How to become pregnant

When the moment to form a family comes, many questions may arise, such as: in which days should I have intercourse? How long will it take for me to become pregnant? If you are planning to conceive, then you should pay attention to the following tips.

Before trying to become pregnant, we recommend that you visit your gynaecologist and do a complete check-up. The doctor will observe your uterus in order to detect any alterations that may hinder a pregnancy. The doctor will also recommend you consume folic acid and other specific foods and follow a few simple guidelines that will increase your chances of getting pregnant.

If you are using hormonal contraceptives, such as the pill, injections or a vaginal ring, you should stop using them and use condoms for about two months. It is not advisable to try getting pregnant right after you stop using hormonal contraceptives because there is a higher probability of a multiple pregnancy or complications. The first eggs produced after the contraceptives can be of bad quality. After a few ovarian cycles without any medication, you can try to become pregnant.

Once you start trying to become pregnant, you should have sexual intercourse during your fertile days. However, you should not be obsessed with this. Ideally, you should start regardless of your ovulatory cycle and have sex when you feel like it. If after several months of trying you do not become pregnant, you should plan when to have sexual relations in order to increase your chances of getting pregnant.

When to have intercourse?

You should try to have sex during your fertile days, which vary from woman to woman and even from cycle to cycle. Fertile days are those days when ovulation takes place and the following days as well. It is assumed this is the amount of time an egg can “wait” to be fertilized.

In a regular woman with a 28 days cycle, the 14th and 16th days are considered fertile days. To be sure, you can do an ovulation test that is sold in pharmacies and is very easy to use.

Once you have verified your fertile days have started, you should engage into sexual intercourse. It would be convenient for your partner not to ejaculate two or three days before your first fertile day. This way, he will ejaculate a good amount of spermatozoids and, since the abstinence period was not long, spermatozoid mobility and vitality will be appropriate. You should also have sex during the two following days.

Mood while trying to conceive

Try not to become obsessed with the pregnancy. Stress created by this obsession can decrease your chances of becoming pregnant. Try to go on with your normal life, talk with your partner and try not to make the pregnancy your only topic of conversation.

Likewise, you should not do two or three pregnancy tests every month. Wait until your menstruation appears. If your menstruation is several days late, you should do a pregnancy test. A general rule when performing the urine test is that you should wait at least 15 days from the time you had sexual relations.

Pregnancy is not always achieved on the first attempt. It’s normal to take up to a year for a woman to become pregnant. If you have been trying to get pregnant for more than 12 months without success, you should visit an assisted reproduction clinic in order to assess your fertility.

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