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Maximize your chances of pregnancy

Before you begin you must remember that pregnancy is the result of several factors and that even when all is well with you and your partner, conception can take to arrive.

The human species has a low reproductive power. It is estimated that there is a 25% chance of pregnancy per month on a sustained sexual relationship at the time of ovulation in women. After 35 years, the low probability of pregnancy by 10%, and after 40 years of age, the odds decrease to less than 5% per month.

Here are some tips to increase your chances of pregnancy:

Improve your lifestyle

Sometimes, small changes in your lifestyle will be helpful for fertility. Consider the following:

  • Obese or very underweight women take longer to conceive. Obese women take up to 2 times longer to conceive, and underweight women take up to 4 times longer to conceive.
  • Maintain a healthy diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • If you have eating disorders such as anorexia, bulimia or compulsive intake, consult your doctor immediately.
  • Limit your caffeine intake. Women who consume more than 7 cups of coffee a day are more likely to have fertility problems.
  • Avoid if possible in alcohol and cigarettes.
  • Relax! Stress or stress can decrease your chances of pregnancy.
    • Exercise. Do not be swayed by physical inactivity:
    • Walk or ride a bike.
    • Or get off the bus park a little farther from your destination.
    • Go up the stairs instead of the elevator.
    • Go dancing.
  • Sleep well at night and treat you go to bed at the same time.

The best time to conceive

  • The highest chances of pregnancy are given in the "fertile window", ie the next six days that follow the period of ovulation. The period of ovulation usually occurs around day 14 of the menstrual cycle.
  • Frequent sex (from one to two days between each sex) also help increase the chance of pregnancy.
  • Stay relaxed during sex. There is no hard evidence that relaxation increases the chances of pregnancy, but otherwise does decrease stress your chances, so try to maintain a comfortable environment during sex.
  • It has been shown that some lubricants and petrolatum based aqueous gel can affect sperm motility. Ask your doctor what lubricants can be used safely when pregnancy is sought.
  • Generally speaking, sexual positions do not make big differences to achieve pregnancy, but if you are having trouble, every detail counts. The purpose is to make you reach the largest possible number of sperm at the entrance to the uterus. Avoid sexual positions that go against gravity, for example where you are sitting or standing.

If you have had health problems, consult your doctor

Review your own medical history and your partner, it can be a good start for possible problems that may affect their fertility.

In the case of women, consult your doctor if you have had problems:

  • Endometriosis.
  • Irregular or absent menstrual periods, without being receiving contraceptives.
  • Severe pain in lower abdomen coinciding with the menstrual bleeding.
  • Lost two or more pregnancies.
  • History of any sexually transmitted disease.
  • Background of pelvic or genital infection.
  • Previous abdominal or pelvic surgery.
  • Chronic medical illness. Ex .: Diabetes, hypertension, etc.
  • Background of chemo- or radiotherapy.
  • Background of endocrine disorders.

In the case of men, consult your doctor if you have had problems:

  • Background mumps before onset of puberty.
  • Background of chemo- or radiotherapy.
  • History of undescended testicles in childhood.
  • History of abdominal surgery or testicular.
  • History of sexually transmitted disease or genital infection.
  • Chronic medical illness. Ex .: Diabetes, hypertension, etc.