Fertility


What it means to become a mother

It can be a very stressful time, trying to fall pregnant. Some couples try for a long time and are desperate to conceive and start a family. As difficult as it may seem, the best advice is to stay calm, don’t put too much stress on yourself and look into all of the options available.

Before heading off to the doctor for medical checks, there are a few tips and tricks you can try out. Start by focusing on your cycle and working out exactly when you ovulate. You can buy ovulation tests from the pharmacy that will help you out with this. Once you know when your fertile period is, you can start trying for a baby in that window.

Another thing to look at is the overall health of both you and your partner. If you are overweight, try losing a few pounds as this will increase your chances of falling pregnant. Food and diet are also incredibly important to the process. A healthy diet that’s full of the right vitamins – especially folic acid – will certainly help matters.

You can also try a few different sexual positions to increase your chances of conceiving. Any position where the woman is lying with her pelvis tilted upwards and that allows for deeper penetration will help to get the sperm to where you want it to go. There is no real medical evidence that this definitely works, but it can’t hurt to try.

If you’ve been trying to fall pregnant for over a year with no luck, it might be time to now visit your doctor. They can run tests to see if one or both of you have any fertility issues and then advise you on how to correct the problem. The woman will have blood tests done to check the levels in her body of these hormones:

  • Progesterone
  • Estrogen
  • GnRH
  • FSH
  • LH
  • Prolactin
  • Testosterone

The results will show if there is anything wrong with your menstrual cycle that could be preventing you from falling pregnant. Next, the doctor will do an ultrasound of the uterus and ovaries to see if there are any physical abnormalities, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, pelvic adhesions, obstructed fallopian tubes and chronic anovulation. In more complex cases, the doctor will request a hysterosalpingography, also known as an uterosalpingography or HSG test. This is a special type of x-ray done on the uterus and fallopian tubes.

Once a problem has been diagnosed, your doctor will be able to give you medication or advise you on what procedures you need to undergo in order to correct it. In some cases, you may need to induce ovulation or perhaps even go for artificial insemination.

Your partner should also be tested for fertility issues. It’s important to test both of you as there could be medical conditions on both sides that could be stopping you from conceiving. Your doctor will start with hormonal tests and do a spermogram to analyze the actual sperm he creates. If the sperm shows low motility or poor quality levels, your doctor will prescribe certain vitamins and medications to improve this.

Age is also a factor for women trying to get pregnant. While a man can continue to produce healthy sperm throughout his adult life, things are not the same for a woman. As you get older, you may still ovulate every cycle, but the quality of the eggs will start to deteriorate. Once you reach your early 40s, you have about a 12% chance of conceiving naturally with each cycle. You may need to get medical assistance at this age if you wish to have a baby.

Emotions and your mental state can also play a big role in how quickly or easily you fall pregnant. Even if everything is fine physically in terms of your fertility, your stress levels or mood can prevent you from conceiving.

It happens all too often that a couple decide they want to have a baby and then this thought begins to consume them. The longer they go without conceiving, the more of a problem this becomes. They get stressed and anxious about why it isn’t happening for them, and they can start to get irritable or angry with each other. This state of mind will make it harder and harder for the woman to fall pregnant naturally.

The question of how to fall pregnant can become an all-consuming thought in your life when trying to conceive. Remember, it’s essential to stay calm and try not to let it infect your relationship with stress. Additionally, if you decide to use medical interventions, always talk to your doctor about the full ramifications of the procedure or medication. If you aren’t sure, get a second opinion.

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