Six tips on how to get pregnant fast

Wondering how to get pregnant quickly? Here are six tips on how to become pregnant. 

1. The younger, the better

Whilst the fertility of women and men declines as they get older, the age of a woman when trying to conceive is particularly important. Women are born with all their available eggs. This number starts to decline after she reaches puberty and begins her menstrual cycle. The quality of a women’s eggs also declines when she gets older.  A woman’s chance of conceiving naturally starts to decrease in her early 30’s. After the age of 35, that speeds up and by the time she reaches 40 the chance of natural conception is significantly reduced. Some women choose to freeze their eggs to buy a little time. If you want to know how to get pregnant quickly, you should keep your age in mind. 

For more information on egg freezing read our article ‘Egg freezing: Why women are buying time’ here. 

2. Know your fertility window

If you want to know how to conceive, one of the most important thing is, knowing when you’re most likely to conceive, which means getting familiar with your ovulation cycle.

“An egg can only survive for 12 to 24 hours after a woman ovulates, while sperm can survive in the woman's body for 48 to 72 hours after sex. Unfortunately, this means that there’s a small window of opportunity to conceive,” says Melbourne bases obstetrician, gynaecologist and fertility specialist, Dr Jospeph Sgroi.

If you're unsure of how long your menstrual cycle lasts for, it is recommended to use a calendar or use an app to track your cycle and pinpoint when you ovulate. Ovulation kits can also be beneficial.

For more help on charting your ovulation cycling, try our ovulation calculator here.  
 

3. Make sure you are in tip-top condition

“Lead a healthy lifestyle by being active and regularly exercising. Although fertility rates are affected in women who have a high or low BMI, there’s little evidence that following [a] particular diet or health "cleanses" will increase a woman’s chances of getting pregnant quickly. General guidelines to follow are to eat a well-balanced diet and avoid a heavy consumption of alcohol and reduce your caffeine intake,” says Dr Sgroi. 

If you are a smoker, smoking might be affecting your fertility so now is the time to quit. , It’s also a good idea to speak to your doctor about any prescription medications you may be taking. 

Another factor in your wellbeing is stress. Stress never makes anything happen faster or helps when you’re wondering how to become pregnant

 “’Just relax” are likely the least favourite words of many women trying to conceive, especially if it’s taking longer than you hoped for. But there is growing evidence that excessive stress may play a role in fertility. To help with your emotional health, consider meditation, or trying pilates and yoga to learn stress-reduction relaxation techniques that could help relieve stress while you’re trying to conceive,” suggests Dr Sgroi.

4. Check your weight 

Many people are aware that being overweight or obese increases health problems, but what many people don’t realise is that it also reduces fertility and your chances for having a healthy baby. Conversely, having a very low BMI and being underweight can also affect fertility so you need to be just right for your body for best outcomes.

Speak to your doctor, or use this ideal weight calculator, if you’re unsure what weight that is for your body. 

5. Existing conditions

There are some pre-existing health conditions that can affect fertility. 

“Any existing medical conditions that you have should be discussed with your obstetrician or your doctor before pregnancy. Conditions that may affect pregnancy are high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, anaemia, kidney problems, heart or liver disease. You may wish to consider physiotherapy, seeing a chiropractor or osteopath if you have a back injury or condition that may affect your pregnancy or the birth of the baby,” says Dr Sgroi.

Gynaecological conditions such as fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, pelvic inflammatory disease, and endometriosis may also affect your chances of conception or cause concern during pregnancy. Speak with your doctor.
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6. Coming off contraception

Your cycle should return to normal fairly quickly after stopping your contraceptive. If it doesn’t, seek advice from a qualified health professional.  

“Once you stop taking the pill, your fertility should return almost immediately.  This is because the effects of the hormones in the pill aren't long lasting and your regular menstrual cycle should return.  I.e., if you used to have a 28-day cycle, this will resume after stopping the pill,” says Dr Sgroi. 

The same should happen after removing the NuvaRing or IUD, regardless of whether you use the hormonal or non-hormonal intrauterine device.  But if you have any concerns about your fertility after coming off contraception, consult your doctor or other qualified health professional.

7. Seek medical advice

If you’re wondering how to get pregnant or how to get pregnant fast, take comfort in the fact it often takes several months to fall pregnant, so don’t panic if it doesn’t happen immediately, but don’t leave it forever to seek medical advice if nothing is happening.

“For women younger than 35, the general rule is that if you’re not pregnant within a year, you should seek medical advice. For women 35 and over, speak with your healthcare provider when you’re planning on conceiving,” says Dr Sgroi.

However, if you’re experiencing any pelvic pain, irregular or heavy periods, or the male has any concerns about his fertility health, then it is recommended to seek the advice of a qualified health professional at any time.  
 
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