When you and your partner have decided you want to have a baby together, it might seem like you just can’t get pregnant fast enough. You’ve stopped using birth control, you’re eating healthy foods, and you may already be taking folic acid and prenatal vitamins. However, although it seems like you’re doing everything right, getting pregnant all depends on whether sperm connects with your egg at just the right time during your cycle.
The best way to ensure that you get pregnant is to chart your cycle, check your cervical mucus, and have sex at the time you’re ovulating. You can also stay on top of checking your basal body temperature or use a fertility monitor to help you with determining when you’re fertile.
Here are tips you can follow if you want to get pregnant faster.
Chart your cycle
The length of a menstrual cycle varies for each woman, and not all women have “perfect” 28-day cycles. The average cycle lasts between 21 and 35 days, which is why it’s important to chart your cycle and track when you’re ovulating. If you have a regular cycle and are able to predict when you’re going to get your period every month, your ovulation time will be 14 days before your period begins. For women with a regular 28-day cycle, this would be two weeks into the cycle. Women with a 26-day cycle would ovulate around day 12, and women with a 30-day cycle would ovulate around day 16. The key to finding your ovulation date is to subtract two weeks from the date of your next expected period.
Check your cervical mucus
If you’re not already familiar with cervical mucus, it’s a type of secretion, or vaginal discharge that your body ejects when you’re fertile and ovulating. Cervical mucus shows up when your body is ovulating, and has a slippery, stretchy consistency that resembles egg whites. You may have seen cervical mucus in your underwear or on toilet paper after wiping. Although this method may seem gross to some women, checking cervical mucus is the most accurate and cost-effective way to determine if you’re ready to conceive.
Take your basal body temperature (BBT)
Your BBT is your morning body temperature just before you get out of bed, and increases slightly following the release of an egg. The average, normal BBT is between 96 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit, and increases by about half a degree and remains elevated during your most fertile time just before you get your period. The best way to use BBT is to keep track of it over the course of a few cycles so you can recognize patterns, and have sex with your partner just before your BBT is expected to increase following the release of an egg.
Use a fertility monitor
If your cycle is irregular or unpredictable, especially if you’ve recently stopped taking birth control pills, you may need to use a fertility monitor to determine when you’re most fertile. Fertility monitors are available in most drugstores, and uses your morning urine to measure certain hormones that rise just before you ovulate. Using a fertility monitor is similar to using a pregnancy test, and requires you to urinate on a small stick that informs you how close you are to ovulating and being ready to conceive.
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