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Optimising Fertility in Women


Many women try to do many things in order to optimise their chances of conceiving. It’s essential to remember that falling pregnant is not always something you can do right away, it can take time. It is entirely reasonable for the process to take a few months or more. Here are some steps that can be taken so that you can make the process effective and increase your chances. 

Taking note of Ovulation:

The most important thing to fall pregnant is getting the timing right. The best way to increase the odds of getting pregnant is that intercourse is done at the correct time of cycle and ovulation is happening. If you have regular cycles, the day you ovulate is just 2 weeks before your period. This means that the fertile window is the seven days before you expect to ovulate. If your menstrual cycles are not regular, there are different techniques that you can use to pinpoint your ovulation and fertile window more correctly. These include things like, ovulatory kit, basal body temperature etc. Often the best way to approach things is to engage in intercourse every second day from the end of your period as this means you will not miss the ovulation event and sperm quality will be maintained.

Figuring out lubricants:

There are a number of myths about fertility and how to make pregnancy possible. Some of these suggest different positions or keeping the hips elevated following intercourse for some time. Unfortunately, there are no studies that confirm these. But the one thing you should think about is a lubricant. Certain products can reduce sperm motility and viability. These are essential when trying to get pregnant. You’ll need to avoid specific lubricants which will not interfere with your partner’s sperm.

Promoting a healthy lifestyle:

Before trying to get pregnant, a woman should also try to be as healthy as possible. A healthy body means a healthy pregnancy.  Many doctors recommend making an appointment with your obstetrician before you’re pregnant. You can talk about existing health problems and get screened for genetic diseases. You can also approach other health concerns you might have. There could be certain lifestyle changes suggested to increase pregnancy. These include:

  •     getting to a healthy weight
  •     improving diet/exercise habits
  •     eliminating alcohol 
  •     quitting smoking, if you smoke
  •     cutting back on caffeine


 You can make an appointment with Dr Kenny on 3188 5000.

This article is written to be informative and does not substitute seeking a professional consultation from a medical professional.

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