So, before you find out five ways to get pregnant fast (or faster), let me first tell you my story:
My husband and I got married in 2006 and decided to wait for the “perfect” time before we tried to conceive. The problem was that the “perfect” time never came. We were always moving or in between jobs or too stressed to think about having a baby. So we put it off and put it off and put it off. Finally, we woke up one morning and realized that I had become 32 and my husband had somehow become 34. Now, I am not saying that we were old, but I am saying that I was getting older, and we decided that if we wanted to have a baby, the we should start working on it. At least, sort of.
I went off birth control for the first time in 8 years, and we basically just threw caution to the wind. Over a year went by, and we ended up having nothing to show for it. Zero pregnancies. So that is when we decided to really get serious about it.
Now, a disclaimer: it turns out that there was a medical reason why I hadn’t gotten pregnant. I had PCOS, or poly-cystic ovarian syndrome. I was completely unaware that I had it that entire first year we were trying to conceive! But once I was diagnosed, my doctor put me on Clomid. In case you don’t know, all Clomid does is induce ovulation. It doesn’t guarantee pregnancy or increase your likelihood of getting pregnant beyond the likelihood of any ovulating woman becoming pregnant. So since I hadn’t ovulated in over a year, Clomid simply leveled the playing field for me by making my body ovulate. However, once I was on Clomid, I was able to get pregnant in less than 3 months!
And let me tell you, during those months, I felt an enormous amount of pressure to get pregnant as quickly as possible! Going to a fertility doctor is not cheap (as many of you know). Because of that, I decided to do research, lots and lots of research, on things I could do, on my own, to increase my chances of conception. Below is a list of all the things I did, and they worked!
Monitoring Your Cycle
First things first, you gotta monitor your cycle. Many women believe that they have a 28 day cycle, which means that they ovulate on Day 14. But, lots of women actually have shorter cycles than that, or their cycles tend to vary from month to month. Don’t just assume that you have a regular 28 day cycle and try to conceive around that.
Rather, you should learn your own cycle and then effectively monitor it. The first thing to do is use ovulation tests (the ones I have linked to here are the actual ones I used, and I really, really liked them). These are just like pregnancy tests, meaning that you pee on them and then wait for the result to pop up.
The second thing you need to do is download a conception app onto your phone. I used Glow, which is free. Every morning, I would complete the daily log. It asks for things like your temperature, cervical position, and then amount and appearance of your cervical mucus. It then takes all of this information and calculates a percentage of how likely you are to conceive on that day. Coupling ovulation tests with the app will help you gain a strong sense of your cycle.
Here’s the thing though, I have several friends who are trying to conceive, but they are totally weirded out about checking their own cervical mucus or position. Or, they they think that having that information is not going to make that much of a difference. If you are weirded out or not willing to complete a conception log in its entirely, then my response to you is that if you are serious about getting pregnant, then you should take it seriously! Do everything you can to learn your cycle.
Did you know that not all personal lubricant is sperm-friendly? Yep, it’s true. Most lubes harm the sperm and keep them from swimming freely. Pre-Seed, on the other hand, was actually the first lubricant specifically designed to be used by couples who were trying to conceive.
Does Pre-Seed actually help you get pregnant faster? To be honest, I am not sure, but if you are one of those couples that prefers to use lube, any non-sperm-friendly lubricant is only going to make getting pregnant that much harder. Not worth it, in my opinion.
Thinning Your Mucus
Okay, so you know how when you become congested, you take an expectorant? This is a drug, that helps to thin out the mucus in your nasal passages, helping you to get out the yucky stuff through coughing or sneezing. A common example of an expectorant is Robitussin DM . Here’s the thing, though. Mucus is mucus to your body, and when an expectorant thins out your mucus, it thins it out everywhere.
So if you are worried that your cervical mucus might be too thick, and that’s why you’ve been having a hard time getting pregnant, you might want to try taking Robitussin DM. Two teaspoons (200 mg) taken orally three times per day has been shown to improve cervical mucus, but if your mucus still appears thick, you can try taking the maximum dosage (check the label to find out what that is). I decided to try taking Robitussin because Clomid sometimes create hostile mucus (in 30 percent or more of the women using it.) Yikes, right?
I have known about Softcups for what seems like forever, and I am always surprised when I speak with other women, and they have no idea what I am talking about.
So even if you aren’t trying to get pregnant, listen for a second… Softcups are menstrual cups just like the Diva Cup or the Moon Cup, but they are disposable. They are also incredibly soft and flexible which means that you can wear one and have intercourse with it inserted. Really, you can. And unless you inform your partner that you are using it, I am pretty confident that they will not be able to tell. So Softcups are a miracle for when are menstruating but still want to be sexually active and not create a mess.
That’s why I had known about Softcups for so long, but I didn’t realize until I was trying to conceive, that they can also help you get pregnant faster. I found stories online of women who would have intercourse, and then immediately insert a Softcup. The Softcup created a dish, so to speak, holding the sperm at the base of the cervix. This is important, because it helps keep the sperm from escaping and gives them more of a fighting chance. In fact, Softcups work at holding the sperm so well, that lesbian couples have used them for successful home insemination.
Please note: I linked them above so you can see what they look like, but please don’t buy them from Amazon. They are much, much cheaper at your local CVS. Check the bottom shelf in the Feminine section. I don’t know why they always hide them down there, but they do.
Trying to Relax
I know, I know. If you have been struggling to get pregnant for a while, you are probably rolling your eyes right now. Because everyone always seems to be saying, “Relax!” but its true; it really makes a difference. And I realize that it might not be possible to relax all the time, but think of ways or situations that you naturally relax in, and utilize those times when you are trying to conceive.
For example, I always relax when I am on vacation. I almost can’t help it. So when Erik and I were trying to conceive, I bought a Groupon for a boutique hotel about 30 minutes away from where we lived. We packed everything up and spent the weekend there while we knew I was ovulating, and bada bing, bada boom!
I hope that this post was helpful to you. Getting pregnant seems like it should be so easy, but in reality, it can be difficult. So if this article gave you just one more tool to use, I am happy. For what it worth, my thoughts and best wishes go out to you!
Let me know how your pregnancy journey goes!
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