So, using birth control has become a thing of the past and you’ve trying to get pregnant – how exciting! You probably want to know how to get pregnant fast.
Usually by the time a couple decides to start trying to conceive, they’re hoping for a pregnancy as soon as possible. While there’s no foolproof way to get pregnant immediately, there are ways you can significantly increase your chances of getting pregnant faster.
How to get pregnant fast and easy
Bye bye birth control! If you want to boost your chances of getting pregnant fast and easy, follow these 9 tips:
Tip #1: Have sex every day
Common advice is to make sure you have sex every other day to increase your chances of conceiving.
While everyone agrees sex should not become monotonous while baby-making, having sex every day is not only great for your health, but it can help you to get pregnant faster.
Brisbane-based fertility expert, Dr. Andrew Orr, suggests ignoring advice that a man should ‘store’ his sperm.
“Storing sperm or long intervals without ejaculation does not make sperm better. It actually makes it worse. You need regular ejaculation to have good quality sperm. No ifs, no buts – it’s a fact!”
If daily sex doesn’t work for you, having sex every other day is a good alternative if you want to become pregnant. Either way, frequent sex improves pregnancy rates. At the very least, you should aim to have sex two days before ovulation is expected.
Do sex positions matter if I want to become pregnant?
No particular sex position is known to be best for those trying to conceive – whatever works for you and your partner is best. There are many other more important factors to becoming pregnant which will make a bigger difference!
Tip #2: Have an orgasm (for her!)
While the female orgasm isn’t essential to conception, it can certainly help you to become pregnant. Find out how in our article about female orgasm and conception.
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Tip #3: Learn ovulation signs, what’s normal and what’s not
Using birth control (the hormonal kind) can prevent ovulation. Therefore, you might not be familiar with identifying when you’re ovulating.
To increase your chances of pregnancy, it’s important to make sure you’re educated and informed about your menstrual cycle and fertile window.
On average, women have a 28 day cycle, with ovulation around day 14. However, this is merely an average. Many women do not have a 28 day cycle, nor do they ovulate exactly on day 14. And it’s actually possible to get pregnant at any time during your cycle!
Ovulation predictor kits (similar to pregnancy test kits) can help you get pregnant. They test for luteinizing hormone, which is found in the body when you’re about to ovulate.
If you’re able to identify your fertile days, you’ll know the best time to try to get pregnant.
Painful ovulation is not normal
Painful ovulation is not normal, and could be a symptom of a condition which can cause infertility. Especially if you need pain killers or if ovulation pain interferes with getting about your day, it’s time to see a gynaecologist who will take your problems seriously and not dismiss them (sadly, it happens a lot). If there are problems not being addressed, it can hamper your chances at becoming pregnant.
See our article about ovulation symptoms, which includes information about how to identify fertile cervical mucus (in the form of vaginal discharge).
Tip #4: Clean up your diet
You’ve probably heard stories from couples who cleaned up their diet and became pregnant soon after.
This is because some of the foods we eat can cause inflammation and hormonal imbalances.
Two big hormone disrupting, inflammatory foods to get rid of are sugar (including artificial sugar, which is worse for you) and grains, including pasta, cereals and bread – which are effectively sugar in the body too. These foods can also prevent you from being in a healthy weight range, which can create fertility challenges, as well as put you in the high risk category for giving birth.
Dr Andrew Orr says: “Those extra chocolate bars and sugary drinks are increasing your insulin, which suppresses your hormones. Fact!”
You may want to try low carb, or paleo eating (which also typically eliminates dairy products).
Tip #5: Get enough sleep
Not only can a lack of sleep leave you with a low libido and poor energy levels, but Danish researchers have discovered sleep deprived men are more likely to have fertility problems than those who are getting adequate sleep.
The research states: “Sleep disturbances showed an inverse U-shaped association with sperm concentration, total sperm count, percent motile and percent morphologically normal spermatozoa, and testis size.”
The researchers identified 7-8 hours of sleep to be associated with the lowest risk.
While sleep isn’t a major risk for fertility issues, several health and lifestyle factors can be cumulative, so it’s best to improve the things you can control.
Tip #6: Get rid of stress
“We all know the number one cause of fertility issues is stress. Learn to take time out, let go of control issues and relax more. If you can’t make time now, how are you going to make time for a baby that will need your time?” says Dr Orr.
According to research, high levels of stress can significantly reduce your chances of pregnancy. Researchers took saliva samples from women and found those with the highest levels of alpha-amylase (a biomarker of stress) had a 29% lower chance of falling pregnant each month, compared to women with the lowest levels.
Researcher, Dr. Courtney Denning-Johnson Lynch, said: “For the first time, we’ve shown that this effect is potentially clinically meaningful, as it’s associated with a greater than two-fold increased risk of infertility among these women.”
Tip #7: Stop smoking, alcohol and recreational drugs
Being committed to lifestyle changes are so important.
Smoking can not only hamper fertility for both men and women, but it can result in an increased risk of miscarriage. BellyBelly recommends the Allen Carr Easy Way To Stop Smoking (yes it works). You can read some myths and FAQ’s about smoking and pregnancy here.
“Alcohol and recreational drugs can affect egg and sperm quality”, says Dr. Orr. Reducing alcohol intake (ideally eliminating it completely) and stopping recreational drug use is a must before getting pregnant.
It’s also a good idea to reduce your caffeine intake – but do it slowly! If you want to give up caffeine and avoid the painful headaches, try cutting back to just one cup per day, before stopping completely.
Tip #8: Get regular acupuncture and take your herbs and vitamins regularly
Once you’re off any hormonal birth control pills or devices, your body may need time to adjust and need some nourishment. Acupuncture combined with herbs, and a quality, practitioner-prescribed prenatal vitamin can help you to get pregnant faster.
“These things combined can give you a 96.1% success rate. Fact! Acupuncture alone can increase your success by 61% and increase your chances of a successful live birth by 91%,” says Dr. Orr.
There is also plenty of research on acupuncture increasing the success rates of those undergoing IVF. To find out more information about Dr. Orr’s clinic in Brisbane (96.1% success rate with his program and nearly 11,000 babies later!), visit his website here.
A word about folic acid
Finally, be sure to get informed about folic acid before you conceive. Folate (a B vitamin) is the natural form of folic acid (produced in a lab), and is critical for your baby’s spinal cord development. It may help to prevent birth defects – specifically neural tube defects – such as spina bifida. Ideally, start boosting your levels three months prior to pregnancy, and continue taking it throughout the first trimester. Find out more here.
Tip #9: Get a period tracker app on your phone
To understand your cycle even better and to get predictions of when you’re fertile, install a period or cycle tracker app on your phone. Many of these apps have a mode you can switch to if you’re trying to get pregnant.
When you set up the app, enter in the first day of your last menstrual period (ironically, day one of your menstrual cycle is classed as the first day of pregnancy, if you happen to fall pregnant) and it will predict your fertile days and when your next period is expected. If you don’t know the date of your last period, wait until the start of your next period and go from there.
Getting pregnant fast after depo provera
Have you been on depo provera and now you’re ready to get pregnant?
Dr. Orr has this simple but important question to consider if you want to get pregnant: “Why were you on depo provera in the first place?”
He says many women who are put on depo have never been properly screened for endometriosis and adenomyosis (or both) and are given depo to control bleeding. But they’re not offered proper surgical investigations to see what’s really going on. Therefore, an underlying medical condition could still be a problem and prevent you from getting pregnant.
“If the underlying cause isn’t dealt with, these women won’t fall pregnant, or will find it extremely hard. The very best evaluation tool for fertility and gynaecology is a laparoscopy. Endometriosis can only be definitely diagnosed via surgical interventions (i.e. a laparoscopy). A laparoscopy can actually increase a women’s chances of pregnancy – up to 45% increase after one. Another thing to consider is the affect of depo on fertility, which many women are unaware of.”
Not getting pregnant?
If it’s been 12 months and you’re still not getting pregnant, it’s time to seek further medical advice. Your doctor can help you with a referral to a fertility specialist, or perhaps you’d like to try working with a naturopath or nutritionist who specialises in fertility. They can organise blood tests to check hormone levels and nutritional deficiencies, to help uncover any underlying issues preventing you from getting pregnant.
Remember – men are the source of fertility problems at least 50% of the time, and it isn’t always just about sperm production! Both of you should have your health checked, so you can both be in the best health possible ready for your baby.
All the best on your path to pregnancy!