10 Common Mistakes When Trying to Conceive
1. Little sex:
You may think that by reducing sexual intercourse the “sperm” will fertilize, but this is not the case! “It’s easy to lose fertility when you just have sex when you think you’re ovulating,” says Samuel Wood, medical director at the Center for Reproductive Sciences in La Jolla, California.
Even more so, have sex often and pay special attention to the days before ovulation.
2. Too much sex and no fun:
“Even if you have sex often, sperm strength will not decrease as many believe,” says Dr. Wood.
Wood explains that when it is for reproductive purposes, having sex several times a day or even every day, they are prone to experience “burnout” or “burnout worker” syndrome and make it impossible for sperm to fertilize.
Making love but, fun. One of the most effective positions is the missionary where the woman is lying on her back, and the man on his stomach, on top of her. There’s no need for such acrobatics.
Use a pillow under the buttocks of her, so the pelvis is raised more, allowing better penetration and increases the chances that the sperm reach effectively fertilize the egg.
3. The same position:
Mix and diversify. “When a man ejaculates, the sperm swims out, entering directly into the cervical mucus and fallopian tubes. Regardless of the position, it happens in seconds, but don’t be left with just one thing,” explains Serena Chen, director of the division of reproductive endocrine and infertility at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Pennsylvania.
4. Assuming that the woman is the problem:
A couple has time to try though, years go by and nothing. The biggest mistake lies in thinking that the problem is the woman.
“From day one, couples have to think it could be the woman, the man, both of them, or simply unexplained infertility,” says Dr. Chen. “About half of all infertility problems are related to the woman, 40 percent are related to the man, and the other 10 percent are both or none.” The best thing, he adds, is for both partners to evaluate from the beginning to go safely.
Women assume that because of regular menstrual cycles they are fertile. It is very positive but, it is necessary to take into account factors such as the quality of the egg, good production of progesterone among others. The reasons that affect fertility do not always depend on a regular menstrual cycle.
Many women believe they ovulate 14 days after the first day of their period, but the length of the cycle varies, and ovulation doesn’t always occur at the same time each month, says Dr. Seibel. They also mistakenly determine ovulation.
“If you’re in tune with your body, your egg-white-like vaginal discharge occurs a few days before ovulation. But many women mistake this as a sign of ovulation,” says Dr. Yvonne Bohn.
6.Sex on the day of ovulation:
After ovulation, the egg can be fertilized for only about 24 hours. If you make a mistake, you will have to wait to try again next month. Having sex in the days before ovulation increases the chances of pregnancy.
7. I use lubricants:
The use of these affects the mobility of the sperm, making it difficult to reach the egg. If you need one, use a natural one.
8. Hurry up and go to the specialist:
If you have two or three months of trying without results, don’t rush to find a specialist. “If you’re under 35, with regular menstrual cycles and no underlying health problems that might affect fertility, wait a year,” advises Dr. Wood.
9. Don’t seek medical help:
“If you have irregular periods or a history of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), or other health problems that can affect fertility or pregnancy, it’s a good idea to seek out a specialist,” says Dr. Chen.
10. Neglecting your general health:
Often, when couples are trying to conceive, they focus so intently on their reproductive health but neglect their overall health.
Consider weight, smoking, stress, and medications that can affect fertility as well, says Dr. Chen.
Common Mistakes When Trying to Conceive
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