how can I improve my chances of pregnancy?
Fertility awareness has been scientifically proven to increase your chances of pregnancy
We spend a lot of time trying to avoid pregnancy, but when we’re ready to start a family for many people it suddenly becomes clear that conceiving isn’t always as straightforward as having unprotected sex.
Many couples we work with feel overwhelmed with information and advice from family and friends. We spend a lot of time working with people in the clinic to gain confidence and knowledge about their fertility, their cycle and when they are most fertile. This is called fertility awareness and we use this alongside all our treatments to help people achieve pregnancy quicker when they’re trying to conceive naturally.
What is fertility awareness?
Fertility Awareness, when you want to get pregnant, is all about observing and tracking your fertility signs so you know whether or not you’re potentially fertile on any given day. Studies show that people who use Fertility Awareness have a shorter time to pregnancy and it is, therefore, one of the best ways to improve your fertility.
So, how do I know when I am most fertile?
.The two main ones I encourage my clients to look at are Cervical Mucus and Basal Body
Cervical Mucus can show you when your body is preparing to ovulate and therefore signals the best time to have sex. Taking your Basal Body Temperature can confirm you have actually ovulated, so is a check against your cervical mucus and confirmation you timed sex appropriately.
What do I need to do?
To check for cervical mucus it’s important to start looking for it on a daily basis once your period has finished:
Look before and after each wee/bowel movement
Check your loo paper, is it shiny, can you see any cervical mucus on it
Notice the sensation when you wipe, does it slide, or does it drag? If it slides, then there is lubrication, and this is your cervical mucus.
When you notice it, it’s your clue to have enough regular sex (every other day) through your window.
Why is it so important?
Because without it you can’t get pregnant. Cervical mucus is a fluid produced by the cervix which allows the sperm to stay alive and travel through the vagina and cervix to meet the egg. Without it the sperm cannot stay alive, it’s that simple.
Want to find out more?
Please see our blog for more information, speak to one of your practitioners or you may want to buy our online course called Teaching to Conceive This self-study guide take you through your understanding of your menstrual cycle, to how to track and understand your fertile window to ways you can enhance your fertility and your partners. The aim is to empower people to understand their cycles and their fertility and feel more in control whilst they are trying to get pregnant.