The Basics Of Trying To Conceive
If you have just started trying to conceive (TTC) you might have some questions; How do I maximize my chances of getting pregnant? is having sex every day bad when trying to conceive? & is there any trying to conceive tips?
Here is our quick guide to help answer all the TTC questions you might have. The facts, TTC Acronyms and Abbreviations and tips to help you conceive.
What is ovulation & its role in trying to conceive?
Ovulation is the part of a woman’s menstrual cycle where a mature ovary follicle releases an egg. It occurs because of the sudden and dramatic increase in the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and Follicle-Stimulation Hormone (FSH).
The egg released during ovulation will survive as little as 6 hours, and anywhere up to 24 hours. When trying to conceive this is the only time throughout your cycle where you can successfully fertilise an egg and fall pregnant.
What is a menstrual cycle?
A woman’s menstrual cycle is the phase from the first day of her period until the beginning of her next period. An average cycle is approximately 28 days, however, each woman is different and your cycle may be shorter or longer.
The menstrual cycle is generally divided into three phases: the follicular phase, ovulation and the luteal phase.
The stages of the menstrual cycle
The first stage of the menstrual cycle is the follicular phase, which lasts approximately 14 days, from the first day of your period until ovulation. During this phase, the body produces follicles on the ovaries. These follicles continue to grow until one or two become the dominant follicle. From there, an egg is released during the ovulation phase.
The ovulation phase is the shortest phase of a menstrual cycle and can last up to 24-36 hours. During ovulation the hormones LH and FSH peak and this causes the dominant follicle to release an egg (also known as ovum). Without fertilisation, the egg will only survive up to approximately 24 hours. Knowing when you are about to ovulate can maximize your chances of getting pregnant.
The final phase of the menstrual cycle is the luteal phase. The luteal phase will end in either pregnancy or a new menstrual cycle. The luteal phase will generally last for approximately 14 days.
When does the menstrual cycle begin?
It is important when trying to conceive to remember your menstrual cycle begins on the first day of your period. This is often referred to as Cycle Day (CD1).
What methods can be used to detect ovulation?
Ovulation can be detected in many ways. The symptoms of ovulation are often small and require careful monitoring.
Some methods used to detect ovulation include:
– Ovulation Tests
– Cervical Mucus
– Basal Body Temperature
– Ovulation Pains.
– Using our Ovulation Test Instructions
Check out our page dedicated to ovulation symptoms and how to track them.
When to have sex?
Successfully and accurately determining when you ovulate will dramatically increase your chances of conceiving, and help you determine when to have sex. It is important to remember that you have the best chance of conceiving by having sex before ovulation and not after. Sperm can survive in a woman’s body for up to 5 days in the right environment, however, an egg only has a short window of approximately 6-24 hours to be fertilised. Is having sex every day bad when trying to conceive? In general, try to have sex every other day, or at least 3 times a week, and use methods to try and successfully pinpoint ovulation will help increase your chances of convincing naturally.
See your doctor and try to get your health in check before trying to conceive
Before trying to conceive it is important to try and get your health in check, and importantly if you smoke try and give up this habit. It is worth visiting your doctor to have a preconception check-up. Your doctor will check for and treat any issues that may be an issue during pregnancy and ensure your vaccinations are up to date.
Start taking pre-conception vitamins
To get you in shape for pregnancy, you should begin taking pre-pregnancy vitamins approximately 3 months before falling pregnant. It is important to take a vitamin that contains iron and folic acid. Folic Acid reduces the risk of your baby being born with a serious birth defect involving the brain and spinal cord.
Vivalex Reproductive Blend is a dietary supplement formulated for reproductive health. that includes Folic Acid 200mg per serve + Myo-Inositol, which is the nutritionally active form of Inositol, Vivalex has been shown to assist with ovulation & function & assist women with PCOS plus can increase egg quality and regulate menstrual cycles.
What are your odds of getting pregnant each month?
– Only 30% of couples actively trying to conceive will fall pregnant within their first cycle
– 75% of couples will fall pregnant within 6 months of actively trying to conceive
– 90% of couples will fall pregnant within 12 months of actively trying to conceive
– 95% of couples will fall pregnant within 18-24 months
Subfertility is defined as a failure to conceive after one year of unprotected regular sexual intercourse
How Do You Know When To See A Fertility Specialist?
If you have not fallen pregnant within 12 months of actively trying to conceive, or you do not have a regular cycle within 3 months of coming off contraception, please see your doctor.