So, you have finally made the decision to stop using contraception and to start trying for a baby.
If you are like most women in this position you are probably wondering if there are certain things you can do to help maximise your chances of getting pregnant.
First of all there is an important difference between patients who have a pre-existing medical conditions and patients who are generally healthy. If you do have any medical conditions you should talk to your local doctor.
Trying To Conceive
The chance of pregnancy following unprotected intercourse is approximately 20% per month. Following one year of trying to conceive, 85% of couples will have succeeded in getting pregnant and by the end of 2 years, this increases to 95%. It is estimated that up to 1 in 6 couples experience some degree of difficulty in conceiving either their first child or a subsequent child. So you are not alone.
Here are some tips from the Fertility Clinic:
- Are you taking folic acid? This supplement has been shown to reduce your risk of having a baby with specific neural defects. It should be taken at least three months before conception.
- Is your body mass index normal? BMI is a calculation of your body height and weight and normally range between 18.5 and 25.
- Do you drink much alcohol? Drinking too much alcohol is detrimental to fertility for both men and women. The recommended amount is 1 to 2 units once or twice a week.
- Do you smoke or take any recreational drugs? Smoking and taking drugs have strong associations with female fertility and sperm quality.
- Enjoy having sex with your partner at least twice a week and try not to live too much by the calendar.
Author Rita Galimberti Femplus Clinic