Are you worried about or interested in "getting pregnant?" Every adult female knows what "getting pregnant," means and, if you don't know exactly how that happens the "normal way," go to the library and educate yourself so that you are empowered to make good decisions about your body... and about your relationships.
Throughout this website you are going to encounter many tips on getting pregnant. But, in this article I want to give you some basic tips that may or may not be obvious. In my clinic I still encounter women who don't know many of the simple techniques that encourage pregnancy.
If you haven't yet figured out what days you are fertile, here is a simple way to tell. You are usually fertile from two to four days per month. During those days your vaginal mucous will look and feel like egg white. Take some of that mucous between your thumb and forefinger and pull those fingers apart. If it forms an egg white-like thread for an instant, you are in your fertile period. On the last day you notice the eggwhite mucous, you are at your peak of fertility.
Expect to see that distinct mucous from 11 to 14 days after the first day of your last period. Count the days from the start of your period. When you reach about day eight, stop having sex until you see the egg white mucous. Some doctors believe that the sperm is more concentrated if the man has refrained from ejaculation for a few days.
Having said all that, remember that cycles can vary from 24 days to 36 days. So, ovulation may not be on day 14 or day 16. See my section on tracking your cycles. In my opinion, tracking your cycles and knowing your own body, is the very best way to know when you are fertile. Also, don't go by your temperature alone. By observing your vaginal mucous you will be able to predict with good accuracy when you are most likely to conceive.
And this brings me to another point. Men, don't masturbate while you and your partner are trying to conceive. Also, during this time, men should wear loose clothing so that the testes do not get overheated.
Don't expect to be able to get pregnant if you have recently discontinued taking the pill. It can take as many as six months (or longer) for your body to reset itself.
Being adequately aroused during intercourse is also important. Arousal gets the vaginal juices flowing making the region friendly to the sperm trying to swim their way to success.
After a loving encounter with your partner, stay in bed. Remember before you go to bed to empty your bladder so that you will feel comfortable enough to stay in bed. The sperm are making the long, difficult journey "up"... give them every opportunity to make it all the way. You have probably noticed, after intercourse, when you sit on the toilet, much of the ejaculate drops out into the toilet. So, stay in bed!
To further aide those little guys on their journey, place a pillow under your hips to tilt the pelvis up.
No one knows whether or not a particular position aids in getting pregnant. It is, however, helpful if the penis is fully inserted into the vagina at the moment of ejacualtion. And, some believe that if the woman can have an orgasm at the same time or after her partner, there is a better chance of conceiving.
Throughout this website these subjects and many more, are expanded upon. So, buzz around until something makes sense for you and your situation.
Dr. Christine Strong, NMD
Stages in Pregnancy is a beautiful website that will guide you through your fertility years, the early signs of pregnancy and the three trimesters through post partum.
In the beginning stages learn how to effectively chart your fertility signs to pinpoint ovulation and identify possible infertility.
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