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Three Questions to Ask Before Trying to Conceive
By Dr. Yvonne Bohn, Dr. Allison Hill and Dr. Alane Park, OB/GYNs and Chief Medical Consultants for e.p.t®
Congratulations! You’re planning on having a baby! In order to ensure a healthy, happy conception, ask your doctor these three questions.
1. What should I do before I start trying to get pregnant?
Naturally, you’ll want to be in the best health possible. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, taking a prenatal vitamin and drinking less alcohol are all great steps to take. One thing that might be off your radar, but is a must, is testing your vaginal health. Many infections have no symptoms and therefore go undetected and untreated, which can lead to pregnancy complications such as preterm labor.
Testing your vaginal health is an easy and simple way to help ensure you and your baby will be healthy during pregnancy.
One way to determine whether you need treatment is the e.p.t™ Preconception Health Test. The easy-to-use swab changes color if a woman’s vaginal acidity is abnormal. If that’s the case, an infection might be present and you should see your doctor. If the test doesn’t change color, you are “in the clear” to start trying.
2. How long will it take me to get pregnant?
Getting pregnant can take time. Despite what we learned in grade school, getting pregnant isn’t all that easy. In fact your best chances of conceiving are within 36 hours of ovulation. So trying for a month or two is normal.
However, if you’ve been trying to conceive for several months and it hasn’t happened yet, or if you’re concerned about your fertility or your partner’s fertility, you may want to test for common infertility causes. (Infertility is defined as the inability to get pregnant if you’ve been trying for one year or more if you’re 35 or younger; 6 months if you’re over 35.)
The e.p.t™ Complete Home Fertility Kit includes a male product that tests sperm concentration with 98% accuracy and a female test that detects follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), which assesses egg quantity and quality.
You can test quickly and easily in your own home, and share the results with your doctor.
3. Can I improve my chances of getting pregnant?
If you’re trying to conceive, it helps to know when you’re ovulating -- having sex within 36 hours of ovulation gives you the best chance of getting pregnant. An over-the counter ovulation test provides you with the most accurate prediction.
And because you want to make sure your body is ready for baby, you should be taking folic acid before and after you conceive. According to the CDC, enough folic acid in a woman’s body before and during pregnancy can help prevent certain birth defects of the baby’s brain and spine.
One product has you covered. The new e.p.t™ Ovulation Test Plus offers seven ovulation sticks that you to pinpoint your most fertile days by detecting LH with over 99% accuracy, and a 30-day supply of folic acid along with education about its importance prior to and during pregnancy.