totally normal for ovulation to move with each cycle or be earlier or later. Therefore the key to success is being confident in knowing when you’re in your fertile window so you don’t miss it! The number one best way of knowing you’re about to ovulate is by checking and knowing your cervical mucus patterns. If you have cervical mucus you are potentially fertile as this can keep the sperm alive for up to 5 days in the reproductive track.

 

Have enough sex and ejaculate regularly.

Timing is crucial when it comes to conception. Aim to have intercourse regularly, especially during your fertile window, every other day is a good amount of time. Every day is not only exhausting but it can leave the sperm with not enough time to regenerate and with the ability of the sperm to survive in cervical mucus it isn’t necessary. What is important though is to remember to continue to ejaculate throughout the whole menstrual cycle (even if you’re not having sex). This ensures the best sperm is ready when the fertile window comes around again.

 

Don’t wait to seek support and investigations.

If you have any issues with your health or your menstrual cycle (irregularity, pain, heaviness etc) seek help immediately. This also applies to men as checking your sperm is an easy way to rule out underlying issues or reveal them so you can address them, rather than continue to try with underling problems.

 

Want to learn more about understanding your fertility and maximising your chances of conception?

 

💛 Our podcast “Don’t Tell Me To RELAX” has lots of  episodes on understanding your fertility and menstrual cycle health.

💛 We have our bespoke Preparation for Pregnancy course, led by our team of fertility experts. This 5 session online course which teaches you everything you need to know about understanding your fertility, optimising your health, supporting your mental health and knowing what tests and checks are available when you’re Trying To Conceive.

💛 Our Fertility Support Community is a place to connect with other people struggling with their fertility. We hold monthly support groups and have live webinars with expert guests and Q& A;s.

💛 And finally you can work with us 121 in one of our three London clinics.