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10 Common Mistakes Couples Make While Trying to Conceive

Date:23-06-2013 09:40:08 read:14
Category:Women-->Pregnancy

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Couples who are trying really hard to conceive often err on certain things. These mistakes could actually lead to their not being able to conceive, leading to frustration and sometimes personal dissatisfaction. Here are a few things worth looking into.

1. Timing

It is often suggested to try conceiving a week before and up to a week after the probable ovulation date. Although women have a 28 day cycle, it is hard for them to exactly predict the 14th day, month after month. Pinning all your hopes on that day is a really bad idea. It is better to generally consider having intercourse a few days before and after that date so you don’t miss it in spite of an irregular cycle. Identifying the fertile window by monitoring the fertile signs or by using ovulation tests is important.

2. Not understanding your cycles

Couples should know that while the sperm can stay in the female’s body for 4 to 5 days, the eggs live only for about 24 hours. That is why it is important to monitor cycles. Days 11 to 17 are particularly important if you are trying to conceive as this is the period during which ovulation may occur. There could be hormonal issues as well which could be detected based on the cycles and their irregularity.

3. Overindulging in sex

Overindulgence could lead to a drop in the sperm count thereby leading to failure in conceiving. Therefore, couples are advised to pick the best period of a month and indulge in intercourse on alternate days to maximize the chances of conceiving. Doing it every day and multiple times each day doesn’t necessarily increase the chances of conceiving.

4. Not seeking medical help in spite of issues

It is normal that couples have to wait for months to conceive. Nevertheless if there are signs like irregular or longer menstrual cycles, it could be because of underlying problems or medical conditions. Therefore, it is important to visit your doctor if you see any abnormal signs. It is also important to realize that the issue might not necessarily be with the lady. If you have been trying way too long, it is important to check if the man has fertility problems.

5. Waiting too long to get pregnant

Couples like to wait till they are exactly ready to don the new role and responsibility. Nevertheless, they should be mindful of the fact that the conceiving ability comes down by half between the ages of 20 and 40. That means, the older the woman, lesser are the chances of conceiving safely. So, if you are ready, don’t wait for too long.

6. Thinking it is all about positions

It isn’t about positions even though couples love to fret about it. Positioning is one of the least important factors when it comes to the odds of the woman getting pregnant. Thinking you are getting the position wrong is not ideal especially when you may need to consult the doctor for other reasons.

7. Hanging on to bad habits

Fertility will be affected by a lot of factors. It is important to have a balanced diet and avoid being too thin or too obese. It is important to avoid caffeine and artificial sweeteners too. Staying in the best of health improves chances of conception.

8. Using lubricants

Although it makes sex less painful it should be noted that some lubricants actually impede sperm. So, one should avoid using them or use sperm friendly lubricants. In fact, lubricants are not designed for sperm transportation and hence will actually slow them down. Women do have a natural lubricant, the cervical fluid that is stretchy and actually helps in carrying the sperms to the eggs while also nourishing them.

9. Wrong inferences of fertile signs

Picking the wrong fertile window based on incorrect inferences is another common mistake. For example, some women go through ovulation pain which might be confused with mid-cycle pain. So, women might be confused about the precise ovulation timing. There could be multiple episodes of fertile mucus, although egg white cervical mucus indicates high fertility. So, couples usually get it wrong if they are trying to conceive only on one or two days of the cycle.

10. Ignoring other health conditions

If either one in the couple has other health issues or suffers from diabetes, thyroid disorder and other such conditions, it is important to consult a doctor. Along with ideal weight, ideal health is also a big factor when the couple is trying to conceive. So, in cases where one of the two isn’t in prime health, a doctor’s advice has to be taken.

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